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NKU Named Safest Campus in
Greater Cincinnati

June 23, 2020— Northern Kentucky University has been named the safest college campus in Greater Cincinnati, according to a new ranking by 

NKU ranked 23 on the 2020 Safest Colleges Campuses in America list., a resource dedicated to providing security tools and information, analyzed campus crime data from the FBI’s 2018 Uniform Crime Report and the U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Safety and Security to compile its list.

“Many colleges offer a less-than-impressive safety section on their websites, but Northern Kentucky University gives students a breakdown of every emergency action plan, so they’ll  know what to do in the event of a tornado, active shooter, and even a psychological crisis,“ stated the website in its review of NKU. 

When compiling the ranking, also evaluated the safety of a college campus by measuring each university’s crime per capita. 

“Incoming freshmen can feel better entering college when they know their campus has crime prevention measures and crisis management systems in place to ensure lower crime rates,” stated “Even better, the NKU has a brag-worthy violent crime rate of 0.75 per 10,000 people.”

NKU has received numerous top safety rankings, such as Kentucky’s Most Secure Campus by Secure Life, the third Safest College Campuses in America by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, and among the Safest College Towns in America by Safewise. 

“When you look at college campuses, they include large and diverse areas, so you can see why safety remains a concern.  It’s more important now than ever to keep our campus community safe,” said Chief John Gaffin, NKU University Police. “We have a lot going on to help ease concerns, from our 24-hour police escort system to campus lighting and blue lit emergency phones across.”

To learn more about the university’s latest ranking and view the complete list, visit here.


About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit