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College Named Among Ohio's Safest Schools

Survey Utilized Data from More Than 1,400 American Colleges and Universities

August 7, 2013

Wilmington College has been rated as Ohio’s second safest four-year institution in a ranking system that examined 50 institutions based upon campus crime statistics.

StateUniversity.com utilized data from the FBI and Clery Center for Security on Campus in formulating its annual state-by-state and national rankings, which examined information from more 1,400 American colleges and universities.

In the state rankings, Wilmington College trailed only Fortis College-Cincinnati, which is not a residential institution.

The assigned ratings are based upon the criteria of: number of weapon occurrences, drugs, burglary, vehicle theft, arson, larceny, robbery, forced and non-forcible rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, and aggravated assault.

Sigrid Solomon, vice president for student affairs, said safety on campus is of paramount importance at the College.

“We are committed to working as effectively as possible in providing our students with a safe and secure environment for living and learning,” she said. “We want our students and their families to be assured that safety concerns are incorporated into all of our programming, as well as the campus infrastructure.”

Some of WC’s safety measures include: passkeys to enter residence halls, remote emergency telephones, campus escort service, well lighted parking lots and common areas, video cameras in select locations, a comprehensive emergency alert system and trained Campus Safety officers working via vehicle and foot patrols.

“Also, students realize that, from the time they first enroll, there are explicit expectations for them to behave in a civil and safe manner, and with respect toward all individuals,” she added.

News of WC’s safe environment comes on the heels of the announcement earlier this summer that Wilmington College gained a top 10 spot in a ranking of Ohio colleges and universities with regard to the greatest lifetime return on investment.

AffordableCollegesOnline.org, a resource for college affordability and financial aid information, said graduates from these schools enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders, over a 30-year span.

Wilmington College placed in the top 10 in rankings of 44 colleges and universities in Ohio.