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CSUSM Ranks 13th on List of Safest College Campuses in America

San Marcos, CA – California State University San Marcos is ranked 13th in the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s 2018 ranking of the Safest College Campuses in America.

The National Council for Home Safety and Security created the rankings using the most recent data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and the Campus Safety Security Survey put out by the U.S. Department of Education.

CSUSM is the top-ranked university in California. The complete list is available online.

“Keeping our students safe is the University Police Department’s No. 1 priority,” said CSUSM Chief of Police Scott Ybarrondo. “There are enough stresses in college life, and worrying about your safety on campus should not be one of them. We are committed to ensuring CSUSM remains one of the safest universities in the nation.”

Nearly all accredited institutions with enrollment of at least 10,000 were considered for the rankings, except for those in which a significant amount of data was unavailable.

Each school’s safety score was calculated by analyzing crimes reported by universities. Also factoring into the safety score were violent and property crime rates for the cities in which the schools are located, and the number of law enforcement officers employed by the institution per 1,000 students.

Founded in 2006, the National Council for Home Safety and Security is a national trade association comprised of licensed alarm installers, contractors and other relevant trade groups across the United States.


About California State University San Marcos

Building on an innovative 28-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the City of San Marcos, it is the only public four-year comprehensive university serving North San Diego, Southwest Riverside and South Orange Counties.

The University enrolls nearly 17,000 students. With approximately 2,000 employees, the institution is a Great College to Work For® (The Chronicle of Higher Education). As a recipient of the annual HEED Award since 2014—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—CSUSM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.