The National Council for Home Safety and Security, a trade association of home security professionals that advocates for safe communities and home safety, ranks NJIT among the Top 100 Safest College Campuses in America. The university joins five other Garden State institutions of higher education in receiving this honor.
To determine the rankings, the council used the most recent data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and the U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Safety Security Survey. Each school’s score was calculated by analyzing university-reported crimes, including robbery, rape, assault, burglary, arson and motor vehicle theft, as well as the violent and property crime rates for the city in which the school is located. Another factor was the number of law enforcement officers (per 1,000 students) employed by the university.
Only accredited universities with enrollment exceeding 10,000 students and extensive reported crime data were considered.
This ranking follows NJIT’s recognition for safety this past fall by Safe Campus, a national organization dedicated to improving the safety of U.S. colleges and universities. There, NJIT ranked No. 15 out of 4,706 eligible schools for the many initiatives employed by its Department of Public Safety, including proactive positioning of officers, regular security assessments of campus and community buildings, the adoption of both body-worn cameras and a certified 9-1-1 public safety system, and crime-trend analysis.
“Our department continues to work diligently to ensure that our campus and surrounding community are provided with the safest learning, working and social environment possible,” said Joseph Marswillo, NJIT police chief. “Being recognized among so many outstanding institutions is an honor that all of our officers are proud to be part of. I am truly privileged to lead such a dedicated group of officers.”