The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options Schools/Colleges
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The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options

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

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 is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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    Land-grant university, Flagship university, Public university More
    92
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    Land-grant university, Public university More
    81
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    University of California, Santa Cruz

    Land-grant university, Research institute, University More
    79
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    Private university, Private school More
    78
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Boston University

    Private university, Private school More
    77
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    McDaniel College

    Private university More
    69
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    Syracuse University

    Private university More
    69
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    University of Maryland, College Park

    Land-grant university, Public university More
    68
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    Private university, Private school More
    67
  10. 10
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    Liberal arts college More
    66
  11. 11
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    Public university More
    65
  12. 12
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    St. Edwards University

    63
  13. 13
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    Private school, University More
    63
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    Catholic school, Private university, Independent school More
    63
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    Private school More
    62
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    Private school More
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    Private school More
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    Private university, Private school More
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    Private school More
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    Private university, Private school More
    60
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    Private university, Private school More
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    Private school More
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    Private school, Liberal arts college More
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    Private university More
    59
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    Private university, Private school More
    58
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    Public school, Land-grant university, Public university More
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    Land-grant university, Public university More
    57
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    Private university More
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    Land-grant university, Public university More
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    Public university More
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    California State University, Northridge

    54
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    Lawrence University

    Private school More
    53
  34. 35
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    University of the Pacific

    53
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    Public university More
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    Private university More
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    Private university, Mixed-sex education More
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    Public university More
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    Private university More
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    San Diego State University

    Public school, Public university More
    49
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    Private school, College More
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    University, Public university More
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    University of California, San Diego

    University, Public university More
    48
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    Beloit College

    Private school, Liberal arts college More
    47
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    Private school More
    47
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    Public school More
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    46
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    UNC/Asheville

    45
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    Public university More
    44
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