10 Most Conservative Colleges in the U.S.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Liberal bias in higher education has been a longstanding accusation by people on the right going back to William F. Buckley's 1951 book, God and Man at Yale

University of British Columbia sociologist Neil Gross' book, Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care, provides a lot of data suggesting that the liberal bias in higher education is in fact real.

According to the book, American professors are three times more likely to be liberal than the average American with an estimated 50% of college professors identifying as liberal, though just 8-9% of professors in the country can be described as "far left" or "radical". Meanwhile, economic conservatives represent about 4% of academia and 23% of professors are pro-military and social conservatives.

Democrats outnumber Republicans 4 to 1 in the college professor ranks, according to Gross, and 6 to 1 at the country's elite universities.

There are numerous theories as to why there is such a lack of parity when it comes to the political leanings of college professors in this country, but there are options in the country for conservative students who would like to study under like-minded individuals.

This is a list of the 10 most conservative universities in the country as ranked by Niche.com, based on 73,601 opinion-based survey responses about politics, from 49,093 current students and recent alumni. The rankings are based on students self-identifying their political leanings and judging their perception of their campuses' political atmosphere.


 

10. Utah State University (Logan, UT)


Undergrad Enrollment: 24,385
In State Tuition: $6,384
Acceptance Rate: 98.47%

This public research university was founded in 1888 and has eight colleges that offer a total of 176 college degrees, 97 masters degrees and 38 doctoral degrees. The university is ranked 194 in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

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9. Oral Roberts University (Tulsa, OK)


Undergrad Enrollment: 2,884
In State Tuition: $23,410
Acceptance Rate: 43.54%

Oral Roberts University was founded by the Methodist-Pentecostal televangelist Oral Roberts in 1963. It is ranked as one of the 100 best overall universities in the Western Region by both the Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report which has it tied for 46 in its rankings.

8. Bob Jones University (Greenville, SC)


Undergrad Enrollment: 3,000
In State Tuition: $6,785
Acceptance Rate:
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The college consists of seven schools offering over 60 undergraduate majors, including a school to train ministerial students. The school, which had initially fought accreditation since its inception due to what its founder viewed as an atheistic slant to the politics of the review board, relented on that stance in 2004 and obtained accreditation in 2005.


7. Biola University (La Mirada, CA)


Undergrad Enrollment: 4,353
In State Tuition: $33,322
Acceptance Rate: 
74.66%

Biola University was founded in 1908 and named after the moniker Bible Institute of Los Angeles. The school offers 40 undergraduate majors that are integrated with Evangelical Christian doctrine. The college is ranked 161 nationally by U.S. News and World Report.

6. Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA)


Undergrad Enrollment: 47,460
In State Tuition: $21,706 
Acceptance Rate: 
21.2%

The university was founded by firebrand Baptist minister Jerry Falwell in 1971 and offers students 148 undergraduate programs, 87 graduate programs and 11 doctoral programs. The college is ranked 80 in the Southern region by U.S. News and World Report.

5. University of Northwestern - St. Paul (St. Paul, MN)


Undergrad Enrollment: 
1,737
In State Tuition: 
$28,676
Acceptance Rate: 
58.68%

The University of Northwestern-St Paul is a private conservative Evangelical Christian College founded in 1902 by Dr. William Bell Riley, a pastor in Minneapolis. The college offers 55 bachelors degrees and five master's degrees. It is ranked 10 in Midwest regional colleges by the U.S. News and World Report.

4. Brigham Young University - Utah (Provo, UT)


Undergrad Enrollment: 27,765
In State Tuition: $5,000
Acceptance Rate: 48.65%

BYU is operated by the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is the largest religious university, and one of the largest private universities, in the country. The average GPA of the students it accepted for the fall 2013 semester was 3.82 and is ranked 62 nationally among universities.

3. Cedarville University (Cedarville, OH)


Undergrad Enrollment: 3,238
In State Tuition: $26,400
Acceptance Rate: 74.01%

Chartered by the state of Ohio in 1887, Cedarville University offers 73 undergraduate degree programs, and is staffed by 197 professors who all claim the Christian faith. U.S. News and World Report ranks it sixth in Midwest regional colleges that offer less than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines.

2. Franciscan University of Steubenville (Steubenville, OH)


Undergrad Enrollment: 2,112
In State Tuition:$23,930
Acceptance Rate: 76.07%

Franciscan University of Steubenville was founded in 1946 by the Franciscan of the Third Order Regular and offers 41 undergrad majors and seven graduate degree programs. The school is ranked 30 in regional Midwest universities.

1. Brigham Young University-Idaho (Rexburg, ID)


Undergrad Enrollment: 18,110
In State Tuition: $3,850
Acceptance Rate: 99.63%

Brigham Young University-Idaho is a private university founded in 1888 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Students at the university are expected to follow the schools honor code which addresses students' dress and grooming practices as well as prohibits participating in premarital sex. The university is ranked 11 in West regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report.

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