Frostburg State University Incorrectly Named 20th Most Dangerous Campus in America

A report that listed Frostburg State University as the 20th most dangerous campus in America has been retracted after the data analysis was found to be inaccurate. After realizing the error in the data analysis, FSU was removed from the list.

Many of the schools that were originally on the list have also been removed.

The following is an editor’s note that explains the error:

Note: We identified an error in the original analysis of the data used in the Feb. 3, 2015 report on dangerous colleges in the United States, which resulted in an incorrect ranking of colleges. The following is an updated report which has corrected the previous error, clarified the criteria and methodology used, and resulted in a new ranking.

We’ve reached out to the various publications that ran stories using the original data to provide them with the updated rankings.

We sincerely apologize for any confusion and inconvenience this data issue has caused. If you have any further questions or concerns, please direct them to our director of public relations, Hillary Foss, at or 805-617-1863 published the same list and also explained the list and the error:

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article used the original rankings provided by FindTheBest, which the company subsequently updated after identifying an error in the original analysis of the data. Please note that the current version of the rankings has been changed to reflect the corrected analysis.

From sexual assault to abduction and murder, schools like Columbia, University of Virginia and Duke have made national headlines and put a spotlight on campus safety — but when the number crunchers take a closer look, it turns out none of those schools are among the most dangerous colleges in the U.S. when assessing overall crime.

Analyzing data from the Office of Postsecondary Education Campus Safety and Security, researchers at FindTheBest recently compiled a list of the top 25 most dangerous colleges, determining the four-year universities with the highest rate of alleged and criminal offenses. The crime rates included both violent and non-violent crime, as reported to both campus security authorities and local law enforcement in the 2012 to 2013 school year.


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