The OPE Campus Security Statistics Website is your direct link to reported criminal offenses for over 6000 colleges and universities in the United States. If you are thinking of attending college in a large urban city, a small liberal arts college, a specialized college, or a community college you can find their security statistics here.
The OPE Campus Security Statistics Website is brought to you by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education. It was authorized by Congress with the 1998 amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) to help potential college students and their parents research criminal offenses on college campuses. The Department of Education is committed to assisting schools in providing students with a safe environment in which to learn and to keep parents and students well informed about campus security.
By October 1 of each year, a school that is Title IV eligible is required to publish and distribute an annual campus security report to all current students and employees. In addition to the required annual campus security report, schools are required to provide timely warning of the occurrences of crimes that are reported to campus security authorities and local police agencies. The timely warning information is to be provided in an appropriate manner so as to prevent similar crimes from occurring and to protect the personal safety of students and employees.
The OPE Campus Security Statistics Website is also linked to the National Center for Education Statistics IPEDS COOL (College Opportunities On-Line) Website. The IPEDS COOL website is your way of researching the differences between colleges and how much it costs to attend college.
If you are not sure what colleges you want to see, the OPE Campus Security Statistics Website has the tools to help you search for a college. You can search for a college based on its location, program, size or degree offerings either alone or in combination. The more criteria you specify, the smaller the number of colleges that will fit your criteria. Once you've found some colleges of interest, you can obtain important and understandable security information on all of them.
The institutions provided data presented on this website to the Department using a Web-based data collection tool. The statistics represent alleged criminal offenses reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies. Therefore, the data collected do not necessarily reflect prosecutions or convictions for crime. Because some statistics are provided by non-police authorities, the data are not directly comparable to data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting System which only collects statistics from police authorities.
It is important for users of the data on this Web site and in the Department's report to congress to become knowledgeable about how to categorize and quantify the nature and extent of crime on college campuses in the United States. Valid comparisons are possible only with study and analysis of the conditions affecting each institution.
The Report to Congress on the Incidence of Crime on Campuses of U.S. Postsecondary Education Institutions, U.S. Department of Education, January, 2001 can be accessed from the Campus Security page of the OPE Website.