Special Report

The 20 Most Conservative Colleges in America

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5. Colorado Christian University
> Location: Lakewood, CO
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $43,486
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $39,300
> Most popular undergrad major: Business administration, management and operations

Colorado Christian University is an interdenominational Christan college located in Lakewood, just outside of Denver.

At the university, 54% of students associate themselves with the Republican Party, while just 9% associate with the Democratic Party, according to a Niche survey. The survey also found that 55% of respondents said the political beliefs of the campus as a whole were either conservative or very conservative, while just 3% said the campus was either liberal or very liberal.

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4. Brigham Young University-Provo
> Location: Provo, UT
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $18,136
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $59,700
> Most popular undergrad major: Physiology, pathology and related sciences

Brigham Young University-Provo, known as BYU, is a large private college that is “founded, supported, and guided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” making it one of a large number of religiously affiliated schools on this list.

BYU students tend to be financially well-off after graduating, as a student who is working and not enrolled in college 10 years after entering BYU has a median annual income of nearly $60,000.

3. Cedarville University
> Location: Cedarville, OH
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $38,915
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $41,300
> Most popular undergrad major: Registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research and clinical nursing

Cedarville University is a private Christian college located in Cedarville, Ohio, just east of Dayton. When it was first established in 1887, it was affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church, but it has since changed its religious affiliation to Baptist. The school’s students are among the most likely to be Repulican or conservative-leaning in the country. Roughly 85% of the student body identifies as white alone.

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2. Liberty University
> Location: Lynchburg, VA
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $38,076
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $36,700
> Most popular undergrad major: Business administration, management and operations

Liberty University was founded in 1971 as Lynchburg Baptist College by pastor Jerry Falwell Sr. Among the schools on this list, Liberty University is one of the most selective, admitting just over half of applicants.

The school has been active in politics, and has been described by the Washington Post as a “pilgrimage site for GOP candidates” and a “bastion of the Christian right.” Former Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., son of the school’s founder, was a staunch supporter of Donald Trump during his 2016 election campaign.

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1. Brigham Young University-Idaho
> Location: Rexburg, ID
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $12,223
> Typical earnings 10 yrs. after enrollment: $42,700
> Most popular undergrad major: Business administration, management and operations

BYU Idaho is the most conservative college in America, according to a Niche survey of students about their political leanings, as well as the perceived leanings of their peers. Among respondents, 53% associated with the Republican party, 23% said they were independent, and just 4% associated with the Deomcratic Party. The rest were either non-affiliated or felt affiliated with another party not mentioned.

Like many other colleges on this list, BYU Idaho is religiously affiliated, in this case with the Church of Latter Day Saints. It is one of three BYU campuses, along with the flagship school in Provo, Utah and BYU, Hawaii.