Oakland University was named the third-safest college campus in the United States, thanks — in part — to the Oakland University Police Department.

Oakland University was named the third-safest college campus in the United States, thanks — in part — to the Oakland University Police Department.

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Oakland University ranked third-safest college campus in U.S.

By: Mary Beth Almond | Metro | Published April 6, 2021

ROCHESTER — Oakland University ranks among the safest colleges in the nation, according to a recent study by CollegeMagazine.com.

The magazine, which is marketed to college students, recently named Oakland University as the third-safest college campus in the United States. First place in the magazine’s “Top 10 Safest Colleges and Campuses” list went to Brigham Young University, in Idaho, followed by Weber State University, in Utah.

“For several years now we’ve been named the safest university in Michigan, and this year we’re named the third safest campus in America by CollegeMagazine.com,” said Oakland University President Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz. “That’s because we just have a history and a track record of doing things really, really carefully and safely — not just during the COVID crisis, but especially this year, we’ve done a really good job and continue to do so.”

The rankings, according to the magazine, are based on a variety of factors, including reported on-campus violent crime, the availability of on-campus housing, the city’s annual violent crime rate, campus safety resources, and total disciplinary incidents.

Located in the city of Rochester, with just over 20,000 students enrolled, Oakland University had only four violent crimes reported by students and 209 total crime incidents — defined as actions that need disciplinary action taken by the school, rather than the law — in one year, according to the study. The city of Rochester had 12 violent crime incidents in the past year.

The study also highlights OU’s efforts to keep its campus community safe, thanks to the university’s Police Department and safety escorts, First Aid Support Team, courses on preventing campus violence, conflict resolution training and crisis intervention workshop, as well as its blue light security phones and surveillance cameras throughout campus.

Oakland University Police Chief Mark Gordon said the fact that Oakland has consistently been ranked as a safe campus for several years is a direct reflection of the commitment the entire OU community has toward safety on campus.

“The Police Department cannot work independently to make our campus safe,” Gordon said in a statement. “It takes relationships and partnerships with the entire community to create a safe environment. We are very fortunate that we have that type of community involvement at OU.”

For more information about OU, visit oakland.edu or call (248) 370-2100.