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TAMIU Ranks High for Campus Safety in Niche Review Posted: 2/11/16

TAMIU Ranks High for Campus Safety in Niche Review


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     A new college campus ranking for safety has affirmed that Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) is among the safest college campuses in Texas. The 2016 Safest College Campuses ranking by Niche is based on key statistics and student reviews. TAMIU is ranked 22, the highest among Texas A&M University System campuses.  Texas A&M University, in College Station, is ranked 8.  Nationally, Utah’s Brigham Young University was ranked first.

     Study authors maintain that ranked colleges offer a safe and healthy environment with little or no campus crime, drugs, and alcohol usage. Only traditional colleges were considered and defined as accredited, non-profit post-secondary institutions primarily offering four-year degree programs, as opposed to two-year or less.

     TAMIU president Dr. Ray Keck said campus safety is imperative for TAMIU’s mission to be realized.

     “In order to accomplish our expansive mission of the mind, we must ensure that our campus is safe for all members of our campus community and guests.  Accordingly, we go to extraordinary lengths to secure our campus and our University Police maintain a 24/7 presence to make this ranking possible.   We are committed to this and appreciate the recognition accorded TAMIU by this ranking, as it attests to that commitment,” Dr. Keck said.

     Some 1,713 colleges were assessed in the ranking, which provides a comprehensive assessment of the health and safety of a college campus. This grade takes into account key factors such as campus crime rate, local crime rate, and student reviews in an attempt to measure the overall state of campus safety, authors say. Of the 1,713 assessed, only 1,261 were ranked.  Other factors considered were the freshmen retention rate and graduation rate.

     Statistics were obtained from the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Education data, from either 2013–2014 or 2014–2015, as self-reported by the colleges.

     This is the second Niche ranking for TAMIU.

      Last October, the University was named to Niche’s 2016 Best Colleges ranking, based largely on student reviews.

      TAMIU was ranked 21 in Texas, the highest among The Texas A&M University System’s regional campuses. Texas A&M University in College Station was ranked third and 40th nationally.   

       The 2016 Best Colleges ranking calculated millions of statistics and student reviews into one overall college ranking. Top-ranked colleges were elite academic institutions providing good value, attracting a diverse student body, and offering exceptional college experiences.

       Niche, initially founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students as, is one of the country’s largest content startups. It is dedicated to providing students, families, and professionals with transparent access to best-in-class content and deep insight into big life decisions.

       To review the rankings of Texas institutions, including TAMIU, go to:

       The Spring Semester 2016 at TAMIU begins Wednesday, January 20, 2016.  Online registration is underway at

        For more information on TAMIU, call the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services, email, click on or come by Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 268.

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