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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 School Sex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013) Student Population Student Forcible Sex Offenses/Student Population
Syracuse University 25 21,267 0.12%
University of Iowa 34 29,748 0.11%
University of California Santa Barbara 42 22,225 0.19%
West Virginia University 16 29,466 0.05%
University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign 27 44,942 0.06%
Lehigh University 10 7,096 0.14%
Pennsylvania State University – Main Campus – University Park 97 46,615 0.21%
University of Wisconson – Madison (2010-2012) N/A 3,608 N/A
Bucknell University 30 3,608 0.83%
University of Florida 35 49,878 0.07%
Average     0.20%
Avg (2011-2013)     0.07%
Stone-Cold-Sober School Sex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013) Student Population Student Forcible Sex Offenses/Student Population
Brigham Young University (UT) 19 31,123 0.06%
Wheaton College (IL) 2 2,993 0.07%
United States Military Academy N/A  N/A N/A
Calvin College 2 4,034 0.05%
Thomas Aquinas College 0 366 0.00%
College Of The Ozarks 0 1,513 0.00%
Gordon College 1 2,073 0.05%
Grove City College N/A N/A
United States Coast Guard Academy N/A N/A
CUNY Brooklyn College 1 17,004 0.01%
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 College 47 2,477 1.90%
Lewis & Clark College 15 3,521 0.43%
Pomona College 14 1,610 0.87%
Reed College 47 1,411 3.33%
Bard College 26 2,355 1.10%
Bennington College 3 738 0.41%
Sarah Lawrence College 12 1,782 0.67%
Skidmore College 22 2,702 0.81%
Emerson College 14 4,561 0.31%
Bard College at Simon’s Rock 2 350 0.57%
Average 1.04%
Avg (2011-2013) 0.35%
Most Religious Students Sex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013) Student Population Student Forcible Sex Offenses/Student Population
Brigham Young University (UT) 19 31,123 0.06%
Thomas Aquinas College 0 366 0.00%
Wheaton College (IL) 2 2,993 0.07%
Hillsdale College 0 35 0.00%
Gordon College 1 2,073 0.05%
Grove City College N/A N/A
University of Dallas 2 2,598 0.08%
College Of The Ozarks 0 1,513 0.00%
Texas A&M University–College Station 18 55,697 0.03%
Calvin College 2 4,034 0.05%
Average     0.04%
Avg (2011-2013)     0.01%

Most Liberal Students Schools vs Most Conservative Students

Most Liberal Students Sex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013) Student Population Student Forcibile Sex Offenses/Student Population
Sarah Lawrence College 12 1,782 0.67%
Warren Wilson College 15 893 1.68%
Bennington College 3 738 0.41%
Bard College 26 2,355 1.10%
Marlboro College 7 260 2.69%
College of the Atlantic 0 370 0.00%
Beloit College 11 1,306 0.84%
Reed College 47 1,411 3.33%
New College of Florida 3 793 0.38%
Smith College 10 3,033 0.33%
Average     1.14%
Avg (2011-2013)     0.38%
Most Conservative Students Sex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013) Student Population Student Forcibile Sex Offenses/Student Population
Texas A&M University–College Station 18 55,697 0.03%
Thomas Aquinas College 0 366 0.00%
Grove City College N/A N/A
College Of The Ozarks 0 1,513 0.00%
University of Dallas 2 2,598 0.08%
United States Merchant Marine Academy 0 985 0.00%
Auburn University 8 24,864 0.03%
Hampden-Sydney College 3 1,070 0.28%
Brigham Young University (UT) 19 31,123 0.06%
Hillsdale College 0 35 0.00%
Average     0.05%
Avg (2011-2013)     0.02%

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

Lots of Hard Liquor Sex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013) Student Population Student Forcibile Sex Offenses/Student Population
University of Iowa 34 29,748 0.11%
Syracuse University 25 21,267 0.12%
Providence College 7 4,665 0.15%
Tulane University 14 12,938 0.11%
University of Georgia 27 34,536 0.08%
University of California Santa Barbara 42 22,225 0.19%
Connecticut College 25 1,922 1.30%
Colgate University 11 2,900 0.38%
Wake Forest University 11 7,602 0.14%
University of Wisconsin – Madison (2010-2012) N/A 3,608 N/A
Average     0.29%
Avg (2011-2013)     0.10%
Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch Sex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013) Student Population Student Forcibile Sex Offenses/Student Population
Brigham Young University (UT) 19 31,123 0.06%
College Of The Ozarks 0 1,513 0.00%
Wheaton College (IL) 2 2,993 0.07%
Grove City College N/A N/A
Gordon College 1 2,073 0.05%
Cuny Brooklyn College 1 17,004 0.01%
Wesleyan College (GA) 2 700 0.29%
CUNY–Queens College 4 18,974 0.02%
CUNY–City College 36 26,957 0.13%
Christopher Newport University 10 5,232 0.19%
Average     0.09%
Avg (2011-2013)     0.03%

Lots of Beer vs Got Milk?

Lots of Beer Sex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013) Student Population Student Forcibile Sex Offenses/Student Population
Pennsylvania State University – Main Campus – University Park 97 46,615 0.21%
University of Florida 35 49,878 0.07%
Florida State University 16 40,909 0.04%
Syracuse University 25 21,267 0.12%
University of Wisconsin – Madison (2010-2012) N/A 3,608 N/A
Ohio University–Athens N/A N/A
Lehigh University 10 7,096 0.14%
University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign 27 44,942 0.06%
University of Iowa 34 29,748 0.11%
Bucknell University 30 3,608 0.83%
Average     0.18%
Avg (2011-2013)     0.06%
Got Milk? Sex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013) Student Population Student Forcibile Sex Offenses/Student Population
Brigham Young University (UT) 19 31,123 0.06%
Cuny Brooklyn College 1 17,004 0.01%
College Of The Ozarks 0 1,513 0.00%
Wheaton College (IL) 2 2,993 0.07%
Gordon College 1 2,073 0.05%
Wesleyan College (GA) 2 700 0.29%
Grove City College N/A N/A
Spelman College 0 2,129 0.00%
Xavier University of Louisiana 3 3,121 0.10%
City University of New York–City College 36 26,957 0.13%
Average     0.08%
Avg (2011-2013)     0.03%

Lots of Greek Life

Lots of Greek Life Sex offenses – Forcible Incidents (2011-2013) Student Population Student Forcibile Sex Offenses/Student Population
Transylvania University 5 1,082 0.46%
Gettysburg College 16 2,524 0.63%
Southern Methodist University 12 10,929 0.11%
Depauw University 25 2,304 1.09%
Dartmouth College 49 6,342 0.77%
Miami University (OH) 39 17,901 0.22%
Bucknell University 30 3,608 0.83%
Syracuse University 25 21,267 0.12%
University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign 27 44,942 0.06%
Lehigh University 10 7,096 0.14%
Average     0.44%
Avg (2011-2013)     0.15%
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