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Posted on 12/16/2005 9:36:15 AM PST by SirLinksalot
Group names top 10 conservative colleges
Schools said to shun curricula favored by 'liberal academia'
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com
A noted conservative organization has released a list of the top 10 colleges and universities it says espouse like-minded social and political beliefs.
"Each year, hundreds of thousands of students begin their college search. Admission guides, seminars, advice from friends and help from advisers all offer different perspectives. Presented with so many options, confusion often clouds this important decision-making process," says the Young America's Foundation, a Virginia-based group that promotes "traditional values" to the nation's young adults.
"Many conservative students seek alternatives in higher education, but they may not be fully aware of institutions that fit these criteria," says the organization.
According to YAF, the schools offering the best conservative experience are:
Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich.
Grove City College in Grove City, Pa.
Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio
Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.
Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif.
Harding University in Searcy, Ark.
College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.
Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va.
Christendom College in Front Royal, Va. Colleges deserving of an "honorable mention" include Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah; St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa.; Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky.; Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va.; and King's College in New York City.
"To be selected, a college must proclaim, through its mission and programs, an active dedication to maintaining and strengthening the conservative values of its students," YAF says.
"The listed colleges offer an alternative to the liberal status quo, because they allow and encourage conservative students to explore conservative ideas and authors," said the group.
The selected schools "offer coursework and scholarship in conservative thought and emphasize principles of smaller government, strong national defense, free enterprise and traditional values."
Furthermore, the group said, "they avoid trends in academe by continuing to study Western Civilization instead of straying toward the study of Marxism, feminism, sexuality, postmodernism and other modern distractions that do not give students a complete understanding of our country, our culture, and its founding principles."
By comparison, the Princeton Review has identified the 10 most politically liberal colleges and universities. They are:
Mills College in Oakland, Calif.
Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.
New College of Florida in Sarasota, Fla.
Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass.
Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina
Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y.
Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif.
Reed College in Portland, Ore.
Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vt.
Earlham College in Richmond, Ind.
The Review says "students at these 10 schools wear their mantles of liberalism with pride." According to its "annual survey of college students, students at these schools can never veer too far left of mainstream."
Students at Bard College, the Review noted in one example, said they were "more concerned with the terrorism for which our government is responsible than the terrorism that targets the United States."
What about my Alma Mater, Michigan, in the People's Republic of Ann Arbor?
I don't always agree with Jerry Falwell, but I grew up near Lynchburg, and watching what he's done with Liberty University is pretty remarkable. Zero to 10,000+ students in 35 years (founded in 1971) and some pretty solid academic programs to boot.
What? No College of St. Thomas More? The liberals of this student population are the ones who...wait a sec. I don't know any liberals on campus!
Of course, YAF could have been looking for colleges with a student body of over fifty students.
And yes, it is accredited.
I would have thought BYU would make the Top 10. But Top-15 isn't bad.
Or mine, the University of Akron??
Fear the Roo! *snicker*
I am astonished that Evergreen State College (alma mater of Roadkill Corrie) didn't make the Top 10 list of liberal schools. The thought that there are at least ten schools that are MORE liberal that ESC boggles the mind.
Probably because not enough people know where Houghton is.
I had a former friend who went to Warren Wilson College, she left a middle of the road meat eating all-American girl, she returned a vegan, radical leftest, who could not stop lecturing about the evils of America. That is why she is a former friend.
Just an FYI,
Indiana Wesleyan has also developed really good on-line degree programs.
It was rumored that Earlham College offered a degree in casual frisbee tossing.
Listed under "honorable mention."
Haha, hey! How come we're not on the list? ;)
Things sure have changed in 25+ years.............I had seriously considered attending there.
Yes, I live in Lynchburg and Liberty University is turning out some solid citizens. Our company hires their grads every chance we get. For one thing, they already know how to wear a tie, as the dress code for males at LU requires ties.
I thought 'conservative college' was an oxymoron....
I guess I'd better not bring up my alma mater: Sam Houston Institute of Technology; good old S.H.I.T. We were always rated #2.
Wished I'd known about these conservative schools when my young one started. I do believe he'd be less liberal.
I will say though, that between UA and Kent State...UA is definitely the more conservative of the two.
I sure would love to see a list of public unversities...
Indeed. And Evergreen college should at least rate a "dishonorable mention." They chose Mumia, the death row cop killer, as their commencement speaker. That's the role model they hold up for their students.
LOL, their loss! You a tech grad, or a yooper?
I used to be stationed at K.I. Sawyer and rode with a club that took many rides up there. I probably would still live up there if there were more jobs. Retirement is not that far away though.
what about the city of evil?
I know a little about Franciscan. A priest named Fr. Michael Scanlan was sent there about 20-25 years ago to be the new president. What he found was a typical Catholic college, a college that was Catholic in name only, and where boozing and partying and fornicating were the order of the day, as on most secular campuses. So he cleaned house, instituted mandatory chapel, forbade overnight stays in dorms, cleaned up the curriculum, etc. He was under fire and a lot of students left, but when word got out that this was turning into a REAL Catholic college, it started attracting serious Catholic students and began to prosper. From being on the verge of insolvency, it became financially stable and spiritually dynamic.
I'm so proud of my hometown's, Indiana Wesleyan University!
They are growing by leaps and bounds, too!
I just got done with by BA at LU (Liberty) and all I can say is WHOOHOO, and that Dr. Falwell is awesome, and definately dedicated to Christian evangelism and spreading the Conservative cause throughout America (and the world)! Thanks- Jeremy :).
did: since about 2002-2003 (not sure, cause I didn't start to go there since Jan-03) but the dress code has since been changed and (loosened up quite a bit), but there are still people who do dress up here, and know how to (ME INCLUDED) ;D.
My niece, after spending 3 semesters at University of North Carolina - Greensboro shocked me at Thanksgiving with her calls for the DEATH of the President. Called himn a lair and a murderer.
Public education sucks, including the state-sponsored University of North Carolina system.
I live in Norfolk VA, and my daughter is going to Regent (if I have any say). My wife won't let her try for the US Naval Academy. But that's a long way off, she's only 5.
I really miss it there. I have moved a lot, but have never been 'homesick' until I left da UP.
You must be proud and relieved to know that she will be well educated and not brain washed....
Unfortunately, small pockets of flaming liberalism can be found even in snowy Houghton. My son learned that the hard way as a freshman, by attending the ELCA campus ministry congregation. The pastor looks and sounds like George Carlin. Just an old hippie. I had the personal displeasure of sitting through one of his political tirades masquerading as a sermon. One of the most active members of this congregation is the county DNC chair. My son hadn't even yet experienced his first Houghton snowfall before he refused to again set foot at this poorly-attended excuse for a congregation.
On the whole, however, agreed... MTU is still a relatively conservative place and an excellent school!
Excellent! Great company here on FR. What is he studying?
There are some pockets there, but over all it is a great place. Not too much 'in your face' type nonsense there. I was probably 'off the wall' by MTU standards when I was there, have since grown up!! ;-)
Which church does he go to? I went briefly to one on College Ave, our pastor was somewhat hippy-esque, but don't remember too much leftism from him.
No offense to your brother or sister, but making such trite statements usually shows a weak mind and horrible intellectual disposition. Hopefully when your niece gets into the real world she will have a conversion similar to David Horowitz.
As a graduate of Texas A&M University, I can attest that the student body has a strongly conservative bent. Of course, at a state school of its size (45,000 students), there is going to be the typical liberal lunacy. However, the presence of numerous conservatives on its faculty makes a difference, and having a president, Robert Gates, who served during George Bush's administration helps maintain that Right focus.
What about my Alma Mater, Michigan, in the People's Republic of Ann Arbor?
I wouldn't put MSU in the Conservative list. Isn't this the school whose Affirmative Action policies in its law school sparked a lawsuit that went all the way to the SCOTUS and proving once and for all that Sandra Day O' Connor is no conservative ?
You should see how freaked out Bay Area liberals get when I tell them that we had a student armory in the basement of each dorm hall.... :-)
My daughter enters Patrick Henry College next fall.
Excellent College. Their debating team recently won against England's Oxford University if memory serves me right...
Just out of curiosity, did you homeschool her ? This College is known for its large home schooled high school applicants.
Gosh, I made the Liberal top ten and still wound up here.
The church is on College Ave, as are several other churches I've noticed (it cracks me up to see a church, a couple of fraternity houses, then another church as one drives down the street). I'm sure this congregation has fallen victim to the overall leftwing politics of the ELCA powers-that-be. When my son tried this place out, it was in the weeks leading up to the 2004 election, when anti-George Bush fever was rampant. It is a very tiny congregation, made up of a small number of current & retired faculty. I attended there twice and only saw a handful of students either time.
I know people who graduated from Harding and they have many liberal professors. This is the college that cancelled Ann Coulter as she was too controversial. I graduated from a sister school of Harding and even though it was conservative in moral values, when I look back on the curriculum, there was no christian world view. Pepperdine is also a sister school of Harding and it's no conservative haven. I think these reviewers actually believe what the administration tells them rather than actually attending some of the classes. Just because they have chapel and a dress code does'nt make them conservative.
My sister and brother-in-law lean a little to the left as well.
My parents are lifelong Dems (holdover from FDR - Dad is a WWII vet).
I don't have political discussions with my family.
And I'll add this about Fr. Scanlon: at the time of the opening (1975, I think), he was not even an applicant for the position. But the first two candidates for PRes. withdrew their names, and the order prevailed on him to apply. At the interview with the Board of Trustees of Franciscan, Scanlon laid it out very clearly what he would do if they chose him [see your post]. They hired him. He did it. Within 3 years, even tenured faculty who were not on board with the idea had found other employment.
Can I assume Intelligent Design, or better yet, Creation Science, is on the curiculum at all these conservative institutions?