Colleges 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.


list ordered by

1
212 140
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
191 127
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
178 163
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
82 85
McDaniel College is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Westminster, Maryland, United States of America

5
128 112
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
120 125
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
76 81
Hendrix College is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Conway, Arkansas, United States of America

8
84 36
University of Vermont is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Burlington, Vermont, United States of America

9
161 131
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
111 73
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
118 161
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
75 49
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
TylerBBoyd added Austin, Texas, United States of America

13
60 76
Birmingham–Southern College is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

14
52 66
Millsaps College is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America

15
68 58
Goucher College is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

16
72 33
James Madison University is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States of America

17
69 57
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
104 96
Fordham University is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
pfr10708 added New York City, New York, United States of America

19
53 75
University of Dallas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Irving, Texas, United States of America

20
162 201
Boston University is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

21
65 58
George Mason University is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Virginia, United States of America

22
85 100
Ithaca College is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Ithaca, Greece

23
52 71
Presbyterian College is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Clinton, South Carolina, United States of America

24
115 126
Syracuse University is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
pfr10708 added Syracuse, New York, United States of America

25
61 47
Knox College, Illinois is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Galesburg, Illinois, United States of America

26
80 47
Pennsylvania State University is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America

27
83 84
Pitzer College is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Claremont, California, United States of America

28
46 40
Marquette University is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

29
46 33
Lawrence University is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Appleton, Grand Chute, Wisconsin

30
54 30
Beloit College is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Beloit, Wisconsin, United States of America

31
39 31
Clarkson University is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Potsdam, New York, United States of America

32
51 27
Lewis & Clark College is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Portland, Oregon, United States of America

33
51 27
UNC/Asheville is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options

34
68 59
Texas Christian University is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America

35
50 45
Clark University is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

36
80 99
University of Maryland, Colleg... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
College Park, Maryland, United States of America

37
47 39
Saint Anselm College is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Manchester, New Hampshire, United States of America

38
64 67
University of Tampa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Tampa, Florida, United States of America

39
53 52
Rochester Institute of Technol... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Rochester, New York, United States of America

40
41 53
St. Edwards University is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options

41
49 30
Earlham College is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Richmond, Wayne Township, Indiana

42
47 26
St. Lawrence University is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Canton, New York, United States of America

43
31 22
Texas Tech University is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
TylerBBoyd added Lubbock, Texas, United States of America

44
39 21
Georgia College & State Univer... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Milledgeville, Georgia, United States of America

45
46 67
Guilford College is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

46
37 55
Hollins University is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Hollins, Virginia, United States of America

47
44 52
University of Tulsa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

48
32 26
Duquesne University is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

49
58 83
Appalachian State University is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Boone, North Carolina, United States of America

50
36 32
Murray State University is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Murray, Kentucky, United States of America