I know you said US colleges, but I suggest you consider sending her to clean and safe Ottawa, Ontario. The U of O has an excellent and well-recognized criminology program, and even paying international student rates, you would likely save money compared to many US schools.
Here's the program website: http://www.socialsciences.uottawa.ca/crm/eng/index.asp
Ottawa is not that far away, either, when you want to have visits. Easy one-connection flights routed YOW
, going through YYZ
's beautiful new terminal one.
Ottawa is a safe, clean and interesting city. Students complain that it doesn't have much of a nightlife, but as a father you should like that.
Next flight.... who knows.