Top 10 Conservative Colleges

Ranked by Young America’s Foundation (

10. Harding University—Searcy, Ark.
Christian college with almost 6,000 students. A moral code signed by all students creates atmosphere where everyone is held to high standards.  Students participate in variety of programs from the American Studies Institute, including the Distinguished Lecture Series that puts a strong emphasis on its entrepreneurial development programs.

9. Christendom College—Front Royal, Va.
Catholic college with about 370 undergraduates. Founded in 1977 by Catholics concerned about the direction of higher education, especially within the Catholic church. "Only an education which integrates the truths of the Catholic faith throughout the curriculum is a fully Catholic education," stated the founders.

8. Patrick Henry College—Purcellville, Va.
Founded in 2000. Growing Christian college with about 320 students, with plans to expand to about 1,200 students. Offers five majors and is focused on Biblical values, a classical approach to education, and real-world experience through apprenticeships. Motto: "For Christ and For Liberty."

7. Liberty University—Lynchburg, Va.
Evangelical Christian university with about 8,700 on-campus and 12,000 off-campus students. Offers 38 undergraduate majors, 29 minors, 15 graduate programs, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, a law school, the Liberty Bible Institute, and the English Language Institute. Academic programs revolve around Christian worldview.

6. College of the Ozarks—Point Lookout, Mo.
Dubbed as "Hard Work U." by the Wall Street Journal, has a special work-study program in which students work in lieu of paying tuition. Offers 34 majors, 38 minors, and eight pre-professional programs and an extensive character-education program. As soon as students arrive for freshman orientation, they sign an honor code and begin character-education programs.

5. Thomas Aquinas College—Santa Paula, Calif.
No majors or minors offered: All students participate in the prescribed great books curriculum. All students graduate with a B.A. in liberal arts. Subjects include music, mathematics, science, philosophy, language, and theology. Campus life follows traditional Catholic morality and teaching.

4. Indiana Wesleyan University—Marion, Ind.
Christian university with about 2,500 on the main campus and more than 9,500 others through the Internet and satellite locations. Mission states: "Indiana Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered academic community committed to changing the world by developing students in character, scholarship and leadership."

3. Franciscan University of Steubenville—Steubenville, Ohio
Devoutly Catholic institution, holds to a conservative intellectual and social philosophy based on the strong liberal arts tradition and the teachings of the Catholic church. Large portion of student body’s free time spent serving the community and attending mass held on campus. Devotion to activism on traditional religious values.

2. Grove City College—Grove City, Pa.
Legally and financially independent from the federal government. Ranked the #1 best value among comprehensive colleges in Northeast U.S. by U.S. News. Mission states: "While many points of view are examined, the College unapologetically advocates preservation of America’s religious, political, and economic heritage of individual freedom and responsibility."

1. Hillsdale College—Hillsdale, Mich.
Founded in 1844, was the nation’s first college to prohibit discrimination based on race, sex or religion in its charter. Has never taken a penny from the federal government. Consistently ranks highly nationwide in U.S. News & World Report’s annual college survey. Hillsdale’s Center for Constructive Alternatives has sponsored over 1,100 speakers since 1971.