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State College among the nation’s 50 safest college towns

September 7, 2018

Penn State’s Old Main dominates the center of State College. The community came in 14th on the list of the nation’s 50 safest college towns.

Seven years after the Jerry Sandusky scandal erupted at Penn State and a year and a half after Timothy Piazza died in an alcohol-fueled fraternity hazing there, State College is bouncing back.

The home of Pennsylvania’s flagship university, State College ranked 14th this year on the Safewise listing of the nation’s 50 safest college towns.

It was among only four Pennsylvania towns to make the cut this year in the rankings that relied on an analysis of property and violent crimes per 1,000 in college towns across the country.

There was no hint of those these towns fared in terms of common college town problems like underage drinking.

While none of Pitt’s campuses made the cut, Temple University did manage to sneak a branch campus onto it. Temple’s Ambler campus in leafy, suburban Delaware County ranked third on the list. The campus that serves about 3,000 students is just a short trip from Temple’s main campus in Philadelphia.

Bethlehem, PA, home to Moravian College and Lehigh University ranked 27 and Carlisle, PA, home to Dickinson College ranked 35.

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