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Ranking Liberal/Conservative Top 50 Schools

BoxingLeprechaunBoxingLeprechaun Posts: 150Registered User Junior Member
edited September 2007 in College Search & Selection
OK, here's my idea. Can someone rank the top 50 colleges in the USNWR by how liberal/conservative they are, with the top school being the most liberal? I think that this thread can be a great help to any student who is curious about a certain school's political leaning.
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  • AlexandreAlexandre Posts: 21,677Super Moderator Senior Member
    This should be fun!

    MEGA LIBERAL:
    Brown University
    Columbia University
    Cornell University
    New York University
    University of California-Berkeley
    University of California-Santa Cruz
    Yale University

    LIBERAL:
    Brandeis University
    Caltech
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Dartmouth College
    Harvard University
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Stanford University
    University of California-Irvine
    University of California-Los Angeles
    University of California-San Diego
    University of California-Santa Barbara
    University of Chicago
    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    University of Texas-Austin
    University of Washington
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    MODERATE:
    Case Western Reserve University
    College of William and Mary
    Emory University
    Johns Hopkins University
    Northwestern University
    Pennsylvania State University-University Park
    Princeton University
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Rice University
    Tulane University
    University of California-Davis (not entirely sure about this one, could be considered Liberal)
    University of Florida
    University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
    University of Maryland-College Park
    University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Southern California
    Washington University-St Louis

    SLIGHTLY RIGHT OF CENTER (but not conservative)
    Boston College
    Duke University
    Georgetown University
    Georgia Institute of Technolgy
    Lehigh University
    University of Notre Dame
    University of Virginia
    Vanderbilt University

    CONSERVATIVE:
    The only top 50 university that I would classify as "conservative" is:
    Wake Forest University

    Other "major" universities I would qualify as conservative are:
    Baylor University
    Brigham Young University
    Texas A&M University
  • Bentley89Bentley89 Posts: 154Registered User Junior Member
    I would say that Notre Dame is qualifies as conservative.
    To balance out the conservative lists, I would add Washington and Lee and Davidson from the LACs.

    Princeton is also right of center
  • huskem55huskem55 Posts: 4,284User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    I'll start off the LACS

    MEGA-LIBERAL
    Bard
    Macalester
    Mt Holyoke
    Oberlin
    Skidmore
    Smith
    Vassar
    Wesleyan

    LIBERAL
    Amherst
    Barnard
    Bates
    Bryn Mawr
    Carleton
    Colorado College
    Connecticut College
    Dickinson
    Grinnell
    Hamilton
    Haverford
    Kenyon
    Pomona
    Swarthmore
    Wellesley
    Whitman

    MODERATE
    Bowdoin
    Claremont McKenna
    Colby
    Colgate
    Harvey Mudd
    Middlebury
    Union
    Williams

    SLIGHTLY RIGHT OF CENTER
    Bucknell
    Franklin & Marshall
    Gettysburg
    Holy Cross
    Lafayette
    Trinity

    CONSERVATIVE
    Davidson
    Furman
    Richmond
    Sewanee
    Washington and Lee
  • WeskidWeskid Posts: 1,288Registered User Senior Member
    Also add Reed in the mega-liberal catagory for LACs (I know it's not top 50, but we all know it should be).

    I'd also note that none of the mega liberal unis listed are quite as liberal as the most liberal of the LACs :D
  • Bentley89Bentley89 Posts: 154Registered User Junior Member
    I'm not so sure about Richmond being Conservative. It's all rich kids from New Jersey, so I think it probably falls under the moderate category.
  • UCDAlum82UCDAlum82 Posts: 1,065Registered User Senior Member
    Davis, USC, and the Clarmont-McKenna schools would only be considered Moderate next to other California schools. Up against, say Rice, they would be considered bleeding heart liberals. (And on Earth day Davis is closer to Santa Cruz than you would think.)
  • Lesser PerfesserLesser Perfesser Posts: 98Registered User Junior Member
    I'm not so sure about Richmond being Conservative. It's all rich kids from New Jersey, so I think it probably falls under the moderate category.

    That is a fairly recent change, however, and until the last decade or so, Richmond was very much a regional, old money southern school.
  • klugekluge Posts: 6,559Registered User Senior Member
    It's hard to "classify" an institution with thousands (or tens of thousands) of members/participants. "Liberal" Stanford is the home of the decidedly right-leaning Hoover Institute, for example. And "moderate" Claremont-McKenna has a strong rightish contingent also. I wouldn't be surprised if you found pockets of liberalism at BYU, etc., as well. Most colleges and universities are home to a variety of opinions, as befits the purpose of the institution. You're probably only "safe" at places which vigorously enforce a particular dogma, like Bob Jones U.
  • Kafka89Kafka89 Posts: 235Registered User Junior Member
    MIT has Noam Chomsky.....that alone makes them Mega-Liberal, especially given their ridiculous divestment from Israel since Chomsky is a self-loathing Jew who hates his own people.

    Harvard, with the whole Larry Summers incident? Mega-Liberal in my book.

    A lot of people felt that Emory sold itself to the ultra-liberal academic devil when they welcomed Jimmy Carter, the worst [mega-liberal] president in the history of our country. I pin it down as "Liberal" at least. Especially considering that despite its large Jewish population, I've heard that the school is not largely Zionist - kind of scary.

    Cornell, though, I don't think is MEGA-liberal. Liberal, yes.
  • proletariat2proletariat2 Posts: 3,519Registered User Senior Member
    MIT has Noam Chomsky.....that alone makes them Mega-Liberal, especially given their ridiculous divestment from Israel since Chomsky is a self-loathing Jew who hates his own people.

    Oh, come on. He's a professor of linguistics. Despite his obvious liberal/radical leanings, he isn't exactly making MIT into a bastion of "eebul liberalism". And that's an unfair charge to level against Chomsky, too.

    Also, Emory isn't exactly liberal, and Harvard may be liberal (70% for Kerry in 2004) but people is Cambridge (85% for Kerry) consider it conservative.
  • CeskyCesky Posts: 248Registered User Junior Member
    Davidson is definitely not conservative
  • GoNavyXCGoNavyXC Posts: 467Registered User Member
    MEGA LIBERAL:
    Boston Universtiy
    Brown University
    Columbia University
    Cornell University
    New York University
    University of California-Berkeley
    University of California-Santa Cruz
    Yale University
    Williams College

    LIBERAL:
    Boston College
    Brandeis University
    Caltech
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Dartmouth College
    Harvard University
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Stanford University
    University of California-Irvine
    University of California-Los Angeles
    University of California-San Diego
    University of California-Santa Barbara
    University of Chicago
    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    University of Texas-Austin
    University of Washington
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Villanova University

    MODERATE:
    Case Western Reserve University
    College of William and Mary
    Emory University
    Johns Hopkins University
    Northwestern University
    Pennsylvania State University-University Park
    Princeton University
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Rice University
    Tulane University
    University of California-Davis (not entirely sure about this one, could be considered Liberal)
    University of Florida
    University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
    University of Maryland-College Park
    University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Southern California
    Washington University-St Louis
    Stanford University

    SLIGHTLY RIGHT OF CENTER (but not conservative)
    Bucknell University
    Duke University
    Georgetown University
    Georgia Institute of Technolgy
    Lehigh University
    United States Air Force Academy
    University of Notre Dame
    University of Virginia
    Vanderbilt University
    United States Naval Academy
    United States Military Academy
    Wake Forest

    I'm trying to think of school that come out as super conservative, but the most conservative ones are still slightly right of center with a conservative hint.
  • UCDAlum82UCDAlum82 Posts: 1,065Registered User Senior Member
    Oh, and when I was at Davis, our elections and politics class did a survey of Davis students on who they wanted for president, Carter, or Reagan. Anderson (the independent) won. By a landslide. I'm not sure what that makes them.
  • superwizardsuperwizard Posts: 1,251Registered User Senior Member
    MIT has Noam Chomsky.....that alone makes them Mega-Liberal, especially given their ridiculous divestment from Israel since Chomsky is a self-loathing Jew who hates his own people.

    There's no need for such attacks on people. Some people actual admire Chomsky and think highly of him (I do for one) so please keep your name calling to yourself.
  • BoxingLeprechaunBoxingLeprechaun Posts: 150Registered User Junior Member
    I'd say the Naval/Millitary/Aor Force schools are most definitely conservative.
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