THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University is the safest school in the University of Louisiana System and third safest university in the state, according to BackgroundChecks.org.
The website ranked 20 Louisiana public and private colleges based on campus safety in a Sept. 26 report.
Nicholls ranked just behind Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans and LSU Shreveport.
BackgroundChecks.org ranked accredited public and private not-for-profit four-year institutions using campus crime rates per 1,000 residents, graduation rates and student retention rates from the U.S. Department of Education. They also used FBI Crime Report data, student surveys, social media analysis and its own research.
Nicholls posted a crime rate of less than 1-per-1000 and recently recorded a record-high student retention rate.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 17, 2016