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The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options

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List Criteria: Any university that you can reasonably assume that you will be admitted to; schools with low to medium admissions standards. Click on any school name to find the school that's right for you!

The best safety schools and universities aren't necessarily everyone's first choice, but are great fallback options when you're applying to college. What is a safety school? 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 for students to apply to? Whether you are looking for safety schools for students in California, New York, or close to 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
    Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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    Washington, D.C., United States of America

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    Conway, Arkansas, United States of America

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    Westminster, Maryland, United States of America

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    Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

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    Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

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    New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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    most listed & ranked high on reranks
    San Diego, California, United States of America

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    Claremont, California, United States of America

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    New York City, Saratoga Springs, New York

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    Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America

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    Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

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    Irving, Texas, United States of America

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    Clinton, South Carolina, United States of America

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    Irvine, California, United States of America

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    Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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    Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America

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    Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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    New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Virginia, United States of America

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    Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States of America

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ithaca, Greece

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    Beloit, Wisconsin, United States of America

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    Galesburg, Illinois, United States of America

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    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

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    Appleton, Grand Chute, Wisconsin

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    Portland, Oregon, United States of America

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    Burlington, Vermont, United States of America

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    Austin, Texas, United States of America

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    Potsdam, New York, United States of America

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    UNC/Asheville is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


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    added by pfr10708
    Syracuse, New York, United States of America

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    College Park, Maryland, United States of America

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    Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

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    University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Manchester, New Hampshire, United States of America

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    Rochester, New York, United States of America

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    Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America

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    Richmond, Wayne Township, Indiana

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    St. Edwards University is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


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    Tampa, Florida, United States of America

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    Milledgeville, Georgia, United States of America

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    Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

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    - 47


    Hollins, Virginia, United States of America

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    Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

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    added by TylerBBoyd
    Lubbock, Texas, United States of America

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    Rolla, Missouri, United States of America

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    Boone, North Carolina, United States of America

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Riverside, California, United States of America

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    Canton, New York, United States of America

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