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Friday – Dec. 21, 2012

NKU Ranked Second Safest Public Campus in Kentucky for Second Straight Year

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – For the second straight year, Northern Kentucky University has been recognized as the second safest college campus in the commonwealth in the annual ranking of the safest colleges and universities in the United States compiled by

The rankings are based on incidents of campus crime as reported by campus safety officials. As part of the ranking, analyzed crime statistics for 450 American 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. Scores are then 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.

“The safety of our community is our top priority,” said NKU Chief of Police Jason Willis. “As we have learned, tragic incidents can happen anywhere at any time. We’re proud of our safety record, but we also understand the importance of remaining vigilant and always exploring new and innovative ways to continue to make NKU a safe place to live, work and learn.”

 NKU scored a 92.15, just behind Morehead State University.

The complete national 2012 rankings are available at The rankings are presented alongside underlying crime statistics for quick reference and comparison.

“Student safety and campus crime are sometimes overlooked during the college evaluation process,” said Dominnik Masur, founder of “We believe it is important for students to be aware of crime on campus and in the surrounding community. Lately this issue is more on people’s minds after the recent school shootings that have been widely covered by the media.”

Covering all U.S. institutions of higher learning, features the most complete collection of school statistics anywhere. The website allows prospective students to compare schools, research degree programs, and submit requests for application materials.

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