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Most conservative public colleges in America

Higher education has a reputation for being liberal. From professors to student clubs to prominent speakers invited to campus, many conservatives claim that bastions of higher education are inhospitable to them and their political beliefs. This can complicate the application process for conservative students, as they perceive a narrower pool of colleges and universities to choose from than those who ascribe to more liberal views.

In actuality, conservatives looking for a public college campus hospitable to their beliefs have several options. Many of these colleges are in solidly red states like Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Mississippi, but purple states like Virginia and Pennsylvania have their share of conservative colleges, too.

The type of conservatism on campus is far from uniform. Some schools skew conservative socially, often because of a strong religious bent on campus that comes from the surrounding community—particularly in Mormon-heavy Utah. Other schools have a reputation for being conservative in foreign or financial policy or on other issues. And some schools in the South have symbols of the confederate era lingering on campus that make it hard to shed their conservative reputations.

Stacker examined the nation's colleges and universities and compiled a list of the 50 most conservative public colleges in the United States. For this list, we consulted the research website Niche, which ranked schools' conservatism based on students' reviews of the schools' campus communities. These reviews weigh the political leanings of the reviewer if the reviewer attends or has attended the school and the reviewer's opinion of it. Details on Niche's methodology explain the site's rankings, and survey data are accurate as of 2019.

Read on to see if your college or university ranks among the most conservative in the nation.

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#50. University of Wisconsin–River Falls

- Location: River Falls, WI
- Students: 5,014
- Acceptance rate: 75%
- Graduation rate: 53%
- Faculty ratio: 21:1
- In-state Tuition: $8,013
- Out-of-state tuition: $15,586
- Six-year median earnings: $40,900

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls recently had an incident in which a conservative group was asked to leave campus grounds because they were violating school policy. The policy in question? The right to “free speech”—which many conservative groups have adopted as a guise under which anything may be said, so long as the speaker is holding onto a beach ball, which has become a symbol for the absolute right to say anything.

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#49. University of Tennessee–Chattanooga

- Location: Chattanooga, TN
- Students: 8,962
- Acceptance rate: 83%
- Graduation rate: 45%
- Faculty ratio: 19:1
- In-state Tuition: $8,664
- Out-of-state tuition: $24,782
- Six-year median earnings: $38,100

UTC students tend to skew conservative, with many attending church services and holding conservative fiscal, social, and political beliefs. Locals highlight, however, that political divides are friendlier and more polite than they are elsewhere in the country, with residents often “agreeing to disagree.”

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#48. Rogers State University

- Location: Claremore, OK
- Students: 2,178
- Acceptance rate: 100%
- Graduation rate: 17%
- Faculty ratio: 19:1
- In-state Tuition: $6,870
- Out-of-state tuition: $15,210
- Six-year median earnings: $34,000

The right to bear arms is a hallmark of the conservative movement in America, and Rogers State University students support that in the extreme. The school’s student government association even voted to allow concealed weapons to be carried on its campus.

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#47. Mississippi State University

- Location: Starkville, MS
- Students: 16,803
- Acceptance rate: 62%
- Graduation rate: 58%
- Faculty ratio: 20:1
- In-state Tuition: $8,318
- Out-of-state tuition: $22,358
- Six-year median earnings: $40,200

Mississippi State University students tend to be ideologically conservative and push back when their views aren’t favored by campus administrators and professors. A recent outcry arose over a professor’s alleged penalization of students who disagreed with the instructor’s liberal views, which they perceived as biased.

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#46. Delta State University

- Location: Cleveland, MS
- Students: 2,198
- Acceptance rate: 87%
- Graduation rate: 40%
- Faculty ratio: 13:1
- In-state Tuition: $6,739
- Out-of-state tuition: $6,739
- Six-year median earnings: $33,700

A recent rule at Delta State University stipulates that students can be punished for expressing views that may distress others. Conservatives in the community have been incensed over the new rules and have even organized events protesting it.

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#45. Lock Haven University

- Location: Lock Haven, PA
- Students: 3,176
- Acceptance rate: 89%
- Graduation rate: 55%
- Faculty ratio: 17:1
- In-state Tuition: $10,576
- Out-of-state tuition: $20,056
- Six-year median earnings: $41,500

Lock Haven University’s most famous conservative bona fide? A new course started by a sociology professor—“Culture and Society in the Age of Trump”—in response to conservative students who said they wished they had a place to openly share their views on the president.

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#44. The University of Alabama in Huntsville

- Location: Huntsville, AL
- Students: 5,903
- Acceptance rate: 81%
- Graduation rate: 49%
- Faculty ratio: 16:1
- In-state Tuition: $10,280
- Out-of-state tuition: $21,480
- Six-year median earnings: $46,700

Huntsville is a largely conservative town, and this also holds true of its college students. Many businesses are closed on Sundays as much of the population attends church, with a large ex-military population putting a further conservative skew on the tenor of the town.

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#43. Northwest Missouri State University

- Location: Maryville, MO
- Students: 4,806
- Acceptance rate: 74%
- Graduation rate: 50%
- Faculty ratio: 21:1
- In-state Tuition: $7,657
- Out-of-state tuition: $12,908
- Six-year median earnings: $40,000

Northwest Missouri State University has several notable conservative alumni. Among these is John Quinn, a member of the Missouri House of Representatives for eight years.

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#42. Clemson University

- Location: Clemson, SC
- Students: 18,642
- Acceptance rate: 47%
- Graduation rate: 82%
- Faculty ratio: 16:1
- In-state Tuition: $15,116
- Out-of-state tuition: $36,058
- Six-year median earnings: $52,400

Christian fundamentalism is associated with Clemson to the extent that even the football coach has been accused of indoctrinating students. This translates into a conservative political atmosphere on campus. Some students say the student body is getting more diverse, but for now, it skews largely white and religious.

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#41. University of Minnesota–Crookston

- Location: Crookston, MN
- Students: 1,195
- Acceptance rate: 69%
- Graduation rate: 54%
- Faculty ratio: 16:1
- In-state Tuition: $11,814
- Out-of-state tuition: $11,814
- Six-year median earnings: $44,800

The University of Minnesota - Crookston is such a conservative mainstay in the community that conservative politicians have held forums there to vie for local votes. Candidates have used such events to argue with each other about who could provide the lowest taxes, and how.

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#40. University of Texas–Tyler

- Location: Tyler, TX
- Students: 4,842
- Acceptance rate: 65%
- Graduation rate: 42%
- Faculty ratio: 19:1
- In-state Tuition: $7,822
- Out-of-state tuition: $20,872
- Six-year median earnings: $44,200

The conservative University of Texas-Tyler keeps tabs on its conservative home state of Texas. The university conducts polls surveying political opinions in the state, which regularly find a majority of the state self-identifying as conservative or “very conservative.”

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#39. University of North Alabama

- Location: Florence, AL
- Students: 5,141
- Acceptance rate: 70%
- Graduation rate: 45%
- Faculty ratio: 18:1
- In-state Tuition: $8,480
- Out-of-state tuition: $15,128
- Six-year median earnings: $37,800

The University of North Alabama has a deeply conservative history. In 1963, after the state of Alabama desegregated, the man who would ultimately become the university’s first black student had to sue the university for admission, given that the university initially refused to comply with the law and allow him on campus.

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#38. The University of Alabama

- Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
- Students: 29,923
- Acceptance rate: 53%
- Graduation rate: 68%
- Faculty ratio: 23:1
- In-state Tuition: $10,780
- Out-of-state tuition: $28,100
- Six-year median earnings: $44,500

University of Alabama students describe their school as relatively conservative. Many also note the focus of their education revolving around doing good in the world as opposed to purely focusing on making money, which students describe as refreshing and inspiring.

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#37. Ferris State University

- Location: Big Rapids, MI
- Students: 8,469
- Acceptance rate: 74%
- Graduation rate: 45%
- Faculty ratio: 16:1
- In-state Tuition: $11,788
- Out-of-state tuition: $11,788
- Six-year median earnings: $44,500

A conservative Ferris State University student has landed at the center of a controversy swirling around the 2020 presidential election. The student claims that a conservative lobbying group recruited him to smear the liberal candidate Pete Buttigieg by falsely claiming that Buttigieg sexually assaulted him.

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#36. University of Wyoming

- Location: Laramie, WY
- Students: 8,281
- Acceptance rate: 97%
- Graduation rate: 58%
- Faculty ratio: 15:1
- In-state Tuition: $5,217
- Out-of-state tuition: $16,827
- Six-year median earnings: $47,300

Wyoming is a conservative state, so perhaps it’s no surprise that most its students identify as conservative, too. Many on campus are described as “very conservative.” However, students note that those who don’t identify as such are more likely to describe themselves as the exact opposite, even though they are moderates.

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#35. Oklahoma State University

- Location: Stillwater, OK
- Students: 18,221
- Acceptance rate: 74%
- Graduation rate: 62%
- Faculty ratio: 20:1
- In-state Tuition: $8,738
- Out-of-state tuition: $23,776
- Six-year median earnings: $46,500

Oklahoma State University is a land grant university. Many students attending the school have been raised in conservative families and bring these views onto campus. Students have said that those who identify as liberal may not feel comfortable on campus.

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#34. University of Maine at Augusta

- Location: Augusta, ME
- Students: 1,317
- Acceptance rate: 100%
- Graduation rate: 17%
- Faculty ratio: 15:1
- In-state Tuition: $7,808
- Out-of-state tuition: $17,498
- Six-year median earnings: $27,700

University of Maine at Augusta students have weighed in on the conservative side of one of the most recent culture wars. Student members of the university's Republican club have thanked the mayor of Waterville for arguing that the former Columbus Day should still recognize the explorer, instead of being called by its new name: Indigenous People’s Day.

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#33. Texas A&M University

- Location: College Station, TX
- Students: 46,724
- Acceptance rate: 71%
- Graduation rate: 82%
- Faculty ratio: 21:1
- In-state Tuition: $11,234
- Out-of-state tuition: $36,606
- Six-year median earnings: $58,000

Texas A&M students describe themselves as conservative, with Trump stickers popping up on laptops and the back of pickup trucks cruising campus. Trump administration official Rick Perry is one of the university’s most famous alums.

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#32. California University of Pennsylvania

- Location: California, PA
- Students: 4,534
- Acceptance rate: 96%
- Graduation rate: 52%
- Faculty ratio: 20:1
- In-state Tuition: $10,840
- Out-of-state tuition: $15,326
- Six-year median earnings: $41,600

In a decidedly purple state, far more students identify as Republicans on campus than with any other ideology. Thirty-six percent of the student body identifies as Republicans, significantly more than the next highest identification of 24% with Democrats.

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#31. Florida Gulf Coast University

- Location: Fort Myers, FL
- Students: 10,973
- Acceptance rate: 64%
- Graduation rate: 48%
- Faculty ratio: 22:1
- In-state Tuition: $6,318
- Out-of-state tuition: $25,292
- Six-year median earnings: $42,100

One Florida Gulf Coast University professor has recently come into the spotlight for his comments on ultra-conservative students on his campus. The professor was quoted as saying some ultra-right-wing students were white supremacists and comparing them to Nazis.

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#30. Oregon Institute of Technology

- Location: Klamath Falls, OR
- Students: 2,284
- Acceptance rate: 61%
- Graduation rate: 45%
- Faculty ratio: 15:1
- In-state Tuition: $9,982
- Out-of-state tuition: $28,367
- Six-year median earnings: $56,600

Many students at the Oregon Institute of Technology describe the town and university as conservative. Some students say the relatively small size of the town and its homogenous nature contribute to the conservative atmosphere.

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#29. Arkansas State University

- Location: Jonesboro, AR
- Students: 6,894
- Acceptance rate: 66%
- Graduation rate: 48%
- Faculty ratio: 17:1
- In-state Tuition: $8,478
- Out-of-state tuition: $14,778
- Six-year median earnings: $32,200

One of Arkansas State’s credentials as a highly conservative school is the fact that one of its campuses is located in a town—Bebee—that has been ranked by RoadSnacks as one of the most conservative towns in the overall red state of Arkansas.

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#28. Western New Mexico University

- Location: Silver City, NM
- Students: 1,266
- Acceptance rate: 100%
- Graduation rate: 27%
- Faculty ratio: 15:1
- In-state Tuition: $6,066
- Out-of-state tuition: $13,539
- Six-year median earnings: $30,900

Western New Mexico University is conservative enough that politics makes its way into parties on campus. At welcome-back bashes before the start of the school year, the Republican party sets up a booth alongside such campus mainstays as student health services.

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#27. Virginia Military Institute

- Location: Lexington, VA
- Students: 1,722
- Acceptance rate: 53%
- Graduation rate: 77%
- Faculty ratio: 11:1
- In-state Tuition: $27,650
- Out-of-state tuition: $53,338
- Six-year median earnings: $65,700

The Virginia Military Institute has recently waded into one of the most hot-button political issues facing the nation. The school has said that it will allow statues of Confederate leaders to remain on campus, despite the turmoil these statues have caused in the state and throughout the country.

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#26. University of Arkansas

- Location: Fayetteville, AR
- Students: 20,464
- Acceptance rate: 66%
- Graduation rate: 62%
- Faculty ratio: 18:1
- In-state Tuition: $9,062
- Out-of-state tuition: $24,308
- Six-year median earnings: $44,900

Political opinions are so pronounced on this campus they spill over into Greek life. Students have hotly debated which sororities and fraternities are the most liberal and conservative and ranked their personal preferences accordingly.

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#25. Auburn University

- Location: Auburn, AL
- Students: 21,762
- Acceptance rate: 84%
- Graduation rate: 77%
- Faculty ratio: 19:1
- In-state Tuition: $10,968
- Out-of-state tuition: $29,640
- Six-year median earnings: $48,800

Students at Auburn University have said that their campus is largely conservative, and that liberals may not feel at home on campus. Some students attribute this in part to the school’s location right in the middle of Alabama, which is a highly conservative state.

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#24. Louisiana Tech University

- Location: Ruston, LA
- Students: 8,090
- Acceptance rate: 65%
- Graduation rate: 53%
- Faculty ratio: 25:1
- In-state Tuition: $9,861
- Out-of-state tuition: $18,774
- Six-year median earnings: $41,500

Louisiana Tech University’s conservative culture extends to its social life. The school has been called one of the “worst party schools” in the country for the absence of alcohol on campus or frank conversations about sex, due to its heavily Christian student body.

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#23. Cameron University

- Location: Lawton, OK
- Students: 2,814
- Acceptance rate: 100%
- Graduation rate: 18%
- Faculty ratio: 20:1
- In-state Tuition: $6,180
- Out-of-state tuition: $15,510
- Six-year median earnings: $34,300

Cameron University has a history of conservative stances. Back in the 1980s, a professor made news for inciting a debate about the arms race at the height of the Cold War, just at the time many in the United States were looking for a less hawkish perspective on the overseas conflict.

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#22. Idaho State University

- Location: Pocatello, ID
- Students: 6,279
- Acceptance rate: 100%
- Graduation rate: 30%
- Faculty ratio: 14:1
- In-state Tuition: $7,166
- Out-of-state tuition: $21,942
- Six-year median earnings: $35,700

Idaho State University is so conservative that even students from conservative Middle Eastern countries find the adjustment difficult. These overseas students have made up a disproportionate number of students in recent years and have been surprised by the restrictions on drinking and partying in the heavily Mormon town.

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#21. Radford University

- Location: Radford, VA
- Students: 8,049
- Acceptance rate: 74%
- Graduation rate: 55%
- Faculty ratio: 16:1
- In-state Tuition: $10,627
- Out-of-state tuition: $22,709
- Six-year median earnings: $43,000

Radford University is so conservative that even Republican political commentator Anna Navarro wasn’t conservative enough for the student body. When she came to speak with two liberal journalists, students said they felt let down that the conservative representing their views wasn’t quite conservative enough.

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#20. Dakota State University

- Location: Madison, SD
- Students: 1,397
- Acceptance rate: 84%
- Graduation rate: 36%
- Faculty ratio: 17:1
- In-state Tuition: $9,147
- Out-of-state tuition: $12,077
- Six-year median earnings: $38,700

If the South Dakota legislature has anything to say about it, this conservative campus will only grow more so. Legislators have taken issue with campus diversity officers, who they claim exclude conservative viewpoints from diversity.

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#19. East Tennessee State University

- Location: Johnson City, TN
- Students: 9,641
- Acceptance rate: 85%
- Graduation rate: 41%
- Faculty ratio: 16:1
- In-state Tuition: $9,015
- Out-of-state tuition: $27,693
- Six-year median earnings: $35,100

East Tennessee State University was conservative enough for President Donald Trump to choose it recently as a destination for a rally. The school’s Conservative Coalition came out in force, saying that they were excited to attend to educate themselves on the issues and show their support.

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#18. Midwestern State University

- Location: Wichita Falls, TX
- Students: 4,199
- Acceptance rate: 81%
- Graduation rate: 45%
- Faculty ratio: 18:1
- In-state Tuition: $9,601
- Out-of-state tuition: $11,551
- Six-year median earnings: $41,100

When President Trump signed an executive order banning travel from several Middle Eastern countries, some Midwestern State students on campus rallied to show their support for the Muslim community. But many disagreed with the protestors, protesting their rally, and sharing their support for the controversial order.

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#17. Purdue University Fort Wayne

- Location: Fort Wayne, IN
- Students: 5,913
- Acceptance rate: 94%
- Graduation rate: 32%
- Faculty ratio: 14:1
- In-state Tuition: $8,330
- Out-of-state tuition: $20,005
- Six-year median earnings: $36,500

One of Purdue University Fort Wayne’s most notable alumni is Mark Souder. The conservative Republican was in the Indiana House of Representatives for over 15 years, where he helped pass several conservative bills.

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#16. West Texas A&M University

- Location: Canyon, TX
- Students: 5,615
- Acceptance rate: 61%
- Graduation rate: 41%
- Faculty ratio: 20:1
- In-state Tuition: $7,846
- Out-of-state tuition: $9,117
- Six-year median earnings: $42,700

The Texas A&M system is known to be the most conservative university system in traditionally conservative Texas. West Texas A&M is no exception, with a robust Young Republicans organization and only a small percentage of students describing themselves as liberal.

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#15. South Dakota State University

- Location: Brookings, SD
- Students: 8,425
- Acceptance rate: 91%
- Graduation rate: 55%
- Faculty ratio: 17:1
- In-state Tuition: $8,441
- Out-of-state tuition: $11,689
- Six-year median earnings: $44,400

South Dakota State University has a reputation for being particularly socially conservative. Many students settle early in life into traditional family structures, focusing on starting families young and staying in their home state.

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#14. South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

- Location: Rapid City, SD
- Students: 1,997
- Acceptance rate: 83%
- Graduation rate: 51%
- Faculty ratio: 15:1
- In-state Tuition: $10,560
- Out-of-state tuition: $14,820
- Six-year median earnings: $56,500

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has a reputation for being particularly conservative even within an already conservative state. The school is known for its religious conservatism, with a fair number of libertarians as well, students say.

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#13. Weber State University

- Location: Ogden, UT
- Students: 11,311
- Acceptance rate: 100%
- Graduation rate: 33%
- Faculty ratio: 21:1
- In-state Tuition: $4,892
- Out-of-state tuition: $14,679
- Six-year median earnings: $44,500

Weber State University’s Mormon orientation explains its conservative bona fides. The campus adheres to a Mormon lifestyle that eschews alcohol and many other elements of what many consider a classic college education in America.

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#12. Montana Technological University

- Location: Butte, MT
- Students: 1,529
- Acceptance rate: 92%
- Graduation rate: 41%
- Faculty ratio: 14:1
- In-state Tuition: $7,125
- Out-of-state tuition: $21,956
- Six-year median earnings: $41,700

Montana Technological University has produced some of the world’s leading geologists, but that didn’t stop the conservative school from asking a controversial scholar with questionable scientific credentials to speak. Greg Gianforte is a conservative billionaire who promotes creationism and believes the Earth is 6,000 years old. Gianforte was asked to speak at commencement.

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#11. Troy University

- Location: Troy, AL
- Students: 9,491
- Acceptance rate: 88%
- Graduation rate: 39%
- Faculty ratio: 14:1
- In-state Tuition: $8,692
- Out-of-state tuition: $16,276
- Six-year median earnings: $37,000

Even current Troy students happy with their experiences on campus say that the atmosphere lacks diversity. Students say that the university is predominantly white and that almost everyone is conservative. Niche reports the racial diversity at Troy as 32% African American and 51% white, with small percentages of Hispanic, Asian, international, multiracial, and Native American students.

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#10. Clarion University of Pennsylvania

- Location: Clarion, PA
- Students: 3,483
- Acceptance rate: 95%
- Graduation rate: 50%
- Faculty ratio: 18:1
- In-state Tuition: $10,890
- Out-of-state tuition: $15,636
- Six-year median earnings: $37,900

At the 2016 Republican National Convention, Clarion had more students attending than any other university in the nation. Part of the #1 ranking was because of a popular course that allowed students to attend.

[Pictured: A street view of downtown Clarion, Penn.]

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#9. Tarleton State University

- Location: Stephenville, TX
- Students: 8,429
- Acceptance rate: 50%
- Graduation rate: 46%
- Faculty ratio: 19:1
- In-state Tuition: $7,367
- Out-of-state tuition: $17,111
- Six-year median earnings: $42,500

Tarleton is known to be one of the most conservative schools in the country. Nonetheless, students say conservatives on campus are open to other viewpoints—which is not always the case on campuses dominated by any political persuasion.

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#8. Wayne State College

- Location: Wayne, NE
- Students: 2,404
- Acceptance rate: 100%
- Graduation rate: 51%
- Faculty ratio: 18:1
- In-state Tuition: $5,445
- Out-of-state tuition: $10,890
- Six-year median earnings: $36,100

Some professors at the famously conservative Wayne State College are speaking out against what they see as an overblown conservative fear of free speech being stifled. One English professor at the university called the crisis “manufactured” and said students had the right to protest as they liked.

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#7. Pittsburg State University

- Location: Pittsburg, KS
- Students: 5,109
- Acceptance rate: 87%
- Graduation rate: 47%
- Faculty ratio: 18:1
- In-state Tuition: $7,100
- Out-of-state tuition: $18,152
- Six-year median earnings: $39,400

Pittsburg State University’s conservatism extends to what it believes should be allowed in its campus publications. School administrators once famously destroyed 2,000 copies of the student newspaper for reporting on a sexual assault at a fraternity house.

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#6. Southern Utah University

- Location: Cedar City, UT
- Students: 6,279
- Acceptance rate: 76%
- Graduation rate: 47%
- Faculty ratio: 19:1
- In-state Tuition: $6,676
- Out-of-state tuition: $20,288
- Six-year median earnings: $39,800

Because of the heavily Mormon population, students say that life is very conservative at Southern Utah University. Students who don’t adhere to a Mormon lifestyle have reported it difficult to find a community and niche.

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#5. University of North Georgia

- Location: Dahlonega, GA
- Students: 12,712
- Acceptance rate: 78%
- Graduation rate: 29%
- Faculty ratio: 19:1
- In-state Tuition: $5,569
- Out-of-state tuition: $19,657
- Six-year median earnings: $41,900

It’s reportedly difficult being a liberal at the University of North Georgia. A liberal English professor was recently put on a conservative watch list. His offense? Opposing a campus carry bill that would have allowed firearms on campus.

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#4. University of Tennessee–Martin

- Location: Martin, TN
- Students: 4,950
- Acceptance rate: 62%
- Graduation rate: 50%
- Faculty ratio: 15:1
- In-state Tuition: $9,236
- Out-of-state tuition: $14,996
- Six-year median earnings: $36,200

The University of Tennessee–Martin is much more conservative than it is liberal or moderate. Forty-seven percent of students described themselves as Republicans, compared to only 21% as Democrats. The second-most popular political persuasion at the school, however? “I don’t care about politics.”

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#3. Angelo State University

- Location: San Angelo, TX
- Students: 5,332
- Acceptance rate: 74%
- Graduation rate: 37%
- Faculty ratio: 19:1
- In-state Tuition: $7,638
- Out-of-state tuition: $17,766
- Six-year median earnings: $40,200

Angelo State is not only one of the most conservative universities in the country, but it’s also one of the country’s best conservative universities. The school has been recognized by the Princeton Review and the Chronicle of Higher Educationwith this designation.

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#2. University of Mississippi

- Location: Oxford, MS
- Students: 17,511
- Acceptance rate: 84%
- Graduation rate: 60%
- Faculty ratio: 18:1
- In-state Tuition: $8,300
- Out-of-state tuition: $23,564
- Six-year median earnings: $42,700

The University of Mississippi has been trying to shed its conservative reputation, but prominent markings on campus have complicated that effort. Among these are confederate memorial statues that the school has neglected to take down, and in some cases, has even repaired when they have been damaged.

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#1. Utah State University

- Location: Logan, UT
- Students: 17,188
- Acceptance rate: 89%
- Graduation rate: 50%
- Faculty ratio: 20:1
- In-state Tuition: $7,870
- Out-of-state tuition: $21,520
- Six-year median earnings: $43,200

Utah State is so deeply conservative that it considers the College Republicans a moderate group on campus. The “far-left”? None other than the Democratic Socialists of America, which aims to increase political diversity on campus.

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