On-campus Sexual Assault Statistics Head to Head

In recent months, U.S. colleges have come under heavy scrutiny regarding sexual assault. University crimes in every category have decreased, but the number of reported on-campus sexual assaults across the U.S. has not followed suit and is up 50% over the course of the last decade.

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A 2014 report released by the U.S. government revealed a chilling fact:

One in five college students experiences sexual assault during their college career. Click To Tweet

In light of the increasing numbers, EDsmart staff thought it would be interesting to see the statistical differences between Princeton Reviews top-ranked schools versus their counterparts in terms of  reported sexual assaults of each. The findings were a bit alarming for some of the school types. All data for this study can be found at the bottom of this study in the “Data Sets” section. All data comes from Princeton Review and College Navigator.

Along with this study, we have included other college sexual assault stats that deal with or are related to college sexual assault.

Party Schools

0.07%

Stone-Cold-Sober Schools

0.01%

Party Schools experience 600% more on-campus sexual assaults than Stone-Cold-Sober schools

Least Religious Schools

0.35%

Most Religious Schools

0.01%

The Least Religious schools experience 3400% more on-campus sexual assaults than the Most Religious schools

Most Liberal Students

0.38%

Most Conservative Students

0.02%

The Most Liberal Student schools experience 1800% more on-campus sexual assaults than the Most Conservative Student schools

Lots of Hard Liquor

0.10%

Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch

0.03%

Lots of Hard Liquor schools experience 223.33% more on-campus sexual assaults than Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch schools

Lots of Beer

0.06%

Got Milk?

0.03%

Lots of Beer schools experience 200% more on-campus sexual assaults than Got Milk? schools

Startling Stats on College Sexual Assault

alleged forcible sex offense occurs on campus every

2.5 hours

Which amounts to

9.5 Daily

66.5 Weekly

3,469 Yearly

Factors That Increase Sexual Assaults at Colleges

Lots of Greek Life

0.15%

Women in Sororities

74%

more likely

to experience rape than other college women

Source

Fraternity men have a higher risk for committing sexual assault.

Source

ALCOHOL USE

is most commonly associated with sexual assault on campus

75% of fraternity members engage in heavy drinking

versus 49% of their non-fraternity peers

62% of sorority members engage in heavy drinking

versus 41% of other non-sorority students

Source

“Red Zone”

Rates of sexual assault reports involving freshman women are statistically higher in

October

Other High Risk Factors According to Recent Government Study

Numerous sexual partners

Women who report having more sexual partners since entering college are more likely to experience forced sexual assault.

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Freshman or sophomore status

The first two years of college are the highest risk years, and the first few months of the school year are the highest risk time of the year.

Day of the week

More than half of sexual assaults take place on weekends. More than half occur between midnight and 6 a.m.

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Off-campus parties

More than half of sexual assaults against college women take place in off-campus settings. More than half of the women who reported incapacitated sexual assault said they were at a party when the incident took place.

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Physically forced sexual assault (no drugs or alcohol involved). Women on college campuses are more likely to be victims if they:

  • Experienced physically forced sexual assault before entering college.
  • Have experienced dating violence since entering college.
  • Are Hispanic (compared to white non-Hispanics).
  • Have had more dating partners since entering college.

Incapacitated sexual assault. For the survey, the researchers used a broad definition of “incapacitated” that included being drunk, under the influence of drugs, passed out, asleep or otherwise incapacitated. Women on campuses are more likely to be victims of incapacitated sexual assault if they:

  • Experienced incapacitated sexual assault before entering college.
  • Have experienced dating violence since entering college.
  • Have ever been given a drug without their consent since entering college.
  • Got drunk more often since entering college.
  • Reported being often drunk or high during sex since entering college.
  • Often attended fraternity parties.

Data Sets

Party Schools vs Stone-Cold-Sober Schools

Party SchoolSex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013)Student PopulationStudent Forcible Sex Offenses/Student Population
Syracuse University2521,2670.12%
University of Iowa3429,7480.11%
University of California Santa Barbara4222,2250.19%
West Virginia University1629,4660.05%
University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign2744,9420.06%
Lehigh University107,0960.14%
Pennsylvania State University – Main Campus – University Park9746,6150.21%
University of Wisconson – Madison (2010-2012)N/A3,608N/A
Bucknell University303,6080.83%
University of Florida3549,8780.07%
Average  0.20%
Avg (2011-2013)  0.07%
Stone-Cold-Sober SchoolSex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013)Student PopulationStudent Forcible Sex Offenses/Student Population
Brigham Young University (UT)1931,1230.06%
Wheaton College (IL)22,9930.07%
United States Military AcademyN/A N/AN/A
Calvin College24,0340.05%
Thomas Aquinas College03660.00%
College Of The Ozarks01,5130.00%
Gordon College12,0730.05%
Grove City CollegeN/AN/A
United States Coast Guard AcademyN/AN/A
CUNY Brooklyn College117,0040.01%
Average  0.03%
Avg (2011-2013)  0.01%

Least Religious Schools vs Most Religious Schools

Least Religious Students Sex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013) Student Population Student Forcible Sex Offenses/Student Population
Vassar College472,4771.90%
Lewis & Clark College153,5210.43%
Pomona College141,6100.87%
Reed College471,4113.33%
Bard College262,3551.10%
Bennington College37380.41%
Sarah Lawrence College121,7820.67%
Skidmore College222,7020.81%
Emerson College144,5610.31%
Bard College at Simon’s Rock23500.57%
Average1.04%
Avg (2011-2013)0.35%
Most Religious StudentsSex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013)Student PopulationStudent Forcible Sex Offenses/Student Population
Brigham Young University (UT)1931,1230.06%
Thomas Aquinas College03660.00%
Wheaton College (IL)22,9930.07%
Hillsdale College0350.00%
Gordon College12,0730.05%
Grove City CollegeN/AN/A
University of Dallas22,5980.08%
College Of The Ozarks01,5130.00%
Texas A&M University–College Station1855,6970.03%
Calvin College24,0340.05%
Average  0.04%
Avg (2011-2013)  0.01%

Most Liberal Students Schools vs Most Conservative Students

Most Liberal StudentsSex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013)Student PopulationStudent Forcibile Sex Offenses/Student Population
Sarah Lawrence College121,7820.67%
Warren Wilson College158931.68%
Bennington College37380.41%
Bard College262,3551.10%
Marlboro College72602.69%
College of the Atlantic03700.00%
Beloit College111,3060.84%
Reed College471,4113.33%
New College of Florida37930.38%
Smith College103,0330.33%
Average  1.14%
Avg (2011-2013)  0.38%
Most Conservative StudentsSex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013)Student PopulationStudent Forcibile Sex Offenses/Student Population
Texas A&M University–College Station1855,6970.03%
Thomas Aquinas College03660.00%
Grove City CollegeN/AN/A
College Of The Ozarks01,5130.00%
University of Dallas22,5980.08%
United States Merchant Marine Academy09850.00%
Auburn University824,8640.03%
Hampden-Sydney College31,0700.28%
Brigham Young University (UT)1931,1230.06%
Hillsdale College0350.00%
Average  0.05%
Avg (2011-2013)  0.02%

Lots of Hard Liquor vs Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch

Lots of Hard LiquorSex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013)Student PopulationStudent Forcibile Sex Offenses/Student Population
University of Iowa3429,7480.11%
Syracuse University2521,2670.12%
Providence College74,6650.15%
Tulane University1412,9380.11%
University of Georgia2734,5360.08%
University of California Santa Barbara4222,2250.19%
Connecticut College251,9221.30%
Colgate University112,9000.38%
Wake Forest University117,6020.14%
University of Wisconsin – Madison (2010-2012)N/A3,608N/A
Average  0.29%
Avg (2011-2013)  0.10%
Scotch and Soda, Hold the ScotchSex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013)Student PopulationStudent Forcibile Sex Offenses/Student Population
Brigham Young University (UT)1931,1230.06%
College Of The Ozarks01,5130.00%
Wheaton College (IL)22,9930.07%
Grove City CollegeN/AN/A
Gordon College12,0730.05%
Cuny Brooklyn College117,0040.01%
Wesleyan College (GA)27000.29%
CUNY–Queens College418,9740.02%
CUNY–City College3626,9570.13%
Christopher Newport University105,2320.19%
Average  0.09%
Avg (2011-2013)  0.03%

Lots of Beer vs Got Milk?

Lots of BeerSex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013)Student PopulationStudent Forcibile Sex Offenses/Student Population
Pennsylvania State University – Main Campus – University Park9746,6150.21%
University of Florida3549,8780.07%
Florida State University1640,9090.04%
Syracuse University2521,2670.12%
University of Wisconsin – Madison (2010-2012)N/A3,608N/A
Ohio University–AthensN/AN/A
Lehigh University107,0960.14%
University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign2744,9420.06%
University of Iowa3429,7480.11%
Bucknell University303,6080.83%
Average  0.18%
Avg (2011-2013)  0.06%
Got Milk?Sex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013)Student PopulationStudent Forcibile Sex Offenses/Student Population
Brigham Young University (UT)1931,1230.06%
Cuny Brooklyn College117,0040.01%
College Of The Ozarks01,5130.00%
Wheaton College (IL)22,9930.07%
Gordon College12,0730.05%
Wesleyan College (GA)27000.29%
Grove City CollegeN/AN/A
Spelman College02,1290.00%
Xavier University of Louisiana33,1210.10%
City University of New York–City College3626,9570.13%
Average  0.08%
Avg (2011-2013)  0.03%

Lots of Greek Life

Lots of Greek LifeSex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013)Student PopulationStudent Forcibile Sex Offenses/Student Population
Transylvania University51,0820.46%
Gettysburg College162,5240.63%
Southern Methodist University1210,9290.11%
Depauw University252,3041.09%
Dartmouth College496,3420.77%
Miami University (OH)3917,9010.22%
Bucknell University303,6080.83%
Syracuse University2521,2670.12%
University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign2744,9420.06%
Lehigh University107,0960.14%
Average  0.44%
Avg (2011-2013)  0.15%

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