Northeastern students walk through the University commons.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Northeastern Illinois University was named the state’s safest university in a new report by YourLocalSecurity, the security analysis division of ADT Security Services.

Using data and statistics from the FBI and U.S. Department of Education, YourLocalSecurity isolated the safest college campus in each state, based on low crime rates and programs designed to provide on-campus protection.

The “Safest College Campus By State” report reads: “Come to Northeastern for the low cost, Chicago location, and first-class programs. Northeastern Illinois University is the Midwest’s most ethnically diverse university. Its students also graduate with the least amount of debt in the region. Once you arrive, feel safe throughout your degree with N-Safe, NEIU’s rapid emergency notification system, and its thorough safety guides for everyone from cyclists to web users.”

The rankings placed crimes reported by universities into three main categories: violent crime, property crime and violence against women. Each crime was weighted by severity to give a total crime score, which was then divided by the school’s enrollment to produce a per-capita score.

Northeastern’s University Police Department employs more than 20 sworn officers and operates 24 hours a day. It is one of only three college or university police departments to be accredited by the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.

“Personal safety is a major concern for many prospective students when considering where to attend college,” said Greg Jensen, Safety Director for YourLocalSecurity. “That’s why we wanted to provide the first comprehensive list ranking colleges by state, and not just on a national level.”

Regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest, Northeastern’s Main Campus is located on 67 acres in an attractive residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago. The University offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree, certificate, licensure, and endorsement programs.