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University of Minnesota-Twin Cities ranks far down a list of 'safest campuses' ranked 243 college campuses, and it's not good for Minnesota.
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What's happening? has released a list ranking 243 American college campuses with more than 10,000 students based on how safe they are.

It doesn't make for good reading for students of the University of Minnesota – the Twin Cities is languishing down the list in 199th place.

It's only slightly better for the U of M's Duluth campus, which landed in 160th.

What's this based on? calculated its safety scores by analyzing personal and property crimes reported at college campuses, giving more weight to violent crimes such as rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults.

Schools were also ranked for the number of police officers employed for every 1,000 students.

It used data from the FBI's uniform crime reports and the U.S. Department of Educations campus safety security survey.

To be fair to the U of M, colleges in major cities and with high enrollment numbers tended to have worse crime scores.

With more than 50,000 students, the Twin Cities campus is one of the largest on the list.

Speaking to the Star Tribune, the U said it has been making "significant investments to enhance public safety."

Crime at the U of M

According to the FBI's uniform crime report for 2017, there was a 16 percent rise in more serious (Part 1) offenses on the Twin Cities campus compared to the year before.

Incidents of rape, robbery, burglary, aggravated assault and theft all increased.

Part 2 offenses fell by 10 percent, bringing the overall rise in total crime down to 2 percent.

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