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