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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

2
150 102
University of Colorado Boulder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

3
143 114
George Washington University is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
George Washington University Washington, D.C., United States of America

4
73 76
McDaniel College is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
McDaniel College Westminster, Maryland, United States of America

5
107 111
University of California, Sant... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

6
70 74
Hendrix College is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Hendrix College Conway, Arkansas, United States of America

7
104 135
University of California, San ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of California, San Diego San Diego, California, United States of America

8
135 102
Tulane University is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

9
95 56
Skidmore College is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Skidmore College New York City, Saratoga Springs, New York

10
99 100
University of Massachusetts Am... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America

11
48 59
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

12
60 35
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
TylerBBoyd added University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas, United States of America

13
56 25
University of Vermont is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of Vermont Burlington, Vermont, United States of America

14
62 46
University of California, Irvi... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of California, Irvine Irvine, California, United States of America

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53 70
Birmingham–Southern College is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Birmingham–Southern College Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

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50 68
University of Dallas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of Dallas Irving, Texas, United States of America

17
136 162
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

18
48 64
Presbyterian College is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Presbyterian College Clinton, South Carolina, United States of America

19
91 82
Fordham University is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
pfr10708 added Fordham University New York City, New York, United States of America

20
79 72
Pitzer College is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Pitzer College Claremont, California, United States of America

21
101 109
Syracuse University is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
pfr10708 added Syracuse University Syracuse, New York, United States of America

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56 50
Goucher College is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Goucher College Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

23
62 27
James Madison University is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
James Madison University Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States of America

24
76 94
Ithaca College is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Ithaca College Ithaca, Greece

25
55 50
George Mason University is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
George Mason University Virginia, United States of America

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57 45
Knox College is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Knox College Galesburg, Illinois, United States of America

27
44 31
Lawrence University is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Lawrence University Appleton, Grand Chute, Wisconsin

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36 27
Clarkson University is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Clarkson University Potsdam, New York, United States of America

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52 27
Beloit College is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Beloit College Beloit, Wisconsin, United States of America

30
49 24
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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40 37
Marquette University is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

32
49 25
UNC/Asheville is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options

33
64 55
Texas Christian University is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Texas Christian University Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America

34
62 38
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

35
69 82
University of Maryland, Colleg... is listed (or ranked) 35 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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45 43
Clark University is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Clark University Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

37
51 48
Rochester Institute of Technol... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, New York, United States of America

38
43 38
Saint Anselm College is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Saint Anselm College Manchester, New Hampshire, United States of America

39
59 64
University of Tampa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of Tampa Tampa, Florida, United States of America

40
37 49
St. Edwards University is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options

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48 28
Earlham College is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Earlham College Richmond, Wayne Township, Indiana

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43 22
St. Lawrence University is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
St. Lawrence University Canton, New York, United States of America

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44 64
Guilford College is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Guilford College Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

44
38 18
Georgia College & State Univer... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, Georgia, United States of America

45
28 19
Texas Tech University is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
TylerBBoyd added Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas, United States of America

46
43 50
University of Tulsa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of Tulsa Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

47
35 53
Hollins University is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Hollins University Hollins, Virginia, United States of America

48
36 45
Missouri University of Science... is listed (or ranked) 48 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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51 48
Pepperdine University is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
pfr10708 added Pepperdine University Malibu, California, United States of America

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45 80
University of California, Rive... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University of California, Riverside Riverside, California, United States of America