100 Colleges Where Graduates Save Lives

First responders are a different breed. They dive into flames, run toward gunfire, pull survivors from wreckage. They change calamity to calm and they do so very quickly. While only experience can prepare someone for emergency, every first responder got their formal training at a college or university that had committed some of their resources to educating the savers of lives.

Many schools have emergency response programs, but a few have really dedicated themselves to training the men and women who often prove to be the difference between life and death. The 100 colleges and universities below have more first response and emergency management programs than any others in the country.

To see how the schools on this list were chosen, please refer to our methodology page.

Rank Name Total Enrollment No. Of Programs Level City State
1 American Public University System 88,029 17 4 Year Charles Town West Virginia
2 Glendale Community College 32,962 16 2 Year Glendale Arizona
3 Madonna University 6,383 16 4 Year Livonia Michigan
4 University of New Haven 6,981 15 4 Year West Haven Connecticut
5 Eastern Kentucky University 19,299 14 4 Year Richmond Kentucky
6 Drury University 7,817 14 4 Year Springfield Missouri
7 Point Park University 4,828 14 4 Year Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
8 Mesa Community College 41,836 13 2 Year Mesa Arizona
9 Southwestern College 25,907 13 2 Year Chula Vista California
10 NorthWest Arkansas Community College 12,190 13 2 Year Bentonville Arkansas
11 Utah Valley University 40,697 11 4 Year Orem Utah
12 Macomb Community College 35,631 11 2 Year Warren Michigan
13 Saint Leo University 26,033 11 4 Year Saint Leo Florida
14 Midland College 11,695 11 4 Year Midland Texas
15 Arkansas State University-Beebe 6,973 11 2 Year Beebe Arkansas
16 Kaplan University-Davenport Campus 91,976 10 4 Year Davenport Iowa
17 Capella University 60,869 10 4 Year Minneapolis Minnesota
18 Pima Community College 56,916 10 2 Year Tucson Arizona
19 Florida State College at Jacksonville 49,670 10 4 Year Jacksonville Florida
20 Santa Rosa Junior College 36,845 10 2 Year Santa Rosa California
21 Northeastern University 36,462 10 4 Year Boston Massachusetts
22 University of Akron Main Campus 32,183 10 4 Year Akron Ohio
23 Southern Illinois University Carbondale 22,814 10 4 Year Carbondale Illinois
24 Phoenix College 21,392 10 2 Year Phoenix Arizona
25 Butte College 17,877 10 2 Year Oroville California
26 Scottsdale Community College 17,702 10 2 Year Scottsdale Arizona
27 Yavapai College 12,973 10 2 Year Prescott Arizona
28 Kansas City Kansas Community College 11,017 10 2 Year Kansas City Kansas
29 Jefferson College 8,114 10 2 Year Hillsboro Missouri
30 Ogeechee Technical College 4,468 10 2 Year Statesboro Georgia
31 Miami Dade College 99,232 9 4 Year Miami Florida
32 Central Texas College 48,781 9 2 Year Killeen Texas
33 St Petersburg College 43,534 9 4 Year Largo Florida
34 Palm Beach State College 43,530 9 4 Year Lake Worth Florida
35 Sinclair Community College 36,470 9 2 Year Dayton Ohio
36 Columbia College 30,588 9 4 Year Sonora California
37 University of Toledo 25,597 9 4 Year Toledo Ohio
38 Southwestern Illinois College 24,685 9 2 Year Belleville Illinois
39 Pikes Peak Community College 21,987 9 2 Year Colorado Springs Colorado
40 Truckee Meadows Community College 18,405 9 2 Year Reno Nevada
41 Del Mar College 17,098 9 2 Year Corpus Christi Texas
42 Paradise Valley Community College 16,046 9 2 Year Phoenix Arizona
43 Amarillo College 15,823 9 2 Year Amarillo Texas
44 Red Rocks Community College 15,229 9 2 Year Lakewood Colorado
45 Century Community and Technical College 15,219 9 2 Year White Bear Lake Minnesota
46 Lincoln Land Community College 14,666 9 2 Year Springfield Illinois
47 Georgia Northwestern Technical College 10,411 9 2 Year Rome Georgia
48 Colorado Mesa University 10,010 9 4 Year Grand Junction Colorado
49 Southern Crescent Technical College 9,892 9 2 Year Griffin Georgia
50 Hennepin Technical College 9,751 9 2 Year Brooklyn Park Minnesota
51 Alvin Community College 8,787 9 2 Year Alvin Texas
52 Schenectady County Community College 8,640 9 2 Year Schenectady New York
53 Georgia Piedmont Technical College 8,061 9 2 Year Clarkston Georgia
54 Richland Community College 7,559 9 2 Year Decatur Illinois
55 Odessa College 7,551 9 2 Year Odessa Texas
56 Lanier Technical College 6,921 9 2 Year Oakwood Georgia
57 College of the Mainland 6,235 9 2 Year Texas City Texas
58 Houston Community College 92,869 8 2 Year Houston Texas
59 Tarrant County College District 74,833 8 2 Year Fort Worth Texas
60 University of Maryland-University College 59,200 8 4 Year Adelphi Maryland
61 Oakland Community College 46,181 8 2 Year Bloomfield Hills Michigan
62 Hillsborough Community College 40,213 8 2 Year Tampa Florida
63 Palomar College 39,116 8 2 Year San Marcos California
64 San Antonio College 36,718 8 2 Year San Antonio Texas
65 Virginia Commonwealth University 36,401 8 4 Year Richmond Virginia
66 George Washington University 29,887 8 4 Year Washington District of Columbia
67 Seminole State College of Florida 26,884 8 4 Year Sanford Florida
68 Blinn College 25,552 8 2 Year Brenham Texas
69 Chattahoochee Technical College 20,402 8 2 Year Marietta Georgia
70 Guilford Technical Community College 19,442 8 2 Year Jamestown North Carolina
71 University of Massachusetts-Lowell 18,354 8 4 Year Lowell Massachusetts
72 Chandler/Gilbert Community College 17,938 8 2 Year Chandler Arizona
73 North Dakota State University-Main Campus 17,001 8 4 Year Fargo North Dakota
74 Universidad Del Este 15,864 8 4 Year Carolina Puerto Rico
75 College of Southern Idaho 13,727 8 2 Year Twin Falls Idaho
76 Barton County Community College 13,683 8 2 Year Great Bend Kansas
77 West Georgia Technical College 12,507 8 2 Year Waco Georgia
78 Wharton County Junior College 10,535 8 2 Year Wharton Texas
79 Mohave Community College 9,558 8 2 Year Kingman Arizona
80 Wiregrass Georgia Technical College 9,008 8 2 Year Valdosta Georgia
81 Western Iowa Tech Community College 8,802 8 2 Year Sioux City Iowa
82 Upper Iowa University 8,638 8 4 Year Fayette Iowa
83 Durham Technical Community College 8,625 8 2 Year Durham North Carolina
84 Northland Pioneer College 8,054 8 2 Year Holbrook Arizona
85 Tiffin University 7,815 8 4 Year Tiffin Ohio
86 Lewis University 7,740 8 4 Year Romeoville Illinois
87 Albany Technical College 7,029 8 2 Year Albany Georgia
88 Three Rivers Community College 6,832 8 2 Year Poplar Bluff Missouri
89 Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus 6,761 8 2 Year Roswell New Mexico
90 Hill College 6,371 8 2 Year Hillsboro Texas
91 Howard College 6,199 8 2 Year Big Spring Texas
92 Black River Technical College 3,750 8 2 Year Pocahontas Arkansas
93 Siena Heights University 3,207 8 4 Year Adrian Michigan
94 Southeast Arkansas College 3,101 8 2 Year Pine Bluff Arkansas
95 South Arkansas Community College 2,503 8 2 Year El Dorado Arkansas
96 Austin Community College District 77,953 7 2 Year Austin Texas
97 Broward College 60,085 7 4 Year Fort Lauderdale Florida
98 University of Florida 58,082 7 4 Year Gainesville Florida
99 College of DuPage 48,128 7 2 Year Glen Ellyn Illinois
100 City College of San Francisco 46,543 7 2 Year San Francisco California