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America’s 25 Most Crime-Rattled Colleges, From Yale to Duke (PHOTOS)

From Harvard to UPenn, The Daily Beast crunches the numbers to find the campuses most shaken by crime.

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25 Most Crime-Rattled Colleges

The suspect in the June 9 shooting at Auburn University has turned himself in, but aftershocks of the horrific crime will undoubtedly shake the campus for weeks, if not months, to come. Unfortunately, Auburn is hardly the only university in the country that has to deal with crime on campus.

To find America’s 25 Most Crime-Rattled Colleges, The Daily Beast scoured the college crime data made available through the U.S. Department of Education. Universities are required to track and submit publicly available crime statistics thanks to the Jeanne Clery Act. The data represent reported crimes, not prosecutions.

We looked at four-year nonprofit private colleges and four-year public colleges with more than 6,000 total students, taking into account the numbers for each school’s primary campus and auxiliary campuses in the same metro area as the main campus. Our final dataset included more than 500 universities. The crimes we considered were: murder, negligent murder, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, car theft, and arson. Because not all crimes are the same, we devised a subjective weighting system based on crime severity. Burglary established our low-end baseline for weighting; car theft was weighted twice as much as burglary; assault and robbery, six times as much as burglary; arson and negligent manslaughter, 10 times as much as burglary; and murder, 20 times as much as burglary.

In addition to weighting, we considered each crime against total enrollment, to come up with a per-capita ratio. Finally, each per-capita ratio was compared to the overall cohort of more than 500 schools—to take into account whether each school’s per-capita ratio for each crime was relatively high or low—to determine our final list of America’s Most Crime-Rattled Colleges.

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25. Harvard University

Cambridge, Mass.

Total Enrollment: 27,594

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 1

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 92

Aggravated Assaults: 87

Burglaries: 357

Car Thefts: 93

Arson: 0

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24. Arkansas State University

Jonesboro, Ark.

Total Enrollment: 13,415

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 1

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 6

Burglaries: 126

Car Thefts: 8

Arson: 0

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23. University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, N.D.

Total Enrollment: 14,194

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 0

Negligent Homicides: 1

Robberies: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 10

Burglaries: 51

Car Thefts: 6

Arson: 2

Binghamton University

22. SUNY Binghamton

Binghamton, N.Y.

Total Enrollment: 14,895

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 1

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 5

Burglaries: 88

Car Thefts: 1

Arson: 8

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21. Duke University

Durham, N.C.

Total Enrollment: 15,016

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 1

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 12

Aggravated Assaults: 23

Burglaries: 132

Car Thefts: 36

Arson: 5

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20. Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, Ill.

Total Enrollment: 11,746

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 1

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 10

Aggravated Assaults: 6

Burglaries: 0

Car Thefts: 14

Arson: 0

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19. University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, Calif.

Total Enrollment: 22,218

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 0

Negligent Homicides: 1

Robberies: 23

Aggravated Assaults: 119

Burglaries: 159

Car Thefts: 12

Arson: 6

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18. University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Dartmouth, Mass.

Total Enrollment: 9,432

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 0

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 5

Aggravated Assaults: 44

Burglaries: 130

Car Thefts: 9

Arson: 25

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17. University of Maine

Orono, Maine

Total Enrollment: 11,501

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 0

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 4

Aggravated Assaults: 5

Burglaries: 73

Car Thefts: 4

Arson: 46

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16. Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, Mo.

Total Enrollment: 13,820

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 1

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 37

Aggravated Assaults: 34

Burglaries: 131

Car Thefts: 104

Arson: 0

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15. Tufts University

Medford, Mass.

Total Enrollment: 10,480

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 1

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 19

Aggravated Assaults: 9

Burglaries: 137

Car Thefts: 11

Arson: 0

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14. Yale University

New Haven, Conn.

Total Enrollment: 11,701

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 1

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 38

Aggravated Assaults: 4

Burglaries: 164

Car Thefts: 37

Arson: 2

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13. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pa.

Total Enrollment: 25,007

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 2

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 106

Aggravated Assaults: 44

Burglaries: 80

Car Thefts: 25

Arson: 2

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12. Mississippi State University

Starkville, Miss.

Total Enrollment: 19,644

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 0

Negligent Homicides: 2

Robberies: 7

Aggravated Assaults: 12

Burglaries: 93

Car Thefts: 16

Arson: 1

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11. University of Wisconsin, Stout

Menomonie, Wis.

Total Enrollment: 9,339

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 0

Negligent Homicides: 1

Robberies: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 17

Burglaries: 59

Car Thefts: 5

Arson: 0

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10. California State University, Bakersfield

Bakersfield, Calif.

Total Enrollment: 7,906

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 1

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 2

Burglaries: 61

Car Thefts: 9

Arson: 0

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9. University of Louisville

Louisville, Ky.

Total Enrollment: 21,234

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 2

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 47

Aggravated Assaults: 53

Burglaries: 124

Car Thefts: 62

Arson: 6

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8. University of Connecticut

Storrs, Conn.

Total Enrollment: 25,498

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 3

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 8

Aggravated Assaults: 13

Burglaries: 91

Car Thefts: 6

Arson: 11

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7. Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tenn.

Total Enrollment: 8,930

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 1

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 17

Aggravated Assaults: 20

Burglaries: 25

Car Thefts: 15

Arson: 0

6. Morgan State University

 Baltimore, Md.

Total Enrollment: 7,805

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 1

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 39

Aggravated Assaults: 13

Burglaries: 95

Car Thefts: 15

Arson: 0

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5. University of Central Arkansas

The campus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark., the site of a fatal Sunday shooting, is shown Monday, Oct. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)Conway, Ark.

Total Enrollment: 11,444

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 2

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 6

Burglaries: 107

Car Thefts: 12

Arson: 0

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4. Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, Ill.

Total Enrollment: 23,850

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 5

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 10

Aggravated Assaults: 24

Burglaries: 68

Car Thefts: 8

Arson: 2

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3. University of San Francisco

San Francisco, Calif.

Total Enrollment: 9,557

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 2

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 13

Aggravated Assaults: 8

Burglaries: 40

Car Thefts: 17

Arson: 3

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2. Johnson & Wales University, Providence

Providence, R.I.

Total Enrollment: 10,974

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 3

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 29

Aggravated Assaults: 44

Burglaries: 15

Car Thefts: 29

Arson: 4

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1. University of Alabama, Huntsville

Huntsville, Ala.

Total Enrollment: 7,614

 

Criminal Incidents (2008-2010)

Murders: 3

Negligent Homicides: 0

Robberies: 4

Aggravated Assaults: 10

Burglaries: 80

Car Thefts: 8

Arson: 0