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
234 157
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
208 134
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
184 176
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
135 115
University of Massachusetts Am... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America

5
125 131
University of California, Sant... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

6
91 40
University of Vermont is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Burlington, Vermont, United States of America

7
82 92
McDaniel College is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Westminster, Maryland, United States of America

8
77 88
Hendrix College is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Conway, Arkansas, United States of America

9
168 143
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
121 169
University of California, San ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
San Diego, California, United States of America

11
113 81
Skidmore College is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
New York City, Saratoga Springs, New York

12
62 79
Birmingham–Southern College is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

13
113 102
Fordham University is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
pfr10708 added New York City, New York, United States of America

14
78 38
James Madison University is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States of America

15
70 62
George Mason University is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Virginia, United States of America

16
80 61
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
TylerBBoyd added Austin, Texas, United States of America

17
71 62
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
122 133
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
52 73
Millsaps College is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America

20
54 79
University of Dallas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Irving, Texas, United States of America

21
87 52
Pennsylvania State University is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America

22
68 65
Goucher College is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

23
85 103
Ithaca College is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Ithaca, Greece

24
53 74
Presbyterian College is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Clinton, South Carolina, United States of America

25
167 215
Boston University is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

26
62 50
Knox College, Illinois is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Galesburg, Illinois, United States of America

27
85 89
Pitzer College is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Claremont, California, United States of America

28
47 44
Marquette University is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

29
55 33
Beloit College is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Beloit, Wisconsin, United States of America

30
71 62
Texas Christian University is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America

31
46 37
Lawrence University is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Appleton, Grand Chute, Wisconsin

32
52 30
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
39 34
Clarkson University is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Potsdam, New York, United States of America

34
51 29
UNC/Asheville is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options

35
85 103
University of Maryland, Colleg... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
College Park, Maryland, United States of America

36
50 47
Clark University is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

37
47 41
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
54 55
Rochester Institute of Technol... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Rochester, New York, United States of America

39
64 70
University of Tampa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Tampa, Florida, United States of America

40
49 31
Earlham College is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Richmond, Wayne Township, Indiana

41
41 55
St. Edwards University is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options

42
47 27
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 23
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
46 68
Guilford College is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

45
39 22
Georgia College & State Univer... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Milledgeville, Georgia, United States of America

46
45 53
University of Tulsa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

47
37 56
Hollins University is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Hollins, Virginia, United States of America

48
37 33
Murray State University is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Murray, Kentucky, United States of America

49
58 58
Pepperdine University is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
pfr10708 added Malibu, California, United States of America

50
58 84
Appalachian State University is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Safety Schools: College Fallback Options
Boone, North Carolina, United States of America