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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.


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University of Colorado Boulder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Boulder, Colorado, United States of America
2
University of Vermont is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Burlington, Vermont, United States of America
3
George Washington University is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Washington, D.C., United States of America
4
James Madison University is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States of America
5
Occidental College is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
6
Pennsylvania State University is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America
7
Virginia Polytechnic Institute... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Abigail Hotchner added Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America
8
University of Massachusetts Am... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America
9
Lewis & Clark College is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Portland, Oregon, United States of America
10
UNC/Asheville is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
11
Marquette University is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America
12
Skidmore College is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
New York City, Saratoga Springs, New York
13
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
TylerBBoyd added Austin, Texas, United States of America
14
Tulane University is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
15
University of California, Irvi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Irvine, California, United States of America
16
Texas Tech University is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
TylerBBoyd added Lubbock, Texas, United States of America
17
University of California, Sant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Santa Cruz, California, United States of America
18
George Mason University is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Virginia, United States of America
19
Fordham University is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
pfr10708 added New York City, New York, United States of America
20
American University is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Washington, D.C., United States of America
21
Clarkson University is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Potsdam, New York, United States of America
22
Hendrix College is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Conway, Arkansas, United States of America
23
Lawrence University is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Appleton, Grand Chute, Wisconsin
24
Beloit College is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Beloit, Wisconsin, United States of America
25
Knox College is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Galesburg, Illinois, United States of America