In 2020, liberals dominate college campuses, leaving many conservatives feeling like outsiders on their college campuses. For these reasons, many conservatives aim to attend universities with like-minded individuals. There are many colleges that are conservative strongholds across America that you just have never heard of; the only problem is your future employee probably has not heard of them either. Because of this, we have compiled a list of the top conservative colleges that will give you a degree that will headline your resume.
Founded in 1972 by Jerry Falwell senior, Liberty University is a Christian college that strives to create “Champions of Christ.” Located in Lynchburg, Virginia the school shows strong socially conservative traits such as weekly required convocations and a dress code for men and women. The school also has a vast amount of conservative staff, headlined by ex U.S. Representative Dave Brat who is the dean of the business school.
Located in Provo Utah, BYU is a stronghold for traditional conservative thought. Like Liberty, Brigham Young University has strong socially conservative rules such as a dress code, mandated religious events, and a ban on alcohol. The school has a strong Young Republicans Club and also has a class called Free-market Economics where students can learn about capitalism.
- Cedarville University
This school in Ohio, like the two before it on this list, is a school with strong rules concerning drinking and how to dress. The school has also been quoted by multiple students as being a campus with a majority of students being conservative. Any student who has strong religious ties and conservative values would be at home at Cedarville.
- Baylor University
Unlike the schools before it on this list, Baylor University has not written conservative values into the rules, but still proves to be a place where conservatives can feel at home. Located in the overwhelmingly red city of Waco, Texas, Baylor bolsters strong conservative think tanks such as Young Conservatives of Texas—along with other right leaning clubs.
- Texas A&M
While a more politically diverse campus than others on this list, Texas A&M is a school with a deep history in conservative and military tradition. The school has a strong club presence with the Texas Aggie Conservatives. The Aggies have been extremely active on campus, including movements to change laws regarding concealed carry on campus and end mandatory meal plan buy-ins. The school also has a library and a graduate school named after the Republican president, George H.W. Bush.
Located in Clemson, South Carolina, Clemson University is one of the larger schools on this list with over 20,000 students. While not as socially conservative as many on this list, Clemson has shown strong support for capitalism through it’s Clemson Institute For The Study of Capitalism. The University also has a strong Young Republicans chapter.
- Hillsdale College
Hillsdale College is a beacon of the American conservative movement, with Justice Clarence Thomas likening it to a “shining city on a hill.” It was founded by abolitionists and has been open to black students and women from its founding in 1844. The college’s liberal arts curriculum is dedicated to studying Western philosophical and literary canon, and its core curriculum includes courses on the US Constitution and Great Books. Hillsdale College also houses the personal library of Austrian School economist Ludwig von Mises and contains collections of the works of great thinkers like Russell Kirk and Richard Weaver. Hillsdale is third on The Princeton Review’s ranking of the colleges with the most conservative students, and its independence from the government and focus on Western heritage creates a unique atmosphere especially suitable for conservative students.
- Auburn University
For students unsure about whether a state college can truly be conservative, I would turn you to their school creed which states, “I believe this is a practical world and I can only count on what I earn. Therefore I believe in work, hard work.” Auburn is a school founded on conservative values and is keeping those values alive with on campus organizations like College Republicans and Students for Life.
- Texas Christian University
While not officially governed under Christian doctrine, TCU founding culture has strong ties to the Disciples of Christ. These Judeo-Christian values are kept alive today in the college through on-campus clubs such as Students for Life and an official chapter of College Republicans. Any conservative considering TCU is considering a university where conservative thought is alive and active.
- University of Chicago
With many American colleges becoming increasingly unwelcome to academic freedom and free expression, the University of Chicago remains one of the few top educational institutions upholding these ideals, having the most open climate for Free Speech according to one ranking. The University of Chicago is also famous for so-called “Chicago Principles,” which reflect the university’s long-standing commitment to Freedom of Speech. For students of all beliefs—conservative, liberal, libertarian and others—the University of Chicago offers not only excellent education, but also possibilities for relatively free and open intellectual inquiries.
BONUS: Pepperdine University (Graduate)
Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy is a bright spot in the state of California. The School of Public Policy provides scholarships through a program called the P4 program in which students participating organizations can receive scholarships for up to 70% off tuition. Many of these organizations are centered in conservative thought, such as the American Enterprise institute, California Federation of College Republicans, and the Heritage Foundation.
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