So I am having second thoughts on accepting my position at Louisiana Tech University due to the neighborhood of the area. I have been looking at moving to Ruston (where the school is located) or Monroe which is the next town over (due to partner's job needs). I am FREAKED out about the location's crime statistics from varies websites. Both Ruston and Monroe have crime rates (includes assault, burglary, rape, ect.) extremely above the national average for small and large cities alike. For example 1 in 10 is likely to have a violent or property crime committed to them. This is scary to me and my partner who is moving with me. We are coming from communities that are fairly safe and do not have as large of crime stats. Now I am rethinking my decision. I am not sure I should take my chances minding my own business while I am in school or reapply to other places this next cycle. I was rejected everywhere else I applied so getting in at LA Tech was my only choice. My GRE wasn't very good and my GPA was on the lower side too. Would waiting to reapply be better for me this time? I have since boosted my GPA and graduated with honors with my bachelor's. I would retake the GRE this fall to receive a better score. My only worry is that I would have a hard time receiving letters of rec because I am worried my previous people would refuse due to already being accepted somewhere to only turn it away. I am excited to (possibly) be moving and attending school but don't want to be raped or assaulted for going. Decisions, decisions.