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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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    University of California, Santa Cruz

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    Boston University

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    McDaniel College

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    St. Edwards University

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    California State University, Northridge

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    Lawrence University

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    University of the Pacific

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    George Mason University

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    San Diego State University

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    Beloit College

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    University of California, San Diego

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    UNC/Asheville

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