Business Insider ranks UC Berkeley third most dangerous college in America

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UC Berkeley was ranked the third most dangerous college in America, according to a Business Insider ranking released Tuesday.

Business Insider — a news website for U.S. business and entertainment  — evaluated colleges based on the FBI’s Unified Crime Report, which collects crime data for universities and colleges. The news website averaged crime data from 2008 to 2011 for schools with enrollment of over 10,000 students and ranked schools based on a combination of the violent crime and property crime numbers.

UCLA and New Mexico State University are ranked the two most dangerous schools in the country. UC Berkeley, Duke and Florida A&M University rank third, fourth, and fifth on the list, respectively.

“Although the FBI discourages rankings, we have taken care to provide a statistically valid ranking of the most dangerous schools,” Business Insider wrote.

In October, the campus released their annual crime report, which showed an increased number of sexual offenses in 2011 — mostly attributed to a former University Health Services doctor who was charged with 19 counts of sex crimes against former patients — and a significant decrease in the number of reported burglaries.

Chloe Hunt covers crime. Contact her at [email protected].