Special Report

Most Conservative Colleges in America

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15. Southwestern Assemblies of God University
> Location: Waxahachie, TX
> Undergraduate enrollment: 1,730
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $33,709
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $35,700
> Most popular undergrad major: Pastoral counseling and specialized ministries

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a small, private, Christian university in Waxahachie, Texas, about 30 miles south of Dallas. The school’s academic programs focus on both theological and professional studies. Among students receiving federal scholarships, pastoral counseling and specialized ministries is the most popular major, followed by religious education. The school’s alumni include former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, Gary Elkins, and the late conservaive talk radio pioneer Marlin Maddoux.

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14. Maranatha Baptist University
> Location: Watertown, WI
> Undergraduate enrollment: 686
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $24,832
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $33,000
> Most popular undergrad major: Multi-/interdisciplinary studies

Maranatha Baptist University is a small private school in Watertown, Wisconsin, about 50 miles west of Milwaukee. Like a majority of the other most conservative colleges and universities in the United States, Maranatha Baptist’s curriculum has a heavy emphasis on religion. The school’s mission is to equip graduates to “serve God with competence in a church and in their chosen vocation.”

The school offers both Army and Air Force ROTC programs. Notable alumni include former Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives Daniel Davis.

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13. LeTourneau University
> Location: Longview, TX
> Undergraduate enrollment: 1,802
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $41,598
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $48,200
> Most popular undergrad major: Business administration, management and operations

LeTourneau University is a small Longview, Texas-based school with fewer than 2,000 undergraduates that bills itself as a Christian polytechnic university. The school was founded in 1946 as a male only institution by its namesake, businessman and devout Christian, R.G. LeTourneau. The school became co-ed in 1961 and now ranks among the most conservative universities in the country.

Former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives Patricia Harless is among LeTourneau University’s alumni.

12. Biola University
> Location: La Mirada, CA
> Undergraduate enrollment: 4,039
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $51,154
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $44,500
> Most popular undergrad major: Psychology

Biola University, a private evangelical Christian school located in La Miranda, about 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles, is the only California based institution to rank on this list. All students and staff are professing Christians, and the school’s curriculum is intentionally “biblically centered.” The school’s alumni include John Thune, a Republican senator representing South Dakota.

11. Utah State University
> Location: Logan, UT
> Undergraduate enrollment: 21,473
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $17,671
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $43,200
> Most popular undergrad major: Communication disorders sciences and services

Unlike most schools on this list, Utah State University is relatively large, with an undergraduate population of more than 21,000. Utah State also stands out in that it is a public school with no official religious affiliation.

Based on surveys of current and former students, the school ranks among the most conservative in the country. Though the school has a number of notable conservative alumni — including Mike Simpson, an 11-term Republican congressman representing Idaho’s 2nd District, as well as two sons of former Republican President Gerald Ford — it also counts one prominent Democrat, Senate majority leader Harry Reid, among its alumni.