College 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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310 222
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
261 169
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
232 214
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
136 69
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
166 145
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
145 161
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
96 107
McDaniel College is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Westminster, Maryland, United States of America
8
89 100
Hendrix College is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Conway, Arkansas, United States of America
9
137 104
Skidmore College is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
New York City, Saratoga Springs, New York
10
203 191
Tulane University is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
11
141 125
Fordham University is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
pfr10708 added New York City, New York, United States of America
12
91 46
James Madison University is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States of America
13
140 201
University of California, San ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
San Diego, California, United States of America
14
113 69
Pennsylvania State University is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America
15
79 71
Goucher College is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
16
66 86
Birmingham–Southern College is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America
17
88 79
University of California, Irvi... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Irvine, California, United States of America
18
137 151
Syracuse University is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
pfr10708 added Syracuse, New York, United States of America
19
91 106
Ithaca College is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Ithaca, Greece
20
94 80
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
TylerBBoyd added Austin, Texas, United States of America
21
76 74
George Mason University is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Virginia, United States of America
22
64 52
Knox College is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Galesburg, Illinois, United States of America
23
57 81
Millsaps College is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America
24
56 83
University of Dallas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Irving, Texas, United States of America
25
52 46
Marquette University is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America