Rampant liberalism?

<p>Hi guys,</p>

<p>I am seriously considering applying ED. I will visit Swarthmore this weekend. I have a question I must have answered. How politically liberal is Swarthmore? Particularly in the post 9-11 world. I have heard conflicting reports. </p>

<p>I am highly political. I'm a social liberal, a fiscal conservative (I really do love capitalism,) and in favor of the war in Iraq and the war on terror. I am in favor of small government and I have a big problem with cradle-to-grave handouts. I am a "nice" conservative in a sense- I really do want what's best for everyone, particularly the marginalized. I am not the one to get into a heated political argument and I would never be prejudiced to anyone because of their political beliefs. How would I get along at Swarthmore?</p>

<p>I think you'll get along just fine, although your views will probably not be the most popular ones (especially regarding the war in Iraq). A good way to geta feel for the mood at the college is through their student publications.</p>

<p>Supposedly, the College Republicans is the most active/vocal political organization on campus, so Swarthmore doesn't seem to be a solid wall of liberal rhetoric...</p>

<p>narwhal, I wouldn't go so far as saying the Republicans are the most active vocal political group on campus. However, here is an article in last Thursday's Phoenix about the elections from a Republican student's POV (says she is a moderate Republican):
<a href="http://phoenix.swarthmore.edu/2004-11-04/opinions/14382%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://phoenix.swarthmore.edu/2004-11-04/opinions/14382&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>And here is the main editorial:
<a href="http://phoenix.swarthmore.edu/2004-11-04/opinions/14404%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://phoenix.swarthmore.edu/2004-11-04/opinions/14404&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>I don't think you would have a problem making friends, though, commongi.</p>

<p>Well...okay. I'm really not the person to contribute, I know :) When I visited, I did run across several people who identified with a more conservative view, and they didn't feel the Republicans club was ostracized or the like.
I shouldn't have said "most"...</p>

<p>Swarthmore runs neck and neck with Wesleyan for the most politically liberal of the Liberal Arts Colleges. You will probably be perceived as a true conservative by most other Swarthmore students, but you should be able to fit in anyway. You never know, you may be the voice of reason there and actually help the school. I say, Go For It!</p>

<p>Virtually all Northeastern elite colleges and universities are "rampantly liberal", both in the faculty and student body. That is just a fact of life, a function of academics who formed their world views during the 1960s and 1970s and the natural inclination of young voters. I think it's fair to say that they have been pulling professors and students in off the ledges at all Northeast campuses over the past week.</p>

<p>The student liberalism is centered almost entirely on social issues. It's easy to get lathered up about abortion or gay rights or war; not too sexy to dive into balanced budgets, tax policy, and other economic policy issues.</p>

<p>Swarthmore is certainly no exception and is probably somewhat to left of most colleges on social issues. The school has a tradition that includes leadership in the women's suffrage movement, the anti-McCarthy movement, anti-war efforts, and endowment fund divestiture of South African corporations (and more recently corporations without gay couple benefits).</p>

<p>I have no doubt that Republicans are in the minority. However, the student body is probably not quite as liberal as the students think they are. Here are the results from a campus poll conducted by a couple of Poli Sci majors last year:</p>

<p>Question: When it comes to politics, do you usually think of yourself as extremely liberal, slightly liberal, middle of the road, slightly conservative, extremely conservative, or haven't you thought much about this?</p>

<p>22% - Extremely Liberal
53% - Slightly Liberal
12% - Middle of the Road
8% - Slightly Conservative
1% - Extremely Conservative
4% - Haven't Thought Much About This</p>

<p>Also, there does not seem to be much "in your face" stylistic posturing. For example, you don't see much "goth" or "piercing" or other "statement uniforms".</p>

<p>There is widespread acceptance of gays and gay students seem to be comfortable on campus. However, it is a little hard to know whether the gay community is unusually large. It certainly doesn't seem to be a defining characteristic of Swarthmore, as it is at a few other schools.</p>

<p>By no means a scientific poll, but my daughter did report at least one friend voting for Bush and a second friend undecided from her hall for the election on Tuesday. There was a great deal of interest in the election, including the first debate shown on a big-screen TV set up on the main lawn of the campus and a lot of voter registration efforts, particularly because Pennsylvania was a key battleground state.</p>

<p>If I were a hard core Rush Limbaugh/Newt Gingrich Republican, I probably wouldn't go to Swarthmore. Anything from a Guliani/Weld Republican to a Howard Dean Democrat would probably be pretty comfortable.</p>

<p>"Well...okay. I'm really not the person to contribute, I know "
narwhal, this is a internet forum and anyone can contribute and those were your impressions, so it's ok. :)</p>

<p>My impressions are primarily from my son who is a freshman and a member of the college democrats (the ones that were being pulled out the ledges on Nov 3). But he is not a far left bleeding heart liberal...so. And even he knows people who voted Republican on campus. And most of his friends back home in Central Jersey voted Republican including his best friends from high school.</p>

<p>"thinking about applying ed"</p>

<p>Unless you filed your supplement by Nov. 1, you are past the deadline.</p>

<p>I think Nov. lst is the preferred deadline for the supplement, but they'll accept it with the rest of the app. on Nov. 15th.</p>

<p>The University of Chicago has a large PhD program (as PhD programs go) in economics. The faculty and alumni have earned 23 Nobel prizes in economics in the relatively short period that award has been granted. The Chicago school of economics is fundamentalist in studying efficient markets and the importance of free markets. Number of Swarthmore economics faculty that are of U of C granduates? Zip. Liberal or closed minded?</p>

<p>Yes, Swarthmore is liberal, especially regarding social and cultural issues. But this doesn't mean a conservative will be ostracized for their political views. People will be surprised by your political stance but open to discussing politics- that is, if you're well informed, socially conscious, and able to express your views well.
There was a lot of pain and heartache with the past election, by the way. Many College Republicans endorsed Kerry.</p>

<p>Thanks for all of your help. I think I will fit in fine. I'm not radical in any aspect.</p>

<p>I am applying for winter early decision.</p>