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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).