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UM Named Among Nation's Top 50 Safest Colleges

The Daily Beast, an online news site, has named The University of Montana the 23rd safest college in the U.S on its second annual ranking.

The website used crime data compiled by the U.S. Department of Education, the FBI and the Secret Service from the calendar years 2006-08 to compile the 50 Safest Colleges rankings. The Clery Act mandates that all schools that receive federal funding disclose crime information annually. The data reflect incidents reported to campus or local police, not convictions.

To be eligible for the Daily Beast ranking, colleges must have at least 6,000 enrolled students and provide residential facilities. A total of 458 schools across the country met this criteria and were considered for the ranking.

The statistics account for nine types of criminal incidents, which were weighted based on a subjective judgment of violence. All totals were then divided by the number of enrolled students, so that midsize and large campuses could be accurately compared.

Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisc., was ranked as the No. 1 safest college. The Daily Beast also ranked the 50 Most Dangerous Colleges. To view the complete list of rankings, visit