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Pitt, WVU named among safest U.S. large campuses

| Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 2:54 p.m.

They might look a little rowdy on weekend evenings in October, but the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University rank among the 100 safest large college campuses in the nation in a new study of crime on campus.

The study conducted by the National Council for Home Safety and Security is available on its Alarms,org site. Researchers examined the most recent data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting and the National Center for Education Statistics for more than 2,000 colleges with 15,000 students of more. Schools that reported no crime were not included.

The University of New Hampshire, with about 15,000 students, was ranked the safest campus in the nation, while WVU ranked 34 and Pitt came in at 99.

West Chester University, located outside Philadelphia, was the only other Pennsylvania school to make the top 100, ranking 28th.

While Pitt and WVU have virtually the same student enrollment — 28,694 and 28,774, respectively — Pitt is in the middle of a city of 306,000, while WVU takes up most of the city of Morgantown where the total population is 31,622.

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