Universities with Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians

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Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove Smoking Vegetarians aren’t as rare a species as you might think, and they appear to gather at certain universities, united by their fashion sense and fondness of the natural world.

A question to consider is: Do the Birkenstock-Wearing and Tree-Hugging types congregate to these schools intentionally, or do these schools turn their students into the Clove Smoking Vegetarians they now are? It’s no secret that a university’s culture will influence the way its students turn out, and appealing or not, this particular reputation is definitely something to be aware of if you’re considering the schools below.

The Princeton Review rankings are based on a multi-question survey concerning students’ political persuasion, use of marijuana, religion, satisfaction with the student government, and level of acceptance of the LGBT community on campus. The list indicates the top 20 schools at which students identified as very liberal, highly accepting of the LGBT community, unsatisfied with the student government, and not religious.

By looking at the past six years of rankings at once, you can see which schools are a constant presence on the list. Only 36 schools have made the list in the past six years, and of them, eight were listed every year.

Of those eight schools, five of them – Bennington College, Bard College (NY), Sarah Lawrence College, Reed College, and the New College of Florida – were also listed in each of the last six “Most Liberal Students” rankings, in an unsurprising correlation.

Here are the schools with the Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians:

The ‘Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove Smoking Vegetarians’ Rankings From 2015 to 2010

 

2015 Rank & School 2015 Rank 2014 Rank 2013 Rank 2012 Rank 2011 Rank 2010 Rank
 Skidmore College  1  5  7  12  NR  NR
 Sarah Lawrence College  2  3  4  11  7  7
 Reed College  3  4  1  7  6  5
 Bennington College  4  1  2  6  3  8
 Oberlin College  5  NR  NR  8  16  18
 Vassar College  6  6  NR  NR  17  11
 Bard College (NY)  7  2  3  9  1  1
 Pitzer College  8  8  11  17  12  12
 Guilford College  9  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR
 Lewis & Clark College  10  7  8  15  14  15
 University of Puget Sound  11  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR
 Emerson College  12  9  NR  NR  11  17
 New College of Florida  13  11  9  1  4  4
 State University of New York – Purchase College  14  12  15  NR  19  20
 Warren Wilson College  15  17  5  10  18  19
 Grinnell College  16  NR  14  16  NR  NR
 Green Mountain College  17  NR  18  18  NR  NR
 Occidental College  18  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR
 University of Vermont  19  20  NR  20  NR  NR
 Eckerd College  20  14  NR  19  NR  NR
 Beloit College  NR  10  10  4  NR  NR
 Wesleyan University (CT)  NR  13  13  NR  NR  13
 Evergreen State College  NR  15  6  13  NR  NR
 University of Toronto  NR  16  NR  NR  NR  NR
 Colorado College  NR  18  12  5  20  NR
 Macalester College  NR  19  NR  NR  15  16
 Bard College at Simon’s Rock (MA)  NR  NR  16  3  9  9
 The University of North Carolina at Asheville  NR  NR  17  NR  NR  NR
 Marlboro College  NR  NR  19  NR  10  10
 University of California – Santa Barbara  NR  NR  20  NR  NR  NR
 Eugene Lang College  NR  NR  NR  2  8  3
 University of Central Florida  NR  NR  NR  14  NR  NR
 Hampshire College  NR  NR  NR  NR  2  2
 Prescott College  NR  NR  NR  NR  5  NR
 University of California – Santa Cruz  NR  NR  NR  NR  13  14
 Clark University  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR  6

Source: The Princeton Review