Slippery Rock ranked among the 30 safest college towns in America

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Sept. 8, 2016

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Slippery Rock Borough is ranked among the safest college towns in the United States according to Utah-based SafeWise, a safety and home security company.

Using the most recent FBI crime statistics from 2014, SafeWise calculated the total number of crimes committed in each American town with at least one academic institution of higher education. They then weighted those numbers in relation to population statistics and other important factors. Finally, SafeWise researched relevant safety, health and educational programs that help make each "Safest College Town" safer and more secure.

Slippery Rock was ranked 15th among the nation's 30 safest college towns.

The report noted, "Nestled in rolling hills, this peaceful hamlet is rich in community spirit. Local community leaders, business developers and artisans banded together to revitalize the downtown district, giving rise to a quaint town center known as the Village at Slippery Rock. This civic enthusiasm extends to public safety, throughout the town and the bustling Slippery Rock University campus. Both safety and sustainability are priorities at SRU, leading the college to be recognized as one of the Princeton Review's top Green Colleges. The University was also given the distinction of being a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education."

In addition to Slippery Rock, three towns in Pennsylvania made the list, Edinboro is ranked 17th, Clarion is ranked 20th and Millersville is ranked 22nd. Winona, Minnesota, home to Winona State University, topped the list.

A complete list of the safest college towns is available here.


MEDIA CONTACT: Robb King | 724.738.2199 | robert.king@sru.edu