Special Report

Most Conservative Colleges in America

10. Oral Roberts University
> Location: Tulsa, OK
> Undergraduate enrollment: 3,068
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $39,032
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $37,600
> Most popular undergrad major: Business administration, management and operations

Oral Roberts University is a Christian, liberal arts institution based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Though the school offers over 150 majors, Christianity is a central part of the curriculum, as the university’s stated mission is “to develop Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through whole person education to impact the world.” Former U.S. Congresswoman and Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann earned her J.D. at Oral Roberts.

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9. Oklahoma Christian University
> Location: Edmond, OK
> Undergraduate enrollment: 1,883
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $32,471
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $38,500
> Most popular undergrad major: Registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research and clinical nursing

When what is now Oklahoma Christian University opened in 1950, there were only 97 students enrolled. Today, there are nearly 2,000 undergraduates enrolled at the school, which is one of two in the state to rank among the most conservative institutions in the country.

Like most schools on this list, Oklahoma Christian has some conservative alumni who have gone on to careers in politics. They include Republicans Cliff Aldridge, a member of the Oklahoma Senate, and Dan Branch, a former member of the Texas House of Representatives.

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8. Cornerstone University
> Location: Grand Rapids, MI
> Undergraduate enrollment: 1,681
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $38,419
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $35,400
> Most popular undergrad major: Business administration, management and operations

Cornerstone University is a small private school in Grand Rapids, Michigian, with interdenominational religious affiliation. Like some other schools with religious affiliation on this list, alcohol is not permitted on the university campus, even for students of legal drinking age. One of the most conservative schools in the country, Cornerstone’s list of alumni includes Republican Reid Ribble, a former U.S. Congressman who represented Wisconsin’s 8th District.

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7. Colorado Christian University
> Location: Lakewood, CO
> Undergraduate enrollment: 4,918
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $42,276
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $39,300
> Most popular undergrad major: Registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research and clinical nursing

Colorado Christian University, located in Lakewood, Colorado, just outside of Denver, is the only evangelical higher education institution in the Rocky Mountain region. The school, in which most students identify as conservatives has reported an increase in enrollment in each of the last 10 years. Colorado Christian’s alumni include Jon Becker, a Republican and former member of the Colorado House of Representatives.

6. Franciscan University of Steubenville
> Location: Steubenville, OH
> Undergraduate enrollment: 2,071
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $36,378
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $37,700
> Most popular undergrad major: Theological and ministerial studies

Franciscan University of Steubenville is a private school in Steubenville, Ohio that is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The institution was founded in 1946 by Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular. Not especially diverse, over 80% of the student body identifies as white. The school’s notable alumni include both Princess Alexandra and Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg.