The 25 most conservative colleges in America

Brigham Young University is one of the most conservative colleges in the United States, but it didn't take the No. 1 spot.

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Brigham Young University is one of the most conservative colleges in the United States, but it didn’t take the No. 1 spot.
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  • Niche ranked the most conservative colleges in America as part of its annual series of college rankings.
  • Most of the top 25 are private Christian colleges.
  • The South is the most represented region on the list.

As part of its annual series of school rankings, Niche ranked hundreds of American colleges on a scale from most conservative to most liberal.

The most conservative colleges in the country are mostly small, Christian-affiliated schools, although a few public schools make appearances near the top of the list, too.

It also may not come as a surprise that most of the schools in the top 25 are in the Southeast, the most conservative region in the United States. Utah, another conservative stronghold and headquarters of the Mormon Church, also has several entries on the list.

Niche based its rankings on surveys from students at each school, and factored in both the political leanings of the students and the survey-takers’ impressions of the political leanings of the rest of the student body.

Read on to find out which school is the most conservative in America.


25. Grove City College — Grove City, Pennsylvania

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Grove City College

Acceptance rate: 82%

Tuition: $17,254

SAT range: 1060-1325


24. Lee University — Cleveland, Tennessee

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Facebook/Lee University

Acceptance rate: 87%

Tuition: $16,730

SAT range: 920-1180


23. Anderson University — Anderson, South Carolina

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Acceptance rate: 54%

Tuition: $26,970

SAT range: 930-1145


22. Southeastern University — Lakeland, Florida

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Facebook/Southeastern University

Acceptance rate: 46%

Tuition: $25,360

SAT range: 840-1090


21. University of North Georgia — Dahlonega, Georgia

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Facebook/university of north georgia

Acceptance rate: 75%

Tuition: $5,569 (in-state), $19,657 (out-of-state)

SAT range: 820-1020


20. Weber State University — Ogden, Utah

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Weber State University

Acceptance rate: 100%

Tuition: $5,712 (in-state), $15,260 (out-of-state)

SAT range: N/A


19. University of Mississippi — Oxford, Mississippi

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Acceptance rate: 78%

Tuition: $8,300 (in-state), $23,564 (out-of-state)

SAT range: 1000-1230


18. Evangel University — Springfield, Missouri

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Evangel University

Acceptance rate: 75%

Tuition: $10,750

SAT range: 910-1130


17. Southwestern Assemblies of God University — Waxahachie, Texas

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Facebook/Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Acceptance rate: 23%

Tuition: $19,994

SAT range: 800-1030


16. Cornerstone University — Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Facebook/Cornerstone University

Acceptance rate: 36%

Tuition: $14,451 (in-state), $42,465 (out-of-state)

SAT range: 1120-1390


15. Samford University — Birmingham, Alabama

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Facebook/Samford University

Acceptance rate: 91%

Tuition: $30,490

SAT range: 1020-1238


14. Oklahoma Christian University — Edmond, Oklahoma

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Facebook/Oklahoma Christian University

Acceptance rate: 61%

Tuition: $21,670

SAT range: 940-1220


13. Ouachita Baptist University — Arkadelphia, Arkansas

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Facebook/Ouachita Baptist University

Acceptance rate: 67%

Tuition: $25,870

SAT range: 950-1200


12. LeTourneau University — Longview, Texas

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Facebook/LeTourneau University

Acceptance rate: 44%

Tuition: $29,320

SAT range: 1030-1280


11. Oral Roberts University — Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Acceptance rate: 68%

Tuition: $26,792

SAT range: 890-1128


10. Biola University — La Mirada, California

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Facebook/Biola University

Acceptance rate: 65%

Tuition: $38,448

SAT range: 950-1220


9. Maranatha Baptist University — Watertown, Wisconsin

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Facebook/Maranatha Baptist University

Acceptance rate: 68%

Tuition: $21,910

SAT range: 875-1125


8. Utah State University — Logan, Utah

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Utah State University

Acceptance rate: 90%

Tuition: $7,870 (in-state), $21,520 (out-of-state)

SAT range: 980-1220


7. Colorado Christian University — Lakewood, Colorado

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Facebook/Colorado Christian University

Acceptance rate: 94%

Tuition: $21,856

SAT range: N/A


6. Franciscan University of Steubenville — Steubenville, Ohio

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Facebook/Franciscan University of Steubenville

Acceptance rate: 90%

Tuition: $26,430

SAT range: 1040-1300


5. Bob Jones University — Greenville, South Carolina

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Facebook/Bob Jones University

Acceptance rate: 87%

Tuition: $16,500

SAT range: 900-1210


4. Cedarville University — Cedarville, Ohio

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Facebook/Cedarville University

Acceptance rate: 69%

Tuition: $29,156

SAT range: 1080-1310


3. Brigham Young University — Provo, Utah

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Acceptance rate: 51%

Tuition: $5,620

SAT range: 1160-1380


2. Brigham Young University–Idaho — Rexburg, Idaho

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Facebook/Brigham Young University–Idaho

Acceptance rate: 96%

Tuition: $4,018

SAT range: 900-1110


1. Liberty University — Lynchburg, Virginia

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Facebook/Liberty University

Acceptance rate: 24%

Tuition: $21,310

SAT range: 950-1190