Campus Crime, School by School

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Want to know exactly which crimes, and how many, are reported on the U.S. campuses where the top 50 business schools are located? Poets&Quants has compiled data from the U.S. Department of Education and 50 colleges and universities, and produced a table (below) showing reported crimes at each school for three years.

Reports of sexual offenses jumped seven-fold at Columbia University, quadrupled at UCLA, more than doubled at Stanford, MIT, Dartmouth, and Northwestern, doubled at the University of Chicago, and increased 66% at Harvard, U.S. Department of Education data show.

Reports of most other types of crime dropped at most campuses over the three-year period.

For robbery, 25 universities reported declining incidents, compared to 19 reporting increases and seven with numbers flat. Michigan State saw the most notable increase in reports of robbery, from one in 2011 to two in 2012 to 10 in 2013.

Reports for aggravated assault also dropped at 25 campuses, rose at 19, and stayed flat at one. The number tripled at Penn State, from six in 2011 to 19 in 2013, and doubled at U.C. Berkeley, from seven in 2011 to 14 in 2013.


Reported burglaries were down at 34 campuses, and up at only 14, with three campuses reporting flat numbers. Yale saw a near doubling from 28 in 2011 to 52 in 2013. Michigan State also saw a significant increase, from 77 in 2011 to 120 in 2013.

Motor vehicle theft reports rose at a majority of campuses: 26 saw increases, while 20 saw decreases, and five remained flat. Here, too, Michigan State posted dismal numbers, with reports of such thefts skyrocketing from nine in 2011 to 62 in 2013.

Statistics for crime reports cover entire campuses of universities containing the top 50 business schools, which are arranged below according to the Poets&Quants business school rankings.

Schools marked with an asterisk are under federal investigation over handling of reports of sexual violence.

The “Forcible Sexual Offenses” category includes reports of incidents from fondling to rape. Numbers in parentheses for this category represent schools’ reports of reported rape on campuses. No reported-rape statistics were available for schools which reported only forcible sexual offenses without reporting rape statistics separately.

Stanford Graduate School of Business2011201220132013 vs. 3-yr. avg.
Forcible Sexual Offenses12 (5)26 (16)25 (13)UP
Aggravated Assault2202DOWN
Motor Vehicle Theft201519UP
Harvard Business School2011201220132013 vs. 3-yr. avg.
Forcible Sexual Offenses21 (12)31 (24)35 (17)UP
Aggravated Assault721DOWN
Motor Vehicle Theft331DOWN