Most Liberal Colleges? Best in California?

<p>What are some good, really liberal, hippy schools?
And what are the best schools in California?</p>

<p>Here's what I have so far-</p>


Claremont McKennna
Harvey Mudd
Loyola Marymount

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<p>Other schools know for being liberal/hippy: Sarah Lawrence, Hampshire, Bard, Evergreen State, Reed, Oberlin, Vassar, Wesleyan. </p>

<p>Though you will find more variation at some of these than others--I have a friends at Bard and one who transfered from Hampshire to Wes, and they all say Wes has a much winder range with far more "preppy" types than either of thsose schools. I think Brown and Occidental would also have a range (as would some of the others I listed).</p>

<p>UCSC is a good, liberal, hippy school in California. All of my friends that have gone there (I have many) love it. </p>

<p>UCSF does not have any undergraduate programs.</p>

<p>On your list I would say the most conservative colleges would be Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount due to religious affiliation.</p>

<p>First, a note: UC San Francisco is NOT an undergraduate campus. You may be thinking of San Francisco STate, but that's a totally different school.</p>

<p>Second, Pepperdine is the complete opposite of a hippie liberal college. Are you aware that there are required weekly convocation meetings, often with a religious theme? Or that the dorms prohibit visits from members of the opposite sex? It was only just a few years ago that Pepperdine's administration started allowing on-campus dancing between males and females. I can't imagine someone who is a true "hippie type" being happy at Pepperdine for very long (although you will find some liberals mixed in among the students).</p>

<p>Loyola Marymount is a Catholic University. It has some liberal tendencies, in terms of belief in human rights, and there are no requirements for going to church. But, you will have to take some religion courses there, and priests live in some of the dorms. Like Pepperdine, a true hippie-type will find some kindred souls, but the overall feel is decidedly un-hippie.</p>

<p>If you're really looking for a liberal campus and a hippie vibe in California, check out the Johnston Center program at the University of Redlands. It's a throwback to Berkeley 1969.</p>

<p>Speaking of UC Berkeley, it's come a looooooong way since its hippie dippie days, and it is now much more mainstream then the stereotypical image many have of it. You'll find some hippies here and there in Berkeley itself, but UC Berkeley's hey day as a hippie haven passed long ago.</p>

<p>In addition to the Johnston Center, two other schools that should be on your list if you're looking for that hippie very liberal vibe are Humboldt State and UC Santa Cruz. Pitzer would also probably satisfy someone looking for a very liberal campus, although it too has moved a bit more towards the center in recent years.</p>

<p>All of the other schools on your list are pretty middle of the road these days. You'll find plenty of liberals at many of them, and some "hippie" types, but if you're picturing a summer of love type of atmosphere you won't really find it permeating any of those campuses. I can't imagine anyone thinking those are "hippie" schools - it just ain't so.</p>

<p>If you're open to suggestions outside of California, and want that real liberal hippie vibe, I'd recommend looking at the following schools: Hampshire College, Bard College, Sarah Lawrence College, Reed College, Earlham College, Oberlin College, Beloit College, Lewis & Clark, Evergreen State University. Vassar, Wesleyan, U of Chicago, Grinnell and Brown might also fit the bill for some people, although they are decidely more "middle of the road" in some respects.</p>