Which institutions have the highest number of reported campus crimes?

Crimes reported in 2022 represent the highest jump since universities began compiling statistics on it due to the Clergy Act of 1990. 

With the pandemic all but ending in 2022 and in-person events back in full swing, colleges, universities, faculty, students and nearly everyone had the opportunity to rejoice. However, crime began percolating back up the surface at an astonishingly similar rate, beating pre-pandemic levels, USA Today reports.

Over 38,000 criminal offenses, including homicides, sexual assault, robbery, burglary, auto theft, arson and aggravated assault, were reported in 2022, representing an 8% uptick in 2019. It represents the highest jump in reported campus crimes since universities began compiling statistics on it due to the Clergy Act of 1990.

Sexual offenses, a combination of rape and fondling, have the highest representation on this list. It made up more than a third of the 38,059 campus crimes committed.

The university with the highest number of criminal offenses in 2022 was the University of California – Berkeley, with 719. The most typical crime committed was motor vehicle theft, which made up over half (53%). Aggravated assault and burglary made up the second and third most commonly committed criminal offenses, respectively.

University Business accessed USA’s Campus Crime Tool to discern which universities were the biggest hotspots for criminal offenses. The tool provides institutions with a red designation if they had 145 or more campus crimes reported in 2022. Twenty-seven institutions from 16 states are featured.

California had seven universities on this list, the most of any state. Following that is Arizona with three and Ohio, Michigan and Texas with two. Eleven other states had one university feature on this list.

Stanford, Harvard, and Grand Canyon University (Ariz.) are the only three universities that are not public institutions featured here.

USA Today collected the data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education.

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  1. University of California – Berkeley: 719
  2. University of Southern California: 516
  3. Grand Canyon University: 422
  4. University of California-San Diego: 416
  5. Arizona State University Campus Immersions: 358
  6. University of California – Davis: 346
  7. University of Washington – Seattle Campus: 340
  8. The Ohio State University: 334
  9. University of California – Los Angeles: 294
  10. University of New Mexico – Main Campus: 293
  11. Stanford University: 257
  12. University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus: 215
  13. University of Virginia: 206
  14. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities: 201
  15. Texas A&M University – College Station: 190
  16. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor: 185
  17. University of Florida: 183
  18. University of Cincinnati: 182
  19. University of Arizona: 177
  20. University of California – Riverside: 175
  21. Harvard University: 172
  22. Michigan State University: 161
  23. University of Wisconsin – Madison: 153
  24. University of Utah: 147
  25. Indiana University – Bloomington: 147
  26. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: 147
  27. Texas State University: 145
Alcino Donadel
Alcino Donadel
Alcino Donadel is a UB staff writer and first-generation journalism graduate from the University of Florida. His beats have ranged from Gainesville's city development, music scene and regional little league sports divisions. He has triple citizenship from the U.S., Ecuador and Brazil.

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