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UMC Earns Ranking Among the Safest College Campuses in the U.S.

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Thursday, January 29, 2015

The U of M Crookston recently earned acknowledgment and accolades regarding safety, affordability, and quality from a number of organizations.

USA TODAY College has listed the U of M Crookston at number five among the ten "safest college campuses in the U.S." The ranking, which is from College Factual, an online college comparison resource, considers crime reports on-campus, in the surrounding town or city, as well as in the surrounding region and utilizes data from the Office of Postsecondary Education and the FBI. View the rankings at 

The Crookston campus also earned a spot among the top ten of the "50 Most Affordable Public Schools for Out-of-State Students" by, a web resource intended to provide prospective college students with the accurate and relevant information on making higher education more cost-effective. On the list, UMC ranked #8. The organization factored average tuition and institutional financial aid rates into the rankings. The complete listing and methodology are available at

The U of M Crookston's online bachelor's degree in communication has been ranked at number one among the "Top Online Communications Degrees for 2015" by Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online).  AC Online is an online resource that examines cost and quality of online degree programs across the nation. The organization collects and analyzes data from government sources and hundreds of colleges and universities to identify top online degree programs in various major fields. Among the scoring metrics used were tuition rates, student-faculty ratio, graduation rates, and financial aid, among others. The full list is available online at


Another of the U of M Crookston's online programs, its degree in accounting, has been ranked among the 50 best online bachelor's program in accounting and has received the 2014-15 "Students Before Profits Award" from Nonprofit Colleges Online. According to the organization, the award "was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line." Programs were ranked according to their affordability and were selected from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities with objectively lower than average tuition costs. UMC's online accounting degree came in at #27 out of 50 ranked colleges and universities. The full list is available online at

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