The Rushmore Report: America’s Top Ten Conservative Universities


Conservative colleges provide an important counterbalance to the liberalism that pervades so much of American higher education. For students raised with traditional values, entering the world of higher education is too often an alienating experience. But for conservative students, there is hope. These are the top ten conservative universities in America, according to the most recent research by The Best Schools.

1. Hillsdale College

Hillsdale is a private, non-sectarian, liberal arts college. It has a long tradition of patriotism. It was the first college in America to officially prohibit any discrimination based on race, religion, or gender. Hillsdale College does not accept federal or state subsidies.

2. Grove City College

A private Christian college, the Pennsylvania school seeks to foster intellectual, moral, spiritual, and social development consistent with a commitment to Christian principles. Grove City has remained independent of any government funding.

3. Biola University

Biola is a private Christian university located in the heart of Southern California. It describes itself as “a community where all faculty, staff, and students are professing Christians.”

4. University of Dallas

Located in the heart of Dallas, this Roman Catholic school is “committed to the recovery and renewal of the Western heritage of liberal education.” Regardless of their majors, all students study the great philosophers of history.

5. Liberty University

Founded by Jerry Falwell in 1971, Liberty has become the world’s largest Christian university. With a mission of “training champions for Christ,” the school seeks to produce graduates with the values, knowledge, and skills to impact the world.

6. College of the Ozarks

Situated in Point Lookout, Missouri, the Christian college is dubbed “Hard Work U” by the Wall Street Journal. The school encourages patriotic growth and requires regular chapel services for all students.

7. Houston Baptist University

Founded in 1960, the liberal arts university is tied to the Southern Baptist denomination. Its stated objective is to “provide a learning experience that instills in students a passion for academic, spiritual, and professional excellence.” HBU is home to the Bible in America Musuem and competes in NCAA Division I athletics.

8. Regent University

Regent is located on the Virginia coast, near Norfolk. It maintains a rigorous academic environment, offering degrees in divinity, government, and law. The school takes stands for smaller government and a strong national defense.

9. Patrick Henry College

A classical Christian college, the school’s motto is Pro Christo et Libertate (For Christ and Liberty). The small college focuses on the great books of Western Civilization. It does not accept federal funds.

10. Brigham Young University

Owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), BYU is the largest religious university – and third largest private university – in the country. Its conservatism is rooted in its religious heritage.


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