NewsMay 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Penn Ranked Most Dangerous College In America

Or so says the Elite Daily in a recent ranking that also includes Ivies Columbia and Harvard in addition to Philly neighbor Temple listed in the number two spotFortunately, we’ve recently learned that Penn is really fashionable, so at least you’ll look very chic when you’re finishing up that affidavit.

The metrics that Elite Daily used look kind of scary, that’s true– but they don’t detail what was left out or the the formula used to complete each ranking. Have these people ever even stepped foot on campus? Probably not, or they would have seen the Penn police riding these things, which always make us feel safe. And how about the fact that Rutgers- Newark is included on the list, but the Camden campus, located in one of the most notoriously crime-filled cities in the country, has been left out? Ridiculous, right?

Elite Daily, stop being so dramatic! Our campus isn’t that bad at all! We’re ranking you as the number one most worst list aggregator on the internet. How does it feel? 

7 People have left comments on this post

By what? on May 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

There is no way Penn is more dangerous than Temple, where I would never feel safe walking around campus alone at night.

By ? on May 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

how did they define the boundaries of campus for these stats?

By I Call Foul! on May 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

UPENN’s campus is one of the safest areas in this city! Every bolck on our campus has at least 1-2 officers on foot or bikes and we have an outstanding on and off campus escort service. Our crime stats are public record and they’re low! Clearly it wasn’t reviewed. What sucky journalism! I know HS students who wouldn’t be so remedial with getting the facts! Stop spreading lies about our school jerks!

By uhh on May 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I always feel safe. Besides, Penn students roam the campus until wee hours of the morning, so you never really feel threatened b/c there are streams of bookish people trudging home from Van Pelt… even if some rando criminal wondered onto campus (unlikely!), there’s heaps of witnesses and someone would def. intervene. So, seconded. This is BS.

By uhh on May 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

uh, wandered*

By Pretty Woman on May 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm


“we have an outstanding on and off campus escort service”

I think that’s where they see a spike in crime and a threat to our safety. Oh, the dangers of STDs.

By I Templed Temple on May 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

@PRETTY WOMAN oh, snap.

Temple is definitely in the middle of the hood, but we have good security and lighting, and I generally feel safe on campus…I still look over my shoulder and try to look intimidating though. There are definitely unwritten boundaries, like “Cecil B Moore is always a safer subway stop than Dauphin.” Most of the TUAlert texts I receive are violent crimes committed by and against non-Temple students on nearby streets. I’m guessing that Penn students are more likely to be targeted by violent criminals than Temple students because you tend to be wealthier and are probably more likely to let your guard down while on campus. I’ve heard a few burglary stories at Temple, but most of my first-hand violent crime/robbery stories have come from my one friend at Penn. My theory is that Temple got ranked #2 because we all assume that our campus sucks, so we’re more careful. (Also, our international campuses might be skewering the data) Don’t worry, you guys at Penn are still ahead of us in many areas including job placement and having a random gorgeous pond behind one of the science buildings.

I found this blog because I’m thinking of renting a place I found near Clark Park. How safe is the USP area compared to Templetown and Point Breeze?

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