2017 Safest College Campuses in California

The 2017 Safest College Campuses ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Top-ranked colleges offer a safe and healthy environment with little or no campus crime, drugs, or alcohol usage.
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    Biola University

    • La Mirada, CA
    • 2,013 reviews
    College Sophomore:Biola University is my favorite place to be, and there is no other school I would rather be at. We have professors and faculty that truly care about their students, and a great community. Biola is special because the students are so full of love, and everyone wants to make an impact for Christ with the career they are majoring in.

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    William Jessup University

    • Rocklin, CA
    • 346 reviews
    College Freshman:I love the education most of all. I love the professors here and I look forward to my classes. My biggest complaint about the school is the people. People at Jessup are very controlling and noisy. No one knows the concept of privacy. Plus, all of them have these idealistic Christian standards that most of them don't meet but they insist on shoving down your throat, and this is coming from a Christian.

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    The Master's College & Seminary

    • Santa Clarita, CA
    • 428 reviews
    College Sophomore:It's a great school, honestly. The small class sizes rock and I love that I've never had any registration or parking horror stories like my friends who go to large schools. It's definitely very Christian. It's not really the college for someone who doesn't practice strict Christian living or doesn't believe in a strict, literal interpretation of the Bible. 27 units of Bible courses are required to graduate, which is really rough if you're not interested in theology. On the plus side, because of the school's strict Christian commitment everything is done to the fullest and the faculty and staff really care about the students. Everyone at the school is serious about being good stewards in every way, so the campus looks nice and people take classes seriously. The coolest thing about this school is probably the community. The combination of the small school (900 undergrads) and the nice character of the students is great. I remember my first year I was totally tripping out at how many smiles I would get just walking to class, when I didn't even no anyone.

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    Woodbury University

    • Burbank, CA
    • 379 reviews
    College Sophomore:The fashion program is amazing. Teachers really want to help students which makes choosing a small school like Woodbury such a good idea. Only downfall of a small school is that there are less people to socialize with. A lot of drama tends to accumulate within groups of people. It's best to be close with a select amount of students.

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    Hope International University

    • Fullerton, CA
    • 238 reviews
    College Junior:Its a lot of work but that's what college is about. College is working your butt off to get far later in life. The teachers know what they are talking about and always want to help those who ask for it. I am very thankful that the teachers care so much for each and every student.

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    Saint Mary's College of California

    • Moraga, CA
    • 937 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:Small class sizes allow for more direct interaction with professors. Office hours are with professors and not TA's so there is no confusion on information or expectations in the courses.

    It can be difficult to sign up for all classes that you need for a given semester but in-person conversations with professors can often lead to understanding and assistance with entry into their classes.

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    Point Loma Nazarene University

    • San Diego, CA
    • 886 reviews
    College Sophomore:Im only in my second year at Point Loma but I have loved every second of it. The teachers are by far the most amazing professors I have ever encountered and they really know and love what they're teaching. The school is absolutely stunning and the intentional Christian community makes me love it even more. I would never choose any other school over Point Loma because it has everything that I love and wanted in a school: smaller school, ocean, and most importantly its a Christian school.

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    Pepperdine University

    • Malibu, CA
    • 1,124 reviews
    College Senior:The professors grade too harshly and don't give students enough credit for their hard work. Each professor believes his/her class is the most important one.

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    University of La Verne

    • La Verne, CA
    • 942 reviews
    College Junior:I think that my school has a great way of doing things. Although it is expensive, and I'm struggling to pay for school, I do think it is well worth it. The professors are great, the website and student resources are helpful and great, to register for class are super easy and most classes are open. I also like how you see the people in your major a lot because we are all in the same building. The CAPA program for working adults with families is great, and has really helped me out with classes because they off weekend accelerated courses. Overall the workload is very doable, especially with me having 2 jobs. I like it and I think it's the best experiences I have had so far minus the cost.

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    California Lutheran University

    • Thousand Oaks, CA
    • 998 reviews
    College Sophomore:The campus looks so nice! Almost all the professors spend extra time with you to make sure you understand what you need to so you can do great things. The courses are hard, but the professors make up for it. The class sizes are smaller, so it's easier for you to ask questions if you have any.

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    Menlo College

    • Atherton, CA
    • 217 reviews
    College Sophomore:I adore my college for various reasons, the main one being that because it is so small the teacher to student ratio gives us students more one-on-one time with professors. The facilities are all well kept by our janitors that come every morning. Our dinning hall has options for everyone, including a vegan entree at every meal time. The quality of our clubs are wonderful and you are able to form a second family within these clubs.

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    Mount Saint Mary's University (CA)

    • Los Angeles, CA
    • 969 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love MSMU! It's small and located in a beautiful neighborhood with a great view. Class size is small so professor and student one on one time is ideal. Food is also good. Although its location and size make it somewhat difficult for someone without transportation to interact with the outside world, I could not see myself attending a different school.

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    Vanguard University of Southern California

    • Costa Mesa, CA
    • 767 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love my school. It has wonderful academic courses, incredible extracurricular activites, a wonderful, safe and clean city life around it, and a great family aspect. The downsides are the lack of parking, lack of many sports programs, and the cafeteria is below par at best.

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    Fresno Pacific University

    • Fresno, CA
    • 450 reviews
    College Junior:One's experience at Fresno Pacific is often defined how it is approached. If you go in with a great attitude, you're experience will be great and vice versa. There are lots of opportunities to have a great time amidst nights of studying. be careful about who you tell your business to because it's a small campus, and more people than you'll want will get into it. Sometimes things will be frustrating, just like any other place, but it's easy to find great people to build lasting relationships with.

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    Pomona College

    • Claremont, CA
    • 341 reviews
    College Junior:Pomona College is extremely special. It's honestly the people here that make the school, but the good weather doesn't hurt. :) A large majority of the students here are open-minded, extremely intelligent, fun, laid-back, and passionate. There are tons of opportunities to get active on campus and it's really hard to be bored here. One of my favorite parts about Pomona is that there's pretty much a community for everyone here.. and if there isn't, you can start one. When I say "community" I mean the various mentor groups on campus, sports groups, music groups, art groups... and its really easy to be fluid in them, too. The food is pretty good too. And the dorms are huge. I'm going into my junior year and I have yet to have a roommate. :)

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    California Baptist University

    • Riverside, CA
    • 2,190 reviews
    College Junior:The courses I have taken thus far in my CBU career were all very interesting with great professors. Get to know your professors! Many professors make lectures fun when they make jokes or share their own experiences.

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    University of California - Merced

    • Merced, CA
    • 1,777 reviews
    College Sophomore:I believe that choosing to attend UC Merced was one of the best choices of my life. The first time I visited the school I felt welcomed and everyone was very nice. I enjoyed looking at the trees, lake, flowers, and birds surrounding the school. The school felt very peaceful, in fact it still is. During my time here, I have always felt like I am part of a small campus community that is ready to make a big difference in this world. Also the professors here are always willing to meet with students and they enjoy helping us out. All the professors I've had seem to enjoy teaching their classes. I always said I wanted to go to school where I was a student who had a name and a face and was not just a number. UC Merced gave me exactly what I wanted. It's not a big school so my professors are able to remember who I am and I really enjoy that. I am planning to graduate from UC Merced, because I know that this is my home and its where I want to grow as a person.

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    Loma Linda University

    • Loma Linda, CA
    • 378 reviews
    College Sophomore:This is a faith based school, however, they do not force their faith on nonbelievers. They are accepting of all faiths and will respect it. Their emphasis on professionalism helps to train students for their future work environments.

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    San Diego Christian College

    • El Cajon, CA
    • 278 reviews
    College Sophomore:The only thing really wrong with this school is how expensive it is. I love the community here, the professors and the extracurricular activities that are available.

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    Azusa Pacific University

    • Azusa, CA
    • 2,420 reviews
    College Senior:I would have given this school 5 stars, however I'm not very religious (it's not pushed on you though) and it's theater department needs a little more work.

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    Westmont College

    • Santa Barbara, CA
    • 448 reviews
    College Junior:I was very concerned about how I would feel in college and how people would treat me. I have been bullied my whole life because of who I am and I feared that college would be the same. Westmont blew my mind in the best way! Everyone that works there and attends are all so loving and accepting of everyone! I have made friends that I know we'll be friends far past graduation and the teachers are always there for you! I would defiantly pick Westmont again, I highly recommend to anyone looking for a Christian based private college (that accepts all denominations of Christianity as well as non-Christians) full of wonderful and loving faculty, staff and students!!!

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    California State University - Fullerton

    • Fullerton, CA
    • 4,163 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love the school I attend I only wish it wasn't such a commuter school so relations were a bit more possible. College is very different in that sense

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    Dominican University of California

    • San Rafael, CA
    • 762 reviews
    College Junior:Overall professor are extremely attentive to student needs and concerns. Most of the nursing staff have valuable nursing experience that they share with the students and are willing to help students excel in their academic career.

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    California State University - Bakersfield

    • Bakersfield, CA
    • 956 reviews
    College Sophomore:A smaller school in a small almost metropolitan town, the citizens are a little bit pushy with their conservative beliefs and it makes meeting people difficult.

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    California Institute of the Arts

    • Valencia, CA
    • 238 reviews
    College Senior:The school itself is great. I've grown and expanded my creative abilities BUT the cost of tuition is a bit ridiculous for the lack of certain classes it doesn't offer artists.

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