Columbia College is the third most secure college campus in the United States, a new report has found. The college’s main campus in Columbia, Missouri, took the No. 3 spot on ASecureLife.com’s recent list of 100 most secure colleges in the country. The publication ranked campuses based on property crime rates after analyzing 10 years’ worth of crime data from hundreds of public and nonprofit colleges.
“The safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is our top priority every day, and we take that responsibility very seriously,” said Dr. Scott Dalrymple, president of Columbia College. “Our Campus Safety team does a very good job interacting with members of our campus community while applying safety strategies that support a welcoming atmosphere. This recognition is a reflection of that work.”
As part of its efforts to maintain safety, the college relocated the Hulett Family Campus Safety office to the Quad in 2016. Moving the safety office to the heart of campus gave it greater accessibility and visibility. Safety officials have also increased the number of trainings and workshops they offer students. Specifically, programs cover personal and situational awareness, preparation and fight and escape strategies.
This is not the first time the college has been lauded for its campus safety efforts. In 2016, BackgroundChecks.com recognized Columbia College as the safest campus in Missouri. That same year, the college ranked No. 5 in the country on College Choice’s Safest Large Colleges and Universities in America list. Additional information on the college’s safety efforts can be found at ccis.edu/campussafety.