Colleges The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options  

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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.


list ordered by

1
249 167
George Washington University is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Washington, D.C., United States of America

2
217 139
University of Colorado Boulder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

3
191 184
Occidental College is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

4
144 118
University of Massachusetts Am... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America

5
102 47
University of Vermont is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Burlington, Vermont, United States of America

6
90 94
McDaniel College is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Westminster, Maryland, United States of America

7
129 135
University of California, Sant... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

8
82 89
Hendrix College is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Conway, Arkansas, United States of America

9
176 155
Tulane University is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

10
117 84
Skidmore College is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
New York City, Saratoga Springs, New York

11
125 173
University of California, San ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
San Diego, California, United States of America

12
122 107
Fordham University is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
pfr10708 added New York City, New York, United States of America

13
80 40
James Madison University is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States of America

14
63 79
Birmingham–Southern College is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

15
73 62
George Mason University is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Virginia, United States of America

16
75 62
University of California, Irvi... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Irvine, California, United States of America

17
92 56
Pennsylvania State University is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America

18
71 65
Goucher College is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

19
82 65
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
TylerBBoyd added Austin, Texas, United States of America

20
125 137
Syracuse University is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
pfr10708 added Syracuse, New York, United States of America

21
53 73
Millsaps College is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America

22
87 103
Ithaca College is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Ithaca, Greece

23
55 79
University of Dallas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Irving, Texas, United States of America

24
63 50
Knox College, Illinois is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Galesburg, Illinois, United States of America

25
54 74
Presbyterian College is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Clinton, South Carolina, United States of America

26
172 225
Boston University is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

27
87 91
Pitzer College is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Claremont, California, United States of America

28
56 33
Beloit College is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Beloit, Wisconsin, United States of America

29
73 62
Texas Christian University is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America

30
54 31
Lewis & Clark College is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Portland, Oregon, United States of America

31
48 45
Marquette University is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

32
47 37
Lawrence University is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Appleton, Grand Chute, Wisconsin

33
52 29
UNC/Asheville is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options

34
40 35
Clarkson University is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Potsdam, New York, United States of America

35
89 104
University of Maryland, Colleg... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
College Park, Maryland, United States of America

36
49 42
Saint Anselm College is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Manchester, New Hampshire, United States of America

37
51 48
Clark University is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

38
57 56
Rochester Institute of Technol... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Rochester, New York, United States of America

39
67 72
University of Tampa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Tampa, Florida, United States of America

40
50 28
St. Lawrence University is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Canton, New York, United States of America

41
35 24
Texas Tech University is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
TylerBBoyd added Lubbock, Texas, United States of America

42
50 32
Earlham College is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Richmond, Wayne Township, Indiana

43
42 56
St. Edwards University is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options

44
40 23
Georgia College & State Univer... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Milledgeville, Georgia, United States of America

45
48 69
Guilford College is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

46
46 54
University of Tulsa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

47
38 57
Hollins University is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Hollins, Virginia, United States of America

48
49 36
Michigan State University is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

49
61 60
Pepperdine University is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
pfr10708 added Malibu, California, United States of America

50
38 34
Murray State University is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Murray, Kentucky, United States of America