According to a 2016 survey conducted by Harvard’s Institute of Politics, young Americans are considerably more liberal than the Republican Party on most social issues and increasingly have more favorable views of socialism than of capitalism.
But while research shows college students at some of the most competitive universities are often notorious for openly identifying with politically liberal ideologies, students at many U.S. college students still widely identify as politically conservative.
That includes students at Georgia’s Berry College, recently named among the top 20 colleges with the most conservative students by the Princeton Review.
Analysts at the company collected surveys from 137,000 students at 382 schools, part of their “Best 382 Colleges” book, and ranked the schools based on student survey answers to the question, “Politically, are you far-left, Democrat, non-partisan, Republican, or far-right?”
The “Best 382” collection contains 62 different rankings, such as best quality of life, most LGBTQ-friendly, most politically conservative and more.
The analysts then created a top 20 ranking for each category, placing Georgia’s Berry College 20th on the list of colleges with the most conservative students.
- University of Dallas (Irving, Texas)
- Hillsdale College (Hillsdale, Michigan)
- Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, California)
- College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, Montana)
- Grove City College (Grove City, Pennsylvania)
- Hampden-Sydney College (Hampden-Sydney, Virginia)
- United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland)
- Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah)
- United States Military Academy (West Point, New York)
- Baylor University (Waco, Texas)
- Wheaton College (Wheaton, Illinois)
- Ohio Northern University (Ada, Ohio)
- Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas)
- University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Lafayette, Louisiana)
- Angelo State University (San Angelo, Texas)
- Wofford College (Spartanburg, South Carolina)
- Clemson University (Clemson, South Carolina)
- Kansas State University (Manhattan, Kansas)
- High Point University (High Point, North Carolina)
- Berry College (Mount Berry)
- Most religious students (No. 15)
- Most engaged in community service (No. 11)
- Most beautiful campus (No. 9)
The school also ranked 16th in the “Best 382” “Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution” ranking, which the Princeton Review identifies with views of highly conservative political persuasions, low levels of acceptance of the gay community on campus, high levels of popularity for student government on campus and a very religious student body.
Berry has been nationally recognized as the country’s No. 1 “up and coming” liberal arts college and the third best value school in the South by U.S. News & World Report.