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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
    98
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    Land-grant university, Public university More
    86
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    Private university, Private school More
    83
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    Up 29
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    University of California, Santa Cruz

    Land-grant university, Research institute, University More
    83
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    most listed
    Boston University

    Private university, Private school More
    81
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    Private university More
    80
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    Up 39
    Down 7

    ranked low on reranks
    McDaniel College

    Private university More
    78
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    Land-grant university, Public university More
    76
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    Public university More
    74
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    Liberal arts college More
    73
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    Private university, Private school More
    73
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    Private university, Private school More
    72
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    Private school More
    71
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    Private school, University More
    71
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    Private school More
    71
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    St. Edwards University

    71
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    Catholic school, Private university, Independent school More
    71
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  18. 18
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    Private school, Liberal arts college More
    71
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    Private university, Private school More
    69
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    Private school More
    68
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    Private university, Private school More
    68
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    Private school More
    68
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    Private school More
    68
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    Private university, Private school More
    67
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    Private university More
    66
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    Private university More
    65
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    Up 21
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    65
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    Public school, Land-grant university, Public university More
    64
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    Land-grant university, Public university More
    64
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    Private school More
    62
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    Public university More
    62
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    Private university More
    61
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    Land-grant university, Public university More
    61
  34. 35
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    Private university, Mixed-sex education More
    61
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    60
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    59
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    Up 20
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    George Mason University

    Public university More
    59
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    Private school, College More
    58
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    Private school, Liberal arts college More
    57
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    San Diego State University

    Public school, Public university More
    56
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    Public university More
    55
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    University of California, San Diego

    University, Public university More
    54
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    Private university More
    54
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Arizona State University

    University, Public university More
    54
  45. 46
    Up 11
    Down 1
    Public school More
    53
  46. 47
    Up 17
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    UNC/Asheville

    52
  47. 48
    Up 15
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    Private school More
    51
  48. 49
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    Private school More
    50
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    Up 15
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Occidental College

    Private university, Private school More
    50
  50. 51
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    Private university, Private school More
    50
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