How liberal is UPenn?

<p>I'm just a typical conservative Republican from the south, and I'm hoping to get admitted into Wharton next year. I'm vice president of the Young Republicans club at our school, and my family also always votes Republican in elections. I understand that most prestigious universities typically lean to the left, but how liberal exactly is Penn? Does Obama, for instance, come fairly often for speeches? Do other liberal democrat politicians come frequently?</p>

<p>Well Amy Gutmann is on President Obama's bioethics committee and I think Joe Biden spoke at the public policy school's graduations.</p>

<p>penn is probably a little more centrist compared to the other ivies -</p>

<p>most would probably say somewhere on the liberal side, politically, but somewhere on the conservative side, fiscally</p>

<p>penn republicans and democrats are both active</p>

<p>clinton and biden have come to campus, but so have jon huntsman (this year's commencement speaker) and mccain</p>

<p>80% of campus voters did vote for Obama in 2008. If you are socially conservative, you may have a tough time finding anyone who thinks like you. At the same time, I like a challenge, so I kinda like being the only conservative voice around! :)</p>

<p>Well, I am entering UPenn this year and so is another kid from my school. We are by far the most conservative, christian students in our school.</p>

<p>^^^ Good luck.</p>



<p>I definitely think Penn is less liberal than lots of its ivy league peers (brown, dartmouth)</p>

<p>^ Dartmouth is pretty conservative. </p>

<p>Penn is very obviously liberal. Do you guys even know the philosophy of its founder?</p>

<p>Do you mean Benjamin Franklin?</p>

<p>Although Penn probably does lean to the liberal side like all ivies, I have met a bunch of conservatives and Republicans......I've had quite a few heated debates over politics with people from my hall actually regarding the health care bill.</p>

<p>Penn has always been less political than other Ivies and is more tolerant of other views reflecting its history.</p>

<p>My son ('10) is Republican and politically conservative but not socially. He found his "tribe" at Penn, but it IS a university and universities tend to be liberal environments. Don't count on finding too many politically conservative faculty members. As far as the socially conservative, Southern Christian part- that's going to be more challenging for the OP to find like-minded peers.</p>

<p>Dartmouth isn't conservative at all. That's a myth.</p>

<p>what does conversative and liberal mean in USA?</p>

Don't count on finding too many politically conservative faculty members.


<p>But those that do exist are phenomenal. Alan Charles Kors is a living legend (check out his wikipedia entry Alan</a> Charles Kors - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ) Arthur Waldron is endlessly interesting and Walter McDougall's American history courses are as much celebratory orations of American exceptionalism as they are popular history lectures. </p>

<p>And of course you'll find no shortage of capitalists in the Wharton school. One of my favorite management professors had a poster on his office door making fun of climate change doom-mongers...such heresy at another, less tolerant school would surely have him burned at the stake by now.</p>

<p>US conservative = European liberals mixed with Christian Democrat-type parties
US liberal = European left-of-center, but not quite as to the left as a typical European left-of-center party. Think more Blairite "New Labour" than Michael Foot-style Labour</p>