Special Report

The 20 Most Conservative Colleges in America

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15. Maranatha Baptist University
> Location: Watertown, WI
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $25,217
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $33,000
> Most popular undergrad major: Multi-/interdisciplinary studies, general

Maranatha Baptist University is a private, liberal arts college located about 40 miles west of Milwaukee in Watertown, Wisconsin. According to the school, “All of our courses are “taught from a biblical worldview by our passionate Christian faculty.” According to a Niche survey, all respondents at the school felt the campus’ political beliefs were either conservative or very conservative. The school’s student body is 86% white.

14. Grove City College
> Location: Grove City, PA
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: N/A
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: N/A
> Most popular undergrad major: Mechanical engineering

Grove City College is a private Christian college located about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh. The institution touts itself as “a beacon of laissez-faire economic freedom,” and even took a legal dispute related to its ideology all the way up to the Supreme Court in the 1980s. In the case, the federal government threatened to withdraw student financial aid if GCC did not sign a form affirming its compliance with anti gender discrimination laws. GCC said the form “represented an attempt by the government to take control of private education.” After losing the case, GCC withdrew from the federal program.

According to the Niche survey, more than 90% of GCC students feel that the political beliefs of the campus as a whole are either conservative or very conservative. Over 91% of Grove City College students identify as white alone.

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13. Taylor University
> Location: Upland, IN
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $45,229
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $38,000
> Most popular undergrad major: Psychology, general

Taylor University is a private, Christian college in Upland, Indiana, about 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis. The majority of students agree the school’s culture is right-leaning — 75% feel the campus beliefs are either conservative or very conservative, compared to just 10% who feel it is liberal, per a Niche survey.

Taylor University has produced several Republican politicians, including Rep. Jackie Walorski from Indiana’s 2nd District, Rep. Tim Walberg from Michigan’s 7th District, and Stephen Johnson, who served as EPA Administrator under former President George W. Bush.

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12. Palm Beach Atlantic University
> Location: West Palm Beach, FL
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $45,037
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $40,600
> Most popular undergrad major: Psychology, general

At private Christian college Palm Beach Atlantic University, 72% of students feel the overall campus beliefs are either conservative or very conservative, compared to 4% who feel it is either liberal or very liberal, per a Niche survey.

Palm Beach Atlantic University has one of the highest admission rates of any school on this list as well as in the nation, as it admits more than 95% of applicants.

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11. University of North Georgia
> Location: Dahlonega, GA
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $15,666
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $41,900
> Most popular undergrad major: Business administration, management and operations

The University of North Georgia is one of the newer schools on this list. It was formed in 2013, when North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College were merged. UNG is a military school, and students must participate in its Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

Surveys have indicated that military members have tended to lean more conservative in recent years. A 2018 Military Times poll found that active duty readers were more than twice as likely to support the Republican Party than the Democratic Party. Though UNG students are not required to serve in the armed forces, they tend to have a similar conservative preference, with students in the Niche poll favoring the Republican Party over the Democratic Party by a 48%-17% margin.