Special Report

The 20 Most Liberal Colleges in America

Methodology

To determine the most liberal colleges in America, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from education data clearinghouse Niche’s “2021 Most Liberal Colleges in America” list. Niche’s ranking is based on student surveys about both personal political leanings as well as opinions about the political leanings of other students.

Data on undergraduate enrollment came from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and is for fall 2019. Data on the median earnings of individuals who entered university in the 2004-05 academic year and were employed 10 years later also came from IPEDS as is data on the average annual cost of attendance for the 2017-18 school year. Data on the popularity of undergraduate majors is based on IPEDS data on the number of federal loan borrowers who graduated with a degree in that major in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.

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