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Visit your top 3 choices when they are in session. Visit a dorm and off campus housing too. You might not like all the noise, chaos or drugs and want to live off campus. Did you feel safe at the dorm you visited? Ask to see the school's Sexual Misconduct policy. Will it protect you? Find a roommate.
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Unfortunately 25% of women in dorms are raped during a 4 year program. These crimes are not prosecuted or discussed in the media for fear of bad publicity. The schools will not admit it - but the counselors and healthcare professionals know.
According to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, CCCU.org, 82% of CCCU alumni say they personally benefited from their college's emphasis on personal values and ethics."
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What should I look for in a university?
What is your desired end result: a job or graduate school? If you are pre-med / pre-law, then check out the percentage of the graduates from the college who are accepted into medical / law school. Is is 40% or 90%? If 90% are accepted, then you can be sure they will do a good job of preparing you.
If you go the secular route, brace yourself for a confusing onslaught of education without a foundation of truth. Strongly anti-Christian views dominate secular campuses as they are commonly run by far left wing liberals. Sadly, a political hidden agenda dominates college course contents. A strong Christian fellowship group is a must to not be molded by their hidden political agenda. See our Ministries page to find out student ministries located on campuses which interest you.
How do I find a safe campus?
Safety on a campus is not just about COVID and personal distancing. A very sad story is reported by an article on rape by healthresearchfunding.org:
Ask the school how tough are they on date rape situations? Ask how many male students have been prosecuted in the last 4 years and how many convictions have there been? Their answer is probably none, we suspect. Date rape statistics are deliberately suppressed so as not to deter applicants or state aid. Here are the facts:
Statistics on Date Rape at College and University Campuses
1. 25% of college women report that they survived rape or an attempted rape at some point in their lifetime.
2. Every 21 hours, another woman is raped on a college campus today.
3. 75% of the women who reported a rape while on a college campus were under the age of 25. 4. It is estimated that 1 in 4 women will be the subject of at least one sexual attack over the course of their college career.
5. Only 40% of all estimated sexual attacks, whether a rape is completed or not, are ever reported to law enforcement officials.
6. Up to 90% of college campus rapes occur through date rape incidents.
7. The more intimate a college relationship happens to be, then the more likely a sexual attack is to occur.
8. Only 17% of women who feel like someone is stalking them or feel like someone is considering a sexual attack against them will make a police report.
9. Almost all of the 2,500 schools in a National Institute of Justice survey did not have any sexual assault response policies.
10. Only 4 out of 10 US colleges or universities offer any sort of sexual assault training to their staff and rarely is this training offered to the general student population.
11. Less than 40% of schools today train campus security officers on how to respond to a sexual assault even though they are often the first officers to receive a report.
12. Only 1 in 4 schools provide a residence hall with staff that have been trained in safety measures against date rape and other sexual attacks.
13. About 67% of schools and universities are out of compliance with the Clery Act, which mandates each school report sexual attacks to federal officials.
14. In US military academies, 5% of women report surviving a rape every year.
15. The percentage of men who report surviving a rape in a US military academy annually: 2.4%. 16. More than 670,000 women that are currently attending a US college or university have survived at least one sexual assault.
17. 46% of women who choose to enter the Navy are survivors of rape prior to their enrolling to serve.
18. The percentage of men who are rape perpetrators before they enter into military service: 15%.
19. Women who are multi-racial have a 1 in 3 chance of experiencing some form of rape in their lifetime.
20. The presence of a bystander during a date rape plan, no matter where the implementation of the plan happens to be, reduces the chances of a completed sexual assault by 44%.
21. Up to 80% of the date rapes that occur when men are perpetrating against women happen when the woman is intoxicated.
Do I want to be in a city or out in the country?
Is it time for a change? If you grew up in a suburb, maybe a rural location interests you. If you want to be in a city, then be prepared for higher housing costs. Think about, how safe is the area at night? Many women are raped or date-raped in college and these incidents are never reported or prosecuted.
Can I choose my roommate?
Your first year roommate will affect your college experience. A few wise colleges offer a roommate matching service for incoming freshman. Georgetown has a online service named CHARMS which gives the students the opportunity to choose their own roommate. A few others use a service called Webroomz. Ask the admissions department of your top choices for details.