Special Report

Most Conservative Colleges in America

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20. Ouachita Baptist University
> Location: Arkadelphia, AR
> Undergraduate enrollment: 1,513
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $35,685
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $41,200
> Most popular undergrad major: Biology

Ouachita Baptist University is a small liberal arts college in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, about 70 miles southwest of downtown Little Rock. Current and former Ouachita Baptist students are among the most likely in the United States to identify as politically conservative and also characterize their fellow students as conservative.

There is no greek life on campus, and like many schools on this list, Ouachita Baptist has a religious affiliation — Arkansas Baptist State Convention. In its mission statement, the school describes itself as a “Christ-centered learning community.”

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19. North Greenville University
> Location: Tigerville, SC
> Undergraduate enrollment: 2,167
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $32,562
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $34,400
> Most popular undergrad major: Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities

North Greenville University is a small private school covering about 330 acres in Tigerville, South Carolina, about 18 miles north of Greenville. Affiliated with the Southern Baptist church, religion is a cornerstone of the educational experience at the university as being Christ-centered and biblically faithful are among the school’s core values. Alcohol is not permitted on the North Greenville campus, even for students of legal drinking age.

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18. Anderson University
> Location: Anderson, SC
> Undergraduate enrollment: 2,776
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $40,115
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $35,200
> Most popular undergrad major: Registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research and clinical nursing

Anderson University, a small liberal arts school in western South Carolina, is one of three institutions on this list located in the state. Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, AU describes itself as a “Christ-centered” institution, and lists a commitment to a Chritian community among its core values. The student body is predominantly white, and only about 5% black and 3% hispanic. Thomas Alexander, a Republican member of the South Carolina Senate, is among the school’s notable alumni.

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17. Evangel University
> Location: Springfield, MO
> Undergraduate enrollment: 1,627
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $34,771
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $35,800
> Most popular undergrad major: Business administration, management and operations

Evangel University is a small, private, liberal arts school in Springfield, Missouri. Affiliated with the Assemblies of God Church, Evangel University tailors the education it offers to those who want to combine their Christain faith with all facets of their life. Former Republican Congressman Todd Tiahrt is among the school’s notable alumni.

Among students receiving financial aid from the federal government, business administration, management and operations is the most popular major, followed by teacher education.

16. Samford University
> Location: Birmingham, AL
> Undergraduate enrollment: 3,364
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $44,896
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $49,900
> Most popular undergrad major: Registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research and clinical nursing

Samford University is a private school founded in the Baptist tradition. The school’s student body is predominantly white and only about 6% black and 3% hispanic.

The school also has a large graduate school population, and notable alumni include dozens of Congress members, eight state governors, and two Supreme Court justices. Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law alumni include several Republican lawmakers currently serving on Capitol Hill, including Florida Rep. Charlie Crist and Alabama Rep. Robert Aderholt.