Where Are The Conservative College Students?

Campus conservatives: They exist. You just need to know where to look

UC-Berkeley has long been known as a hotbed of liberal politics and more recently the epicenter of the Free Speech Movement has become a theater of protest violence in the Trump era. But these days, it’s not just Berkeley anymore. Colleges everywhere are making headlines for hyper-liberal student protests.

Some might say the phenomena began with UC Berkeley in February 2017, when right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak on campus. A peaceful student protest erupted, ultimately inflicting $100,000 in damage to the campus.

And then at Middlebury College in March 2017, student protesters shut down a talk by Charles Murray, author of The Bell Curve, preventing him from speaking, and injuring the Middlebury professor who was with him.


Over and over again, this pattern has repeated itself. In April, demonstrators at Claremont McKenna College disrupted a speech by pro-police author Heather MacDonald. More recently, Bethune-Cookman University students booed, and walked out during Betsy DeVos’ commencement speech.

So where – in a sea of liberal-learning universities – are the college-aged conservatives? There probably aren’t too many at the schools mentioned above. But every year The Princeton Review compiles a list of the universities with the most conservative students, based on student surveys. Poets&Quants has compiled the most recent Princeton Review lists below.

Ranking The ‘Most Conservative Students’ From 2017-2014

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2017 Rank & School2017 Rank2016 Rank2015 Rank2014 Rank
Brigham Young University15915
Baylor University2152017
Thomas Aquinas College3127
University of Dallas4656
College of the Ozarks5845
Grove City College6233
Hillsdale College73104
Hampden-Sydney College81189
United States Naval Academy991510
United States Air Force Academy10NRNR19
United States Coast Guard Academy11NR1611
Wheaton College (IL)12NR1414
United States Military Academy137138
Texas A&M University – College Station14412
University of Louisiana at Lafayette15NRNRNR
Angelo State University16NRNRNR
Wofford College171411NR
Bryant University18NRNRNR
University of Dayton19NRNRNR
Kansas State University20NR1918
United States Merchant Marine AcademyNR10612
Auburn UniversityNR1271
Clemson UniversityNR131213
Catholic University of AmericaNR16NR20
University of Nebraska – LincolnNR17NRNR
Ohio Northern UniversityNR18NRNR
University of North DakotaNR19NRNR
University of OklahomaNR20NRNR
Gordon CollegeNRNR17NR
Angelo State UniversityNRNR1816

Source: The Princeton Review