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 & School 2017 Rank 2016 Rank 2015 Rank 2014 Rank
Brigham Young University 1 5 9 15
Baylor University 2 15 20 17
Thomas Aquinas College 3 1 2 7
University of Dallas 4 6 5 6
College of the Ozarks 5 8 4 5
Grove City College 6 2 3 3
Hillsdale College 7 3 10 4
Hampden-Sydney College 8 11 8 9
United States Naval Academy 9 9 15 10
United States Air Force Academy 10 NR NR 19
United States Coast Guard Academy 11 NR 16 11
Wheaton College (IL) 12 NR 14 14
United States Military Academy 13 7 13 8
Texas A&M University – College Station 14 4 1 2
University of Louisiana at Lafayette 15 NR NR NR
Angelo State University 16 NR NR NR
Wofford College 17 14 11 NR
Bryant University 18 NR NR NR
University of Dayton 19 NR NR NR
Kansas State University 20 NR 19 18
United States Merchant Marine Academy NR 10 6 12
Auburn University NR 12 7 1
Clemson University NR 13 12 13
Catholic University of America NR 16 NR 20
University of Nebraska – Lincoln NR 17 NR NR
Ohio Northern University NR 18 NR NR
University of North Dakota NR 19 NR NR
University of Oklahoma NR 20 NR NR
Gordon College NR NR 17 NR
Angelo State University NR NR 18 16

Source: The Princeton Review


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