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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.
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    the people's #1 Land-grant university, Flagship university, Public university

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    Private university, Private school

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Land-grant university, Research institute, University

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    most listed & ranked high on reranks Private university, Private school

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    added by pfr10708 Private university

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    Private university

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    Private university, Private school

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    Liberal arts college

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    Land-grant university, Public university

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    Public university

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    St. Edwards University

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    added by pfr10708 Catholic school, Private university, Independent school

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    Private school

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    Private university, Private school

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    Private school, Liberal arts college

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    Private school

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    Private university, Private school

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    often listed Public school, Land-grant university, Public university

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    Land-grant university, Public university

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Land-grant university, Public university

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    Private university, Mixed-sex education

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Public school, Public university

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    University, Public university

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks University, Public university

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    ranked low on reranks Private school, Liberal arts college

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Private university, Private school

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