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List Rules 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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Occidental College is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Occidental College Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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George Washington University is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
George Washington University Washington, D.C., United States of America

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Hendrix College is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Hendrix College Conway, Arkansas, United States of America

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University of Colorado Boulder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

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McDaniel College is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
McDaniel College Westminster, Maryland, United States of America

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Tulane University is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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University of California, Sant... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

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University of California, San ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of California, San Diego San Diego, California, United States of America

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Pitzer College is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Pitzer College Claremont, California, United States of America

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Skidmore College is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Skidmore College New York City, Saratoga Springs, New York

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Millsaps College is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Millsaps College Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America

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University of Massachusetts Am... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America

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University of Dallas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of Dallas Irving, Texas, United States of America

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Birmingham–Southern College is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Birmingham–Southern College Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

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University of California, Irvi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of California, Irvine Irvine, California, United States of America

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Presbyterian College is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Presbyterian College Clinton, South Carolina, United States of America

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Boston University is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Boston University Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Fordham University is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Fordham University New York City, New York, United States of America

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Goucher College is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Goucher College Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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

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George Mason University is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
George Mason University Virginia, United States of America

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Ithaca College is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Ithaca College Ithaca, Greece

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University of Vermont is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of Vermont Burlington, Vermont, United States of America

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Marquette University is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

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Clarkson University is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Clarkson University Potsdam, New York, United States of America

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Lawrence University is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Lawrence University Appleton, Grand Chute, Wisconsin

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Knox College is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Knox College Galesburg, Illinois, United States of America

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Syracuse University is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Syracuse University Syracuse, New York, United States of America

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James Madison University is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
James Madison University Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States of America

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Lewis & Clark College is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Lewis & Clark College Portland, Oregon, United States of America

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Beloit College is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Beloit College Beloit, Wisconsin, United States of America

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UNC/Asheville is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options

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University of Maryland, Colleg... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of Maryland, College Park College Park, Maryland, 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
Pennsylvania State University University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Saint Anselm College is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Saint Anselm College Manchester, New Hampshire, United States of America

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Rochester Institute of Technol... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, New York, United States of America

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Clark University is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Clark University Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Texas Christian University is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Texas Christian University Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America

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Earlham College is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Earlham College 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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University of Tampa is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of Tampa Tampa, Florida, United States of America

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Guilford College is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Guilford College Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

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Georgia College & State Univer... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, Georgia, United States of America

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University of Tulsa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of Tulsa Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

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Hollins University is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Hollins University Hollins, Virginia, 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
Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas, United States of America

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Missouri University of Science... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, Missouri, United States of America

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University of California, Rive... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of California, Riverside Riverside, California, United States of America

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St. Lawrence University is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
St. Lawrence University Canton, New York, United States of America

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Appalachian State University is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Appalachian State University Boone, North Carolina, United States of America