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TU named one of the safest large universities in America

Towson University has been named one of the safest large universities in America by College Choice. The publication included TU in its first annual ranking of the 50 safest large colleges and universities in America.

The ranking highlights the Towson University Police Department’s accreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and their efforts to collaborate with campus committees, administrators and emergency preparedness officials to create a safe learning environment. They also note TU’s low crime rates.

“We are only as safe as we are responsible,” said TU Police Chief Bernie Gerst. “I commend our students, faculty and staff for taking an active role in crime prevention by walking in groups and in well-lit areas, keeping doors and cars locked, and utilizing campus safety programs like SafeRide, personal property engraving and personal defense courses. These efforts, combined with the work of our dedicated police officers and Office of Public Safety employees, help to keep our campus safe.”

Colleges and Universities were chosen for the ranking based on the crime rates of the campus, crime rates of the nearby area, and general safety, which includes anti-discrimination, women’s safety and fire safety. TU ranks 23rd and is the only USM institution included on the list. Johns Hopkins University is also featured.


TU was also recently named one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible campuses.

Written by Pamela Gorsuch

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