Judson, UM named among safest small colleges in US

Judson College in Marion and University of Mobile (UM) — both Alabama Baptist institutions of higher education — have been named among the “50 Safest Small Colleges & Universities in America” by College Choice, an online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college.

‘Gone to great lengths’

Judson ranks No. 13 on the list with an overall score of 98.6 out of 100. UM ranks No. 19 with an overall score of 97 out of 100.

“Judson College has gone to great lengths to create a safe and healthy campus, a fact proven by their low crime stats,” according to colllegechoice.net.

Judson also offers free self-defense classes for all its students and faculty, has several emergency phone booths on campus and offers escorts who will walk or drive students to their destinations.

UM was noted for its security department, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week; patrols by foot and car; and whose officers are certified in first aid and CPR and trained through an extensive field training program.

College Choice found the safest colleges based on four grades: general safety grade, women’s safety grade, anti-discrimination grade and party scene grade.

“To find the safest colleges we have combed through those campuses, as well as their local cities and neighbors, that boast the lowest crime rates,” reads collegechoice.net.

Factors considered

From there, they compare the reported crime activities from each school in the last three years, including documented hate crimes, violence against women, arrests made and discipline-enforced activities for each.

For the full ranking, visit collegechoice.net. (TAB, UM)