#25, The College of Saint Rose
Student Population: 4,949
Most crime at this small college in New York State’s capital, Albany, took place off campus. Most unusually, in 2006, the College of Saint Rose endured eight arsons in nearby public places, according to data it supplied to the federal government. (That number dropped to only one in 2007.) Aggravated assaults were also an off-campus problem. In a statement, the College of Saint Rose said, “"The inclusion of Saint Rose in this ranking is based on a series of arsons that took place in the city of Albany in 2006. The Albany Police Department made an arrest and the arsons stopped. … [This list] certainly unfairly penalizes small to midsized colleges in vibrant city environments and, curiously, does not include institutions that share the same city. The safety of our students has been and always will be a top priority for the College, and we pride ourselves in honestly and accurately reporting all of our crime statistics.”
#24, University of California - Riverside (pictured)
Student Population: 17,187
Founded in 1907 as the Citrus Experiment Station, the University of California, Riverside is a public research university that has boomed with the Southern Californian community around it. UC Riverside has 29 police officers that patrol campus around the clock. Nevertheless, there were 13 cases of arson on campus in the two years analyzed, and off campus, a large number of aggravated assaults.