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Conservative, non-religious affiliated colleges, w/ Engineering

ThunderGThunderG Posts: 24Registered User New Member
Looking for a needle in a haystack.

S1 is interested in attending a socially and politically conservative college that is not affiliated with any particular religion. Conservatism doesn't need to be extreme, some liberal thoughts, ideas, and challenges should be part of a college experience. Anything right of center would be fine - just so he is not constantly distracted by the liberalism that permeates most college campuses and faculty.


Engineering - At least Top 75 overall engineering programs (could be a smaller school w/ great engineering rep), but not engineering exclusive school.

Warmer weather preferred.

Big time sports preferred.

At least 5k students preferred.

Any suggestions? I really have all the data I need other than the conservative environment piece. Any thoughts on that would be welcome as would "best fits" among this specific group of criteria.

S has 31 ACT and a 3.8/4.3 GPA w/uw with a moderate level of ECs. Not a real strong writer so essays, where required, may be underwhelming.

Right now, I think Southern Cal, Virginia Tech, NC State, Cal Poly SLO, and Vanderbilt may be good fits for these set of criteria but I don't know much about their social/political climates.

Notre Dame and Villanova may also be good fits if religious affiliation is OK (assuming ND is still Catholic after the Pres. Obama fiasco).
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Replies to: Conservative, non-religious affiliated colleges, w/ Engineering

  • happymomof1happymomof1 Posts: 23,428Registered User Senior Member
    No religious affiliation + Engineering = Public University

    Try looking south of the Mason-Dixon line for the conservative factor.
  • poipoi Posts: 2,427Registered User Senior Member
    Georgia Tech and Clemson.
  • siglio21siglio21 Posts: 2,678Registered User Senior Member
    cal poly, auburn, georgia tech, and wake forest
  • joliefilliejoliefillie Posts: 117Registered User Junior Member
    Harvey Mudd
  • ConsolationConsolation Posts: 18,587Registered User Senior Member
    Texas A&M?
  • ThunderGThunderG Posts: 24Registered User New Member
    Siglio, Thanks. My son loved Wake, but they don't offer engineering.
  • RoaringMiceRoaringMice Posts: 243Registered User Junior Member
    So a top 75 engineering program, at a school that's a bit more conservative than liberal, and which doesn't have a specific religious affiliation. School should not be a pure engineering school.

    Based on that, I think you should look at: Cal Poly SLO, Bucknell, Baylor, Virginia Military Institute, The Citadel, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M College Station, Case Western, Iowa State, Clemson, U Tennesssee, Kansas State U, U of Utah, US Military Academy, US Naval Academy, US Air Force Academy, and maybe Rensselaer Polytechnic.

    Of course, some of those are more liberal than others, and you'll need to check each one for your comfort level re: conservatism. But all are good engineering schools, and relative to most unis, they're a bit more on the conservative side; and some are very conservative.
  • ThunderGThunderG Posts: 24Registered User New Member
    Folks, Thanks for all the suggestions. Great ideas. TAMU does seem to be a perfect fit given the criteria I listed, but I think that school may be a little too "Texas" for an introverted out-of-stater. Great school with fabulous traditions, but I don't think it would be a good fit.

    GT - another good fit, but S doesn't like urban campuses.

    Clemson - hadn't really considered, but will now. I think the Carolina's would be a great place to make a life after college.

    Cal Poly and USC will probably make the final 6 or so for sure.
  • endlessrecessionendlessrecession Posts: 262Registered User Junior Member
    Auburn, Va.Tech, Ga.Tech, NCState, Clemson. The service academies. All fabulous schools with a fairly conservative general campus culture.
  • AT9AT9 Posts: 681Registered User Member
    I agree with most suggestions that have been posted on here so far, but I'll add my input... Texas A&M, Clemson, Auburn, and GA Tech are probably some of your best bets.

    However, most of the conservative ones will be in the Southern US, generally speaking. But you could also try for someplace like Iowa State, Oklahoma, Mizzou, Arizona State, Nebraska, etc. They may not be right of center politically, but I imagine that they're fairly balanced as far as colleges go.
  • Rutgers89Rutgers89 Posts: 275- Junior Member
    There are no conservative colleges in the country because liberals are smarter and they are the ones that should be teaching.
  • rocketDArocketDA Posts: 1,565Registered User Senior Member
    "Harvey Mudd"

    Is that a joke? We are QUITE liberal, thank you very much!
  • vociferousvociferous Posts: 1,410Registered User Senior Member
    Conservative and College? Hmm I think higher education is too elitist for real conservatives who relish in their anti-intellectualism. Just forgo college and listen to that slob Rush or that crybaby Hannity.
  • Harry BalzakHarry Balzak Posts: 126- Junior Member
    It will be difficult to find a small, private university with big-time sports. Lehigh might be a good option but there are no big-time sports.
  • Damon1570Damon1570 Posts: 565Registered User Member

    *very good for engineering
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