Top Conservative Colleges

Young America’s Foundation Top Conservative College List

Young America’s Foundation is pleased to release the “Top Conservative College” list in response to the frequently asked question by parents and students of which schools we recommend to those seeking conservative colleges.  

Introduction

A wide variety of rankings exist for the market of American colleges and universities.  Each year, U.S. News & World Report releases its “America’s Best Colleges” edition.  The magazine grades each institution based on factors including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, and student selectivity.  Yet, U.S. News does not rank the overall experience that colleges offer.  That is why Young America’s Foundation presents the following list of institutions that offer a conservative experience for students.  Young America’s Foundation deemed these institutions the best, and they are listed in alphabetical order.

The “Top Conservative College” list features institutions that proclaim, through their mission and programs, a dedication to discovering, maintaining, and strengthening the conservative values of their students. 

Many conservative students seek alternatives in higher education, but they may not be fully aware of institutions that fit these criteria.  The “Top Conservative College” list features institutions that proclaim, through their mission and programs, a dedication to discovering, maintaining, and strengthening the conservative values of their students. 

These colleges offer an alternative to the liberal status quo, because they allow and encourage conservative students to explore conservative ideas and authors.  They offer coursework and scholarship in conservative thought and emphasize principles including smaller government, strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.  Furthermore, they avoid trends in academe by continuing to study Western Civilization instead of straying toward the study of Marxism, feminism, sexuality, postmodernism, and other distractions that do not give students a complete understanding of our country, our culture, and its founding principles. 

Young America’s Foundation highly recommends service academies such as West Point and Annapolis for people interested in serving their country and receiving a top-notch education.  However, these schools do not appear on our list.  They are not liberal arts colleges but rather military colleges that follow a training model for future officers.  There is nothing more honorable than serving our country, and we strongly encourage qualified students to consider this option. 

This is not an exhaustive list of conservative institutions and should not be taken as such.  Nor should it be the only source consulted in a college search.  Young America’s Foundation recommends that this list serve as a starting point.  Parents and students should seek several information sources, read admissions materials thoroughly, consult with friends and counselors, and make visits.  Additionally, Young America’s Foundation is not a college rating organization; we decided to publish this list to help address a frequently asked question. 

These colleges offer ROTC programs on campus or at neighboring schools:  College of the Ozarks, Franciscan University, Grove City College, Liberty University, Patrick Henry College, Regent University, Saint Vincent College, and Wisconsin Lutheran College.  Please contact those schools directly for details.   

If you would like to recommend other colleges for this list, please contact us.  For more information, please contact the listed colleges, or call Young America’s Foundation at 1-800-USA-1776.

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