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The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options

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The best safety schools and universities aren't necessarily everyone's first choice, but are great fallback options when you're applying to college. A good safety school is easier to get into than a top-tier university, and often has equally good academic programs. As college admissions are getting tougher and tougher, having a list of good safety schools that you wouldn't mind attending is always a good idea.

What are the best safety schools to apply to? Whether you are looking for good safety schools in California, New York or your home state, you should always make sure to do plenty of research before you decide where to go. This list of the best backup colleges is ranked by the wisdom of the crowd, so anyone can add their picks or vote on the universities below.

List Criteria: Any university that you can reasonably assume that you will be admitted to; schools with low to medium admissions standards

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    Land-grant university, Flagship university, Public university More
    99
  2. 2
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    Down 19
    Land-grant university, Public university More
    86
  3. 3
    Up 44
    Down 17
    Private university, Private school More
    84
  4. 4
    Up 27
    Down 19

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    University of California, Santa Cruz

    Land-grant university, Research institute, University More
    83
  5. 5
    Up 39
    Down 37

    most listed &controversial
    Boston University

    Private university, Private school More
    81
  6. 6
    Up 49
    Down 19
    Private university More
    80
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  7. 7
    Up 34
    Down 6

    ranked low on reranks
    McDaniel College

    Private university More
    76
  8. 8
    Up 21
    Down 11

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    University of Maryland, College Park

    Land-grant university, Public university More
    76
  9. 9
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    Down 17
    Public university More
    74
  10. 10
    Up 28
    Down 4
    Liberal arts college More
    72
  11. 11
    Up 39
    Down 9
    Private university, Private school More
    72
  12. 12
    Up 26
    Down 4
    Private university, Private school More
    72
  13. 13
    Up 28
    Down 5
    Private school More
    71
  14. 14
    Up 23
    Down 9
    Private school More
    71
  15. 15
    Up 22
    Down 7
    Private school, University More
    70
  16. 16
    Up 34
    Down 17

    controversial
    Fordham University

    Catholic school, Private university, Independent school More
    70
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  17. 17
    Up 21
    Down 3

    St. Edwards University

    70
  18. 18
    Up 28
    Down 6
    Private school, Liberal arts college More
    70
  19. 19
    Up 22
    Down 8
    Private school More
    69
  20. 20
    Up 22
    Down 3
    Private university, Private school More
    68
  21. 21
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    Private school More
    67
  22. 22
    Up 23
    Down 9
    Private university More
    67
  23. 23
    Up 25
    Down 9
    Private school More
    67
  24. 24
    Up 19
    Down 8
    Private university, Private school More
    67
  25. 25
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    Down 5
    Private university, Private school More
    67
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    Private university More
    65
  27. 27
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    Public school, Land-grant university, Public university More
    65
  28. 28
    Up 20
    Down 8
    65
  29. 30
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    Down 17
    Land-grant university, Public university More
    63
  30. 31
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    Land-grant university, Public university More
    63
  31. 32
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    Public university More
    62
  32. 33
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    Private university More
    62
  33. 34
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    Private school More
    62
  34. 35
    Up 17
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    often listed &controversial
    California State University, Northridge

    61
  35. 36
    Up 8
    Down 17
    60
  36. 37
    Up 23
    Down 4
    Private university, Mixed-sex education More
    60
  37. 38
    Up 19
    Down 6

    ranked low on reranks
    George Mason University

    Public university More
    59
  38. 39
    Up 17
    Down 42

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    San Diego State University

    Public school, Public university More
    58
  39. 40
    Up 15
    Down 11
    Private school, College More
    58
  40. 41
    Up 10
    Down 0
    Private school, Liberal arts college More
    56
  41. 42
    Up 15
    Down 5
    Public university More
    56
  42. 43
    Up 10
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    University of California, San Diego

    University, Public university More
    55
  43. 44
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    Down 30
    University, Public university More
    55
  44. 45
    Up 18
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    Private university More
    54
  45. 46
    Up 11
    Down 0
    Public school More
    54
  46. 47
    Up 17
    Down 6

    ranked low on reranks
    UNC/Asheville

    52
  47. 48
    Up 15
    Down 32

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Occidental College

    Private university, Private school More
    52
  48. 49
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    Private school More
    51
  49. 50
    Up 14
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    Private university, Private school More
    51
  50. 51
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    Private school More
    51
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