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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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    Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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    University of California, Sant... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options

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    Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

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    University of Colorado Boulder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


    Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

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    George Washington University is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


    Washington, D.C., United States of America

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    Hendrix College is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


    Conway, Arkansas, United States of America

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    Claremont, California, United States of America

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    Westminster, Maryland, United States of America

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    New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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    University of California, San ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


    San Diego, 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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    Boston University is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


    Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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    Irving, Texas, United States of America

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    Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

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    Clinton, South Carolina, United States of America

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    University of Massachusetts Am... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


    Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America

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    Irvine, California, United States of America

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    George Mason University is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


    Virginia, United States of America

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    Ithaca, Greece

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    University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options

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    Austin, Texas, United States of America

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    Beloit College is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


    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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    University of Vermont is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


    Burlington, Vermont, United States of America

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    Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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    Portland, Oregon, United States of America

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    James Madison University is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


    Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States of America

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    Appleton, Grand Chute, Wisconsin

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    UNC/Asheville is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


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    Fordham University is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options

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    New York City, New York, United States of America

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    University of Maryland, Colleg... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


    College Park, Maryland, United States of America

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    University of Tulsa is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


    Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

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    Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

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    Pennsylvania State University is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


    University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Rochester, New York, United States of America

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    Earlham College is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options

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    Richmond, Wayne Township, Indiana

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    Texas Christian University is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


    Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America

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    Potsdam, New York, United States of America

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    St. Edwards University is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


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

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    Syracuse, New York, United States of America

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    Milledgeville, Georgia, United States of America

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    University of Tampa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


    Tampa, Florida, United States of America

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    Guilford College is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


    Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

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    Hollins University is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


    Hollins, Virginia, United States of America

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    Manchester, New Hampshire, United States of America

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    Texas Tech University is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options

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    Lubbock, Texas, United States of America

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    Rolla, Missouri, United States of America

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    Riverside, California, United States of America

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    Appalachian State University is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options


    Boone, North Carolina, United States of America

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    Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States of America

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