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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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1
264 176
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
226 146
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
196 190
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
113 50
University of Vermont is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Burlington, Vermont, United States of America

5
150 122
University of Massachusetts Am... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America

6
134 135
University of California, Sant... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

7
91 96
McDaniel College is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Westminster, Maryland, United States of America

8
82 91
Hendrix College is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Conway, Arkansas, United States of America

9
184 165
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
122 88
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
128 176
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
127 109
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
83 41
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
64 80
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
77 64
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
75 66
Goucher College is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

17
74 66
George Mason University is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Virginia, United States of America

18
55 73
Millsaps College is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America

19
94 58
Pennsylvania State University is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America

20
127 137
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
87 103
Ithaca College is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Ithaca, Greece

22
82 68
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
TylerBBoyd added Austin, Texas, United States of America

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 75
Presbyterian College is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Clinton, South Carolina, United States of America