Tarleton State University earned the top spot as one of the safest college campuses in Texas by YourLocalSecurity.

The distinction comes following last year’s honor of being named one of the safest college campuses in America by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

Tarleton Police Chief Matt Welch said he is proud of the honor and gave credit to his staff and other local agencies for the distinction.

“All of the men and women that serve Tarleton PD are honored and humbled by this ranking,” Welch told the E-T. “This recognition is due to hard work from all of my staff in collaboration with our partner agencies at Stephenville PD and Erath County Sheriff’s Office.”  

YourLocalSecurity ranked Tarleton as No. 1 in the list of the safest campuses in Texas followed by West Texas A&M University, Stephen F. Austin University, Texas State, Texas A&M - Commerce, Lee College, McLennan Community College, Midland College, Eastfield College and The University of Texas at Tyler. 

The rankings were based on data from the U.S. Department of Education and the FBI. Schools that were evaluated had to have at least 5,000 students and offer two or four-year degrees.  The study analyzed data from 41 schools in Texas and considered hate crimes, violence against women, property crime and violent crime per population when determining the rankings. Tarleton started its fall semester on Monday.