TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- StateUniversity.com, the leading Web site for college information, has released its 2012 rankings of the safest colleges and universities in the United States and Tallahassee Community College was rated the second-safest campus in the state of Florida.
StateUniversity.com’s report looked at all colleges and universities in the state and is based on crime reports submitted by college and university law enforcement between January 1 and December 31, 2011.
In the 2011 report, which reviewed colleges based on the 2010 calendar year, TCC was ranked fourth.
“In this day and age, there are many challenges facing college campuses across the country,” said TCC police chief David Hendry. “Being recognized as the second safest college in the state of Florida truly exemplifies the commitment to ensuring safety and security at Tallahassee Community College.”
TCC received an overall score of 96.69 (out of 100). Edison State College in Fort Myers received the number one spot with a 97.42. Locally, Florida State University was 12th (85.80), and Florida A&M University was ranked 14th (81.56).
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, and then are weighed based on the probability of each incident happening to each student since naturally larger campuses would be expected to have a higher number of total incidents. Violent crime is given more weight in the ranking system, and has a greater effect on the safety rating than non-violent crime such as theft.