Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  You can bet they won’t put this in the brochures for prospective students.

Washington University is included on a list of “America’s 25 Most Crime-Rattled Colleges” — coming in at #16.

The report on “The Daily Beast” website cites 131 burglaries, 34 aggravated assaults, 37 robberies, and even a murder on the sprawling Wash. U. campus between 2008 and 2010.

A disclaimer on “The Daily Beast” says the study took into account four-year public and private non-profit colleges with enrollment above 6,000 students, weighing all crimes on a “subjective system based on crime severity”.

A statement from Washington University officials reads in part “we believe the analysis and methodology used by the site are flawed and are not a credible analysis of crime patterns”.

They go on to say that even the website itself pointed out potential weaknesses in its own ranking system upon releasing their first list of the most dangerous campuses in 2009.

Wash. U. officials also clarified that the one murder cited in the “Daily Beast” study happened in 2008 and was the result of a domestic dispute that occurred in a hospital adjacent to, but not on, one of their campuses.

They conclude that “The Daily Beast” ranking of Washington University as the 16th most dangerous college in America is “misleading”.

The University of Alabama-Huntsville ranks #1 on this year’s list from “The Daily Beast”.


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