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Check Out Shorelight’s New University Safety Index

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By Shorelight Team
Last updated on January 3, 2022

How safe are US universities? Get peace of mind – and make informed decisions – with advice from campus safety experts and data from Shorelight and U.S. News Global Education’s new University Safety Index.

A group of international students sit outside with books and tablets and study on their US university quad

Deciding where to study in the USA involves many important factors for international students and their parents to consider. In addition to tuition cost, program rankings, and job opportunities, safety on campus remains a top focus.

While news headlines and social media shares can unfairly grab attention and raise concerns, the fact is overall crime rates on US university campuses from 2001 to 2019 fell 32%, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Safety and Security Survey.

To counteract misleading headlines, U.S. News Global Education and Shorelight — two leaders in US higher education — partnered to develop the University Safety Index to demonstrate how safe US campuses are for international students.

“We want to provide a useful tool that allows students, parents, and education counselors to evaluate safety on a university campus and to provide data-driven recommendations so they can identify the safest states to study in,” says Imran Oomer, senior vice president of student acquisition at Shorelight.

“Perception of safety in the US can often be misleading, with a wide array of media — including social media — often going unchecked for inaccurate or biased information,” says Benjamin Nicholson, associate director, China region, for US News Global Education. “However, across universities, towns, and cities in the US, progressive changes centered around cultural diversity, respect, and inclusion for all are taking place and the environment for international students continues to be highly favorable and welcoming. Users of the University Safety Index will be able to accurately and objectively analyze schools and locations for various safety factors, and make informed decisions.”

Get the full story over on U.S. News Global Education