Universities With The Most Conservative Students

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University campuses are full of young people, and young people are usually liberals. In fact, the home page of the UC Berkeley College Republicans website acknowledges this left-leaning pattern by boldly claiming “FEAR NOT. Even here, in crazy, liberal, “beserk” Berkeley, there is hope. Even here, at the heart of liberalism on Earth, we stand proud.”

Of course, there have been times when the Berkeley College Republicans stood quite alone too, like when they held a racially controversial bake sale that hundreds of their fellow students protested.

There are other schools, however, where conservatives make the majority of the student body, and each year, the Princeton Review publishes a ranking of the Top 20 Schools with the Most Conservative Students. The list is based on students’ assessment of their personal political views, collected through the survey question: “Politically, are you: left-wing, Democrat, middle, Republican, right-wing?”

In the past five years, some schools have made the list once, and never appeared again. A dozen other colleges, including not surprisingly, the United States Military Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and the United States Coast Guard Academy, are regulars. By looking at five years at once, we can spot the schools that consistently make the top of the list and watch as others climb in and out of right-wing prominence.

Here are the schools with the Most Conservative Students:

Ranking The ‘Most Conservative Students’ From 2014 to 2010

 

2014 Rank & School 2014 Rank 2013 Rank 2012 Rank 2011 Rank 2010 Rank
Auburn University 1 8 NR NR NR
Texas A&M University – College Station 2 1 3 1 1
Grove City College 3 4 4 8 3
Hillsdale College 4 2 1 7 2
College of the Ozarks 5 6 12 10 7
University of Dallas 6 5 6 NR 9
Thomas Aquinas College 7 3 2 13 16
United States Military Academy 8 12 13 16 17
Hampden-Sydney College 9 10 8 2 5
United States Naval Academy 10 9 NR 18 6
United States Coast Guard Academy 11 15 18 17 20
United States Merchant Marine Academy 12 7 7 5 10
Clemson University 13 14 NR NR 14
Wheaton College (IL) 14 13 16 9 8
Brigham Young University (UT) 15 11 9 3 4
Angelo State University 16 19 10 NR NR
Baylor University 17 16 17 NR 12
Kansas State University 18 NR NR NR NR
United States Air Force Academy 19 18 5 4 11
Catholic University of America 20 NR 19 NR NR
Southern Methodist University NR 17 14 12 NR
Ohio Northern University NR 20 NR NR NR
Samford University NR NR 11 20 13
Pepperdine University NR NR 15 11 NR
Lynchburg College NR NR 20 NR NR
University of Mississippi NR NR NR 6 18
Mercer University NR NR NR 14 NR
University of Alabama NR NR NR 15 15
University of Nebraska – Lincoln NR NR NR 19 NR
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology NR NR NR NR 19

Source: The Princeton Review