Emory & Henry College is the safest four-year college or university in Virginia, according to an annual safety ranking released Wednesday by StateUniversity.com, an online educational ranking and research service.
Among all colleges and universities in Virginia, Emory & Henry ranked second in safety, behind Virginia Western Community College. Last year, Emory & Henry was ranked the sixth safest school in the commonwealth.
“Emory & Henry enjoys a safe campus, which is in large part the result of a campus community that deeply values citizenship, leadership and service as well as the pursuit of academic excellence,” said Pam Gourley, the E&H vice president of student affairs. “We also enjoy the benefits of a highly professional security staff as well as an award-winning student life staff that works very closely with our students.”
The Safest Schools findings are based on incidents of campus crime as reported by campus safety officials. As part of the Safest Schools ranking, StateUniversity.com analyzed crime statistics for 450 colleges and universities, and assigned a safety rating to each school.
Safety ratings are determined based on the number of occurrences of aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, theft, larceny, motor vehicle theft, forcible rape, and murder on campus. The statistics from these categories are then weighed based on the probability of each incident happening to each student.
Among other institutions to make the top 20 were Virginia Tech, which ranked second among four-year institutions and sixth overall, and the University of Virginia, which ranked eighth among four-year institutions and 12th overall.