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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. 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.


The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options Schools/Colleges
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    - 67

    the people's #1
    Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    ; buy now
  2. 2
    + 58
    - 44


    Conway, Arkansas, United States of America

    ; buy now
  3. 3
    + 68
    - 36


    Claremont, California, United States of America

    ; buy now
  4. 4
    + 73
    - 74

    most listed
    Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

    ; buy now
  5. 5
    + 99
    - 78


    Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

    ; buy now
  6. 6
    + 61
    - 51


    Westminster, Maryland, United States of America

    ; buy now
  7. 7
    + 80
    - 64


    Washington, D.C., United States of America

    ; buy now
  8. 8
    + 44
    - 40


    Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America

    ; buy now
  9. 9
    + 44
    - 44


    Irving, Texas, United States of America

    ; buy now
  10. 10
    + 48
    - 47


    Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    ; buy now
  11. 11
    + 82
    - 55

    ranked low on reranks
    New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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  12. 12
    + 45
    - 43


    Clinton, South Carolina, United States of America

    ; buy now
  13. 13
    + 62
    - 87


    San Diego, California, United States of America

    ; buy now
  14. 14
    + 69
    - 32

    ranked low on reranks
    New York City, Saratoga Springs, New York

    ; buy now
  15. 15
    + 96
    - 125


    Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    ; buy now
  16. 16
    + 66
    - 75


    Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America

    ; buy now
  17. 17
    + 35
    - 21


    Irvine, California, United States of America

    ; buy now
  18. 18
    + 67
    - 79


    Ithaca, Greece

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  19. 19
    + 47
    - 14

    ranked low on reranks
    Beloit, Wisconsin, United States of America

    ; buy now
  20. 20
    + 51
    - 33


    Galesburg, Illinois, United States of America

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  21. 21
    + 50
    - 34


    Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

    ; buy now
  22. 22
    + 45
    - 13


    Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States of America

    ; buy now
  23. 23
    + 33
    - 12


    Burlington, Vermont, United States of America

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  24. 24
    + 39
    - 25


    Appleton, Grand Chute, Wisconsin

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  25. 25
    + 40
    - 37


    Virginia, United States of America

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  26. 26
    + 31
    - 17

    added by TylerBBoyd
    Austin, Texas, United States of America

    ; buy now
  27. 27
    + 31
    - 25


    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    ; buy now
  28. 28
    + 40
    - 13


    Portland, Oregon, United States of America

    ; buy now
  29. 29
    + 43
    - 18

    ranked low on reranks

    buy now
  30. 30
    + 41
    - 42


    Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

    ; buy now
  31. 31
    + 68
    - 64

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

    ; buy now
  32. 32
    + 40
    - 33


    Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  33. 33
    + 52
    - 67


    College Park, Maryland, United States of America

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  34. 34
    + 48
    - 20

    ranked low on reranks
    Richmond, Wayne Township, Indiana

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  35. 35
    + 28
    - 17


    Potsdam, New York, United States of America

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  36. 36
    + 33
    - 42


    buy now
  37. 37
    + 42
    - 40


    Rochester, New York, United States of America

    ; buy now
  38. 38
    + 53
    - 56


    Tampa, Florida, United States of America

    ; buy now
  39. 39
    + 36
    - 11

    ranked low on reranks
    Milledgeville, Georgia, United States of America

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  40. 40
    + 47
    - 49


    Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America

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  41. 41
    + 75
    - 98

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

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  42. 42
    + 40
    - 57


    Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

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  43. 43
    + 36
    - 22

    ranked low on reranks
    University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  44. 44
    + 32
    - 45


    Hollins, Virginia, United States of America

    ; buy now
  45. 45
    + 38
    - 29


    Manchester, New Hampshire, United States of America

    ; buy now
  46. 46
    + 34
    - 38


    Rolla, Missouri, United States of America

    ; buy now
  47. 47
    + 20
    - 11

    added by TylerBBoyd
    Lubbock, Texas, United States of America

    ; buy now
  48. 48
    + 39
    - 67

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Riverside, California, United States of America

    ; buy now
  49. 49
    + 32
    - 14


    Canton, New York, United States of America

    ; buy now
  50. 50
    + 30
    - 19


    Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States of America

    ; buy now
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