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College Rankings 2012: Most Conservative Colleges
The Daily Beast / Newsweek ^ | 5 August 2012 | College Rankings

Posted on 08/11/2012 7:04:56 PM PDT by Vigilanteman

The top 25 are posted at the link. Here is their summary of the top 10 most conservative colleges and universities:

  1. Ave Maria University
  2. Grove City College
  3. Franciscian University of Steubenville
  4. Freed-Hardeman University
  5. Dordt College
  6. Brigham Young University (Utah)
  7. Oklahoma Christian University
  8. Covenant College
  9. Northwestern College (Minnesota)
  10. Washington & Lee University

(Excerpt) Read more at thedailybeast.com ...


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KEYWORDS: college; conservative; highereducation; list; rankings; topten
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The selection methodology is explained at the link. There are some excellent conservative colleges not on the top 25 list such as Hillsdale College in Michigan. But otherwise, it is a good list tool for Freeper parents to consider in guiding their college-bound offspring.
1 posted on 08/11/2012 7:05:07 PM PDT by Vigilanteman
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To: Vigilanteman

Oh man. My Universities didn’t make it....Florida State for the Bachelor’s and George Washington for my MBA. What a rip...lol


2 posted on 08/11/2012 7:09:55 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Attention Republican National Convention voters....Santorum/Bachmann 2012! Dump liberal Romney NOW!)
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To: Vigilanteman

One thing that Hillsdale college has done recently that I really like. You can still become a teacher through Hillsdale college but not without getting a 4 year degree in something solid first.

If you absolutely want to get the teaching degree at the same time you’re working on the 4 year degree, Hillsdale will refer you to Spring Arbor college 20 miles to the north for specific classes.


3 posted on 08/11/2012 7:11:35 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: napscoordinator

You mean “FSU.....FSU....where the girls are girls and the guys are too” wasn’t on the list?


4 posted on 08/11/2012 7:12:02 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Vigilanteman
They picked a college that teaches evolution for the "most conservative" in the country? The same goes for number three.

That counts against a college in my book.

5 posted on 08/11/2012 7:12:12 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: Vigilanteman

If only we could view the list. The link has no list.


6 posted on 08/11/2012 7:12:21 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Vigilanteman

Occidental College is only #25 on the Most Liberal list? Poor Obama must have felt almost like a minority there...er...


7 posted on 08/11/2012 7:13:16 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Vigilanteman

Not sure if I would trust an evaluation of conservative schools from Newsweek/The Daily Beast, which are far to the left. It would be interesting if there is a survey from a conservative group.


8 posted on 08/11/2012 7:14:24 PM PDT by Aussiebabe
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To: Vigilanteman

The absence of my school, Hillsdale College, is absolutely ridiculous. Maybe they didn’t count Hillsdale because we don’t take any local, state, or federal government aid.


9 posted on 08/11/2012 7:15:01 PM PDT by Sark
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To: Vigilanteman

Maybe what you want to do is send your kid to a conservative college for two years to get a solid grounding in the basics, then send them to a liberal school for the last two, to prepare them for the battle that lies ahead.


10 posted on 08/11/2012 7:18:06 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Vigilanteman

Unfortunately, most of these colleges are unknown (BYU being an exception). So it’s not clear what a degree from such a place is worth in the job market.


11 posted on 08/11/2012 7:18:27 PM PDT by The people have spoken
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To: Vigilanteman

Interesting bias in that list.

They feel the need to give the state for a huge, nationally known university (BYU) but not for a tiny school with no reputation, located in the middle of nowhere. (Come on, how many outside of Henderson Tennessee who aren’t members of the Church of Christ have heard of ‘Freed-Hardeman’?


12 posted on 08/11/2012 7:20:54 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Sark

And one of the most liberal is about 50 miles away in Ann Arbor.


13 posted on 08/11/2012 7:21:04 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Vigilanteman

Actually Troy University when I attended was a very conservative college.

I can remember a few who were former military who were hard core. I especially remember Col. Williams. He was big and mean looking and most of us were a bit afraid of him. He had a tendency to glare at you.

I once visited his office and was surprised that he was both friendly and cordial. I guess he saved the hard face for class.

I had another who was former Army intelligence and he too was hard core. Also a bit of survivalist. I did have one liberal prof. but even he loved guns and shooting.


14 posted on 08/11/2012 7:22:45 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Vigilanteman

Christendom College and Hillsdale do NOT accept fed $$ for ANYthing. That alone should qualify them.

Also, no Thomas Aquinas College?!


15 posted on 08/11/2012 7:22:58 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to hear you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."-Del Shannon)
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To: Vigilanteman
I'm glad to see that good old Harding University of Searcy, Arkansas made the list. Go Bisons!

It's not surprising since the church of Christ is very Conservative in all aspects. Going back to my college years, George S. Benson (Harding President) articulated the threat of Communism vs. Capitalism. It's a bit dated, from 1962, but Dr. Benson's words still stir real Americans about the threat of liberalism and its communist cousin.

16 posted on 08/11/2012 7:23:03 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Vigilanteman

I didn’t see Cooper Union on the list.


17 posted on 08/11/2012 7:23:26 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors,,, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: The people have spoken
So it’s not clear what a degree from such a place is worth in the job market.

Most of them have religious affiliations. Graduates probably should aim to work within the relevant denomination.

18 posted on 08/11/2012 7:24:28 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: re_nortex

Isn’t Church of Christ the one Obama’s pastor belongs to?


19 posted on 08/11/2012 7:27:52 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: PAR35
...how many outside of Henderson Tennessee who aren’t members of the Church of Christ have heard of ‘Freed-Hardeman’?

Here in Dallas, I'm well outside of Henderson, TN but am very familiar with Freed-Hardeman. Of course, as a church of Christ member, I do have knowledge of the fine educational institutions associated with the church. Another one making the list is Oklahoma Christian University.

20 posted on 08/11/2012 7:29:15 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Vigilanteman

BS;if Hillsdale isn’t on this list then it is bogus.


21 posted on 08/11/2012 7:32:37 PM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: yarddog

“Isn’t Church of Christ the one Obama’s pastor belongs to?”

NO! THat is the United Church of Christ, one of the most liberal religious bodies in the world. Ultra-liberal.

The churches of Christ have ZERO to do with them.


22 posted on 08/11/2012 7:35:09 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: yarddog
Isn’t Church of Christ the one Obama’s pastor belongs to?

ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NOT!

The church (lowercase 'c') of Christ bears no relationship in any way, shape or form to the Marxist United Church of Christ. I'm hoping that some of the good "dunking Campbellites" here on Free Republic will help set the record straight. Look at the video with Dr. George Benson from Harding I posted a few messages back.

23 posted on 08/11/2012 7:35:52 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: re_nortex

OK I get it. The church of Christ is good one. The United Church of Christ is the bad one.

It is a bit confusing tho as most people simply call the United Church of Christ, the Church of Christ.

The lower case “c” is the giveaway.


24 posted on 08/11/2012 7:39:26 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: yarddog

absolutely not. Traditional church of christs are non denominational and very conservative.


25 posted on 08/11/2012 7:44:08 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Vigilanteman

At one time, I would have wondered why out military academies are not amongst those named as conservative. To paraphrase Inspector Clouseau....”not any more”

The Obamadork and his liberal minions have taken schools with much more history, importance, education and morality than Harvard/Yale/etc combined and is rapidly turning them into advanced versions of our public schools.

As soon as they can void the requirement that the academies provide a bachelor of science - and change that to the vapid bachelor of arts...the deed is done. Vapidness and mediocrity will ensue.

The academies will have lowered their standards to a state where even the Obamadorkfelonidiotcretinpieceofsh*t could 1) enter and 2) graduate.


26 posted on 08/11/2012 7:44:52 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Bryan24
The churches of Christ have ZERO to do with them.

Thanks! You even got the case of the letter right in church. :-)

The relationship between the Westboro thugs and the Baptists is nil. Likewise with the Marxists at the United Church of (ahem) Christ and the church of Christ.

Ken Starr, now president of Baylor, led the investigation of Bill Clinton is a church of Christ member as is Ted Poe of the Texas 2nd, one of the most Conservative members of Congress. Likewise for Fred Thompson and, on a lighter note, Meat Loaf.

27 posted on 08/11/2012 7:47:12 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: dfwgator
You mean “FSU.....FSU....where the girls are girls and the guys are too” wasn’t on the list? Slappy* Valley ain't what it used to be.

*"I heard a rhythim, slapping sound" (Mike McQuery)

28 posted on 08/11/2012 7:49:05 PM PDT by lightman (Settling for the "lesser of two..." is still choosing Evil)
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To: yarddog
I had another who was former Army intelligence and he too was hard core.

This guy?

SAY IT!!! SAY IT!!!

("Back to School" reference.)

29 posted on 08/11/2012 7:50:42 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: yarddog
The lower case “c” is the giveaway.

Yes, that's one way to differentiate them. Even the buildings are very different. The liberal United Church of Christ usually has majestic, soaring cathedral-like structures. Most of the church of Christ buildings are very modest and quite a few don't even have steeples or other such ornamentation. I could also mention the difference in the music...but that's left as an exercise for the reader. :-)

I'll share this story (which I've posted on occasion here on Free Republic). Back in the summer of 2008 when the campaign was in full swing, I took a long summer vacation by car. My route took me across Texas, into Arkansas, through Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee as well as Alabama. I visited congregations of the "coC" at every opportunity for Wednesday night as well as Sunday services. I checked out the parking lot of each. There was NOT ONE Obama bumper sticker on any of the thousands of cars I must have seen. There were plenty for Palin (with the name of some other guy, the fellow she ran with).

In closing, since I'll heading to services in a few hours, everyone at my congregation is a gun owner and that includes the preacher. Woe unto the fool who tries to lift the collection plate. We carry more than just our Bibles into the building! Amen!

30 posted on 08/11/2012 7:57:52 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Sark

I agree. And I suspect the same thing happened to Christendom College, which I believe should be on the list as well. Like Hillsdale, Christendom does not accept any government money.

Regards,


31 posted on 08/11/2012 8:00:28 PM PDT by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
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I am an alum of #8! Beautiful college with fantastic views from high atop Lookout Mountain Georgia. And yes, VERY conservative. Go Scots!


32 posted on 08/11/2012 8:04:09 PM PDT by BallparkBoys (RESIST WE MUCH! ....We must, and we will much, about that, be committed!)
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To: Vigilanteman

well where is Wake Forest?


33 posted on 08/11/2012 8:06:55 PM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: PAR35
They feel the need to give the state for a huge, nationally known university (BYU) but not for a tiny school with no reputation, located in the middle of nowhere.

I doubt that it is bias. Just a need to distinguish itself from the lesser known BYU Campus in Idaho which is further down the list.

34 posted on 08/11/2012 8:10:52 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman
Went over their "most rigorous" list. They put Columbia at the top.

Sorry, don't buy it.

35 posted on 08/11/2012 8:13:22 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: Sark; Aussiebabe
Post #9 may have some merit. Hillsdale College never fails to make the list published by Young American's Foundation which you can still access by typing "Best colleges for conservatives" in their search box.

The YAF list put more emphasis on faculty, philosophy and curriculum of the institution whereas this list puts more emphasis on the political leanings of the student body.

Most likely, this is the main reason why the college lists are different, although there are some similarities as well.

36 posted on 08/11/2012 8:19:43 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: BallparkBoys
I am an alum of #8! Beautiful college with fantastic views from high atop Lookout Mountain Georgia. And yes, VERY conservative. Go Scots!

Great for Covenant College - flagship college of the Conservative, Bible-believing Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). It looks like our dollars are being well spent!

37 posted on 08/11/2012 8:24:13 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Vigilanteman

Thanks, that list was good to compare between the two.


38 posted on 08/11/2012 8:32:15 PM PDT by Aussiebabe
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To: re_nortex

Rock operas are always interesting. Bat Out Of Hell is no exception.

Considering your faith, check out ‘Luxaeterna’ by the Brazilian band Aquaria. They’re prog/power/symphonic metal, but some of the better bands in the genre come from Brazil. Aside from that, Aquaria is a good example of sonic excellence in all areas: world-class musicianship, writing and production.

Here’s the intro and first song of the album.
http://youtu.be/3gxH05P-aRM

Heavy Metal Fact No. 1: not all metal is satanic.


39 posted on 08/11/2012 8:42:34 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: wastedyears

“Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” by Iron Maiden would have made an awesome Rock/Metal Opera.

I like your user name.


40 posted on 08/11/2012 8:44:51 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

It is a concept album after all, so by that means it is a rock opera.


41 posted on 08/11/2012 8:50:06 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: re_nortex
Surely am pleased to hear of your “guns in church” policy. Me too! Too many bad boys and girls think a church gathering is “easy picking!” Not the case so much now adays.

The mixing up of our beliefs and actions with that den of depravity and anti-Americanism in Chicago is unfortunate.

42 posted on 08/11/2012 8:51:22 PM PDT by jennings2004 ("Just give Granny a pill...." Obama's healthcare = Death panel)
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To: wastedyears

It is a concept album after all, so by that means it is a rock opera.


I never knew that. I always thought there had to be a play or opera performance tied to it.


43 posted on 08/11/2012 8:57:37 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

No, not at all. I believe ‘The Wall’ by Pink Floyd is a concept album. Also, Streets: A Rock Opera by Savatage is exactly that.


44 posted on 08/11/2012 9:19:13 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: wastedyears

“Handfull of Rain” rocked.


45 posted on 08/11/2012 9:39:26 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: Vigilanteman
Our daughter is graduating from Ave Maria Univ. She received an excellent education, though she said the old Administration came out with some boneheaded ideas, sometimes. Thankfully, they didn't put them into practice.

The new Administration, under Jim Towey, seems to be doing things right.

46 posted on 08/11/2012 10:21:04 PM PDT by SuziQ
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Most of the engineering schools are conservative. Virginia Tech is pretty conservative but the nuts make all the noise. When they held a gay wedding or Global Warming rally on campus, only about a dozen people would show up. Even anti-gun rallies were sparsely attended. More people whowed up to the Bass Fishing Team’s national award ceremony. Everyone is focused on their job after graduation.


47 posted on 08/12/2012 6:14:47 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: yarddog

“Isn’t Church of Christ the one Obama’s pastor belongs to?”

Nope. That’s United Church of Christ or Unitarians Considering Christ.


48 posted on 08/12/2012 6:21:54 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: yarddog

“Isn’t Church of Christ the one Obama’s pastor belongs to?”

Nope. That’s United Church of Christ or Unitarians Considering Christ.


49 posted on 08/12/2012 6:22:13 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Carry_Okie

Methodology is the key here. Note that it isn’t objective, it is a survey mainly of student perceptions. Yeah, some of it is reality based. But much of it is based on student perceptions. Classes may seem a lot less rigorous when you are stone cold sober versus stoned.


50 posted on 08/12/2012 6:27:09 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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