The University of Montana sent out a press release yesterday boasting it's "No.1 in Montana for campus safety in a recently released ranking of the safest colleges and universities in the U.S. by StateUniversity.com." That's true, but a little short of the full story.
The rating scale accounts for severity of a crime as well as frequency of crime, and includes categories like aggravated assault, rape, murder and vehicle theft. UM was done in by the "larceny-theft" category, which showed 9.92 incidents per 1,000 students. For comparison, Mississippi State University at No. 278 had 9.95 per 1,000 students, and Texas A&M at No. 290 had 10.92.
Arkansas State University Beebe topped the list with a perfect 100 safety rating. UC-San Diego came in at No. 450 with a rating of 81.39.