Each year the Princeton Review lists the top 20 schools with the most liberal students, and these schools switch out and trade places so dramatically that they make the conservative list seem especially steadfast and orderly.
By viewing the rankings for the past five years all at once, you’ll find that there are significantly more schools listed here than there are schools on the conservative list for the equivalent time period. This means, of course, that the schools pegged to have the most conservative student bodies are more likely to stay on that list in future years, while the most liberal school one year may not even be listed the next.
A total of 37 have been on the liberal list at least once in the past five years, and of them, 13 made it only one time. There are eight schools that made the list for each of these five years, but even those schools jump all over the ranking, like Bennington College, which leapt from 12th to 2nd place in just one year. In fact, only one school, Warren Wilson College, has regularly ranked in the top five.
The listings are based on students’ answers to the survey question: “Politically, are you: left-wing, Democrat, middle, Republican, right-wing?” The easily overturned nature of the liberal list may be explained, in part, by the fact that it is determined by a survey. That’s because the percentage of liberal students is more easily changed in a small group than a larger one, and an interesting trend that can be spotted by looking at the past five years, is the size of these liberal schools. Every year, a vast majority of them are very small.
Of the 37 schools that have been listed, 34 have undergraduate populations under 5,000. Only two of the schools, McGill University and the University of California – Santa Cruz, have student populations larger than 10,000. Nine of the listed schools actually have fewer than 1,000 undergraduates.
Here are the schools with the Most Liberal Students:
Ranking The ‘Most Liberal Students’ From 2014 to 2010
|2014 Rank & School||2014 Rank||2013 Rank||2012 Rank||2011 Rank||2010 Rank|
|Sarah Lawrence College||2||3||5||4||6|
|Warren Wilson College||3||5||2||2||1|
|New College of Florida||6||19||3||5||3|
|College of the Atlantic||8||6||NR||NR||NR|
|Lewis & Clark College||11||16||16||NR||15|
|Evergreen State College||17||8||14||NR||12|
|Eugene Lang College||NR||9||4||9||16|
|University of Puget Sound||NR||18||8||NR||NR|
|Green Mountain College||NR||NR||17||NR||NR|
|Mount Holyoke College||NR||NR||NR||15||NR|
|University of California – Santa Cruz||NR||NR||NR||17||NR|
Source: The Princeton Review
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