SOURCE: Sam Houston State University

October 01, 2009 11:33 ET

Three Texas Universities Among "Safest" in Nation, in Study of Crime Stats of 4,000 Schools

HUNTSVILLE, TX--(Marketwire - October 1, 2009) - In the aftermath of the murder of Yale doctoral student Annie Le, more parents and prospective students are interested in the incidence of campus crimes.

The statistics are readily available on each university's web site and in aggregate from the U.S. Department of Education. A federal law, the Clery Act, requires such reporting.

In a study of 4,000 of the nation's colleges and universities crime statistics, three Texas public universities ranked in the Top 25 of "safest" campuses.

Sam Houston State University in Huntsville led the rankings, at tenth safest. Texas A&M University in College Station came in at 24th and Texas Woman's University in Denton followed at 25th. No Texas schools ranked in the bottom 25.

The study covered the most recent two years of statistics reported to the U.S. Department of Education and the FBI, analyzing more than 50 different criteria, weighting the severity of crimes and factoring the size of enrollments on a crimes-per-capita basis.

The study's report on Sam Houston State: "In Huntsville, Texas, a large town dominated by Sam Houston State University (enrollment 16,496), the living is easy.

"'The community itself is one of the most laid-back that I've ever been in,' says Director of Communications Bruce Erickson.

"There were no reported robberies, no reported rapes, and three burglaries in 2007. Erickson, who has worked at two major schools in the Los Angeles area, pointed out the different vibe in Huntsville.

"Erickson jokes that when he was in Los Angeles, 'we had a saying that every day without a shooting on campus is a good day in the PR office -- it just was not uncommon in those urban environments to have incidents especially on Friday, Saturday nights. At Sam Houston State, it's an amazingly lively campus but safe and friendly.'"

Note to Editors: For follow up, contact Bruce Erickson, director of communications, Sam Houston State University, (936) 294-1833. To see Sam Houston State's write-up, go to http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries#gallery=753;page=10;item= For background on the Clery Act, go to http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/campus.html.

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  • Sam Houston State University
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    Bruce Erickson
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