Davenport University Named the Safest Campus in Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--()--Today Davenport University was named the safest campus in Michigan and among the top safest universities in the country by YourLocalSecurity.com, partner of SafeStreets – an ADT Authorized Provider.

"This recognition is a validation of our hard work to offer students a high-quality education and a safe learning environment," said Dr. Richard J. Pappas, president of Davenport University. "I'd especially like to recognize our student life and public safety teams who ensure our campus and facilities are monitored and protected at all times. They work day-in and day-out to ensure our students are comfortable and safe and are the true champions of this honor."

The study reviewed police and FBI reports of violent, property, hate crimes, and Violence Against Women Act offenses on campuses for public, private, and non-profit institutions with a minimum of 5,000 students offering two- or four-year degrees.

The results found Davenport University as the safest in Michigan.

YourLocalSecurity.com evaluated the safety of a college campus based on a combination of factors, including:

  • Violent crimes per 10,000 people
  • Property crimes per 10,000 people
  • Hate crimes per 10,000 people
  • Number of Violent Against Women Act (VAWA) offenses per 10,000 people

After analyzing those factors, YourLocalSecurity.com created each school's overall crime score.

Davenport is a private, non-profit university serving nearly 6,000 students at campuses across Michigan and online. The university offers onsite housing in a variety of options, including private dorm rooms and apartments. It also hosts 25 NCAA Division II teams, nine non-varsity sports teams and six spirit teams featuring more than 800 student-athletes.

For more information, visit yourlocalsecurity.com/blog/safest-college-campuses-2021.

About Davenport University:

Founded in 1866, Davenport is a private, non-profit university serving nearly 6,000 students at campuses across Michigan and online. With tuition among the lowest of all private universities in the state, Davenport provides high academic quality, small class sizes, conveniently located campuses, faculty with real-world experience, and more than 60 dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs addressing in-demand careers in business, health professions, and urban education. As a result, Davenport continues to be recognized as a leading university, recognized as the state's first to earn the Fidelity Financial Transformational Award from the American Council on Education and the Michigan Performance Excellence State Baldrige Award. More information is available at davenport.edu.

About YourLocalSecurity.com:

YourLocalSecurity.com, partner of SafeStreets—an ADT Authorized Provider—aims to provide the security tools and information needed to build a safer home. YourLocalSecurity.com has tracked the safest school campuses since 2016 using official data collected from the U.S. Department of Education's Campus Safety and Security and the FBI's 2019 Uniform Crime Report. Data is gathered from a span of three years rather than a year-by-year basis. Therefore, the data in this study comes from information between 2017–2019.


Amy Miller, 616.443.9800


Amy Miller, 616.443.9800