What Universities Have the Highest Rates of Sexual Assaults Per Capita

As sexual assault rightly dominates the media, you might be wondering where else sexual assault and predators run rampant.

But finding these numbers is difficult because most sexual assaults aren’t reported to the university or the police. Although colleges receiving federal funding are required to keep records of all crime on campus, colleges won’t report a crime that isn’t reported to them.

But as women have started to report sexual offenses in greater numbers, there is some data on the schools with the highest rates of forcible on-campus sex offense per 1,000 students. Nick Selbe at Graphiq put together a list of the 25 colleges with the most sexual assaults per capita, and we’re sharing the top four results here.

The results may surprise you.

Dartmouth College

Dartmouth is a prestigious private school in New England; it’s closely associated with Ivy League institutions but doesn’t make the cut.

Students who attend Dartmouth typically fall into an SAT score range of 2000-2340, and the campus is competitive. Only 6,350 students attend the college in the middle of the woods in New Hampshire.

But Dartmouth reported 153 on-campus sex offenses in 2014 with a per capita of 2.3356 per 1,000 students.

Princeton University

Princeton University is an Ivy League private school in New Jersey. It reports an acceptance rate of 7.1% and is home to only 8,138 students with another 1,300 freshmen added every year.

But the number of sexual assaults? It’s high. Princeton reported 124 forcible on-campus sex results with a rate of 1.5316 per 1,000 students.

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University is a prestigious private institution located in Tennessee. It has a student body population of 12,567 and an acceptance rate of 11.7%.

How many on-campus sex offenses were reported there? The answer is 140, which means its per capita is 1.0531.

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Ramapo College is a small college in New Jersey. It’s good school – incoming freshman typically have a composite SAT range of 1485-1800 and the acceptance rate is 53.2%.

There are just over 6,000 students on campus at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Still, the campus reported 64 sex offenses last year and a per capita of 1.0085 sex offenses per 1,000 students.

The colleges filling out the top ten include:

  • University of Rochester
  • Brown University
  • Yale University
  • California State University – Monterey Bay
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Emory University

Remember, these figures only include reported data – they do not include the many sexual assaults and harassment cases that go unreported both to the school and the authorities.

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