College campuses tend to be full of young liberals. After all, according to the famous quote, “If you are not a liberal at twenty, you have no heart and if you are not conservative at thirty, you have no brain.”
And campuses are getting more liberal each year, according to the Higher Education Research Institute, which has been surveying college freshmen on their world views for 50 years. Of this year’s freshmen, 71% said that “colleges should prohibit racist/sexist speech on campus,” and 43% said that colleges “have the right to ban extreme speakers from campus.” This is nearly twice as high as the percentage of students saying that in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.
In most cases, campus liberalism is associated with safe spaces, free speech, and peaceful protests. But there have certainly been some extreme examples of college liberalism gone wild. Most recently, Evergreen State College in Washington has been in the news, after a mob of students confronted evolutionary biology professor Bret Weinstein, calling for him to be fired. Weinstein, a self-proclaimed liberal, had objected to a campus “Day of Absence,” where white student were asked to leave campus to draw attention to institutional racism.
Whether you’re looking to for a school with like-minded individuals, or you’re a young republican hoping to avoid the Weinstein-treatment, The Princeton Review‘s annual list of schools with the most liberal students might be a good resource. The lists are based on surveys where students assess their personal political views, and Poets&Quants has complied the most recent ones below.
Evergreen State College didn’t make the cut this year, but it has in the past.
Ranking The ‘Most Liberal Students’ From 2017-2014
|2017 Rank & School||2017 Rank||2016 Rank||2015 Rank||2014 Rank|
|Sarah Lawrence College||1||4||1||2|
|Warren Wilson College||10||6||2||3|
|College of the Atlantic||13||10||6||8|
|Mount Holyoke College||18||NR||NR||NR|
|New College of Florida||NR||11||9||6|
|Evergreen State College||NR||17||18||17|
|Lewis & Clark College||NR||NR||19||11|
Source: The Princeton Review