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Most conservative colleges in America

  • #40. Olivet Nazarene University

    - Location: Bourbonnais, IL
    - Students: 3,113 (student to faculty ratio: 17:1)
    - Acceptance rate: 66% (ACT: 20-26; SAT: 1020-1230)
    - Tuition: $34,940
    - Outcomes: graduation rate: 66%; six year median earnings: $38,300

    Church of the Nazarene-affiliated liberal arts college Olivet Nazarene University has emerged as being more welcoming to students of all Christian denominations in recent years. The school teaches creationism and has shown intolerance to homosexuality.

  • #39. South Dakota State University

    - Location: Brookings, SD
    - Students: 8,425 (student to faculty ratio: 17:1)
    - Acceptance rate: 91% (ACT: 20-26; SAT: 980-1260)
    - Tuition: $8,441 (in-state); $11,689 (out-of-state)
    - Outcomes: graduation rate: 55%; six year median earnings: $42,000

    The largest and oldest continually operated university in South Dakota, the public South Dakota State University is currently involved in a free speech fight that began in October 2018 when state legislators questioned if the university's removal of fliers that were viewed as non-inclusive denied the free speech of the flier's creator. The situation reflects both reflects the Republican vibe of the state and a pushback to perceived liberal influence in higher education.

  • #38. Union University

    - Location: Jackson, TN
    - Students: 1,599 (student to faculty ratio: 10:1)
    - Acceptance rate: 60% (ACT: 23-29; SAT: 1070-1320)
    - Tuition: $31,510
    - Outcomes: graduation rate: 68%; six year median earnings: $41,200

    Union University is a private evangelical Christian university affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention. In 2015, Union University left the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities when two member schools changed their rules to allow the hiring of individuals identified as LGBTQ+.

  • #37. Louisiana Tech University

    - Location: Ruston, LA
    - Students: 8,090 (student to faculty ratio: 25:1)
    - Acceptance rate: 65% (ACT: 22-27; SAT: 870-1100)
    - Tuition: $9,861 (in-state); $18,774 (out-of-state)
    - Outcomes: graduation rate: 53%; six year median earnings: $41,000

    Also rated the #2 top public public university by Niche, some students have called Louisiana Tech University a conservative campus: Student Cassidy Clark says she founded Feminists in Action when she arrived on campus to discover there was no existing feminism club to join. “By creating this organization, I wanted to give an outlet for all women and minorities to use their voices and not feel alone on this conservative campus,” Clark said, quoted in an April 2019 article on The Tech Talk, a site that features the voices of Louisiana Tech. Louisiana Tech recently faced significant damage after a tornado ripped through the campus. The tornado, an EF3, destroyed several university buildings. The university has since reopened.

  • #36. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott

    - Location: Prescott, AZ
    - Students: 2,471 (student to faculty ratio: 18:1)
    - Acceptance rate: 77% (ACT: 23-29; SAT: 1130-1350)
    - Tuition: $34,662
    - Outcomes: graduation rate: 60%; six year median earnings: $62,400

    The residential campus of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, is a business-turned school about 100 miles north of Phoenix. The university became the nation's first provider for student airline certification to be Federal Aviation Administration-approved.

  • #35. North Greenville University

    - Location: Tigerville, SC
    - Students: 2,080 (student to faculty ratio: 14:1)
    - Acceptance rate: 61% (ACT: 19-28; SAT: 930-1270)
    - Tuition: $19,150
    - Outcomes: graduation rate: 51%; six year median earnings: $31,300

    North Greenville University is a private Baptist university. Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention, the university recently was in the news due to an order to pay $2.5 million in penalties for allegedly violating a ban barring schools from compensating recruiters with commissions or bonuses.

  • #34. Dallas Baptist University

    - Location: Dallas, TX
    - Students: 2,423 (student to faculty ratio: 13:1)
    - Acceptance rate: 39% (ACT: 19-24; SAT: 1090-1250)
    - Tuition: $27,480
    - Outcomes: graduation rate: 58%; six year median earnings: $42,500

    Dallas Baptist University is a Christian liberal arts university. The school's mission is to “provide Christ-centered quality higher education in the arts, sciences, and professional studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to traditional age and adult students in order to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings.”

  • #33. Brigham Young University - Hawaii

    - Location: Laie, HI
    - Students: 2,702 (student to faculty ratio: 17:1)
    - Acceptance rate: 37% (ACT: 22-26; SAT: 1090-1250)
    - Tuition: $5,400
    - Outcomes: graduation rate: 56%; six year median earnings: $41,000

    Owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young University-Hawaii was created in response to the growing population of LDS followers in the 50th state. While not requiring ecclesiastical endorsement like other BYU schools, the university is still 97% LDS followers. BYU-Hawaii students must follow the honor code, which enforces a strict dress code and bans extramarital sex, alcohol, drugs, caffeine, and tobacco.

  • #32. Wisconsin Lutheran College

    - Location: Milwaukee, WI
    - Students: 921 (student to faculty ratio: 11:1)
    - Acceptance rate: 90% (ACT: 20-26; SAT: 1010-1280)
    - Tuition: $29,140
    - Outcomes: graduation rate: 67%; six year median earnings: $40,900

    Affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelic Lutheran Synod, Wisconsin Lutheran College was formed in 1973. A small school, the college emphasizes Christian values in its degree programs, with conservative website Newsmax noting that the school “states with lawyerlike precision that its faculty ‘believes, teaches and confesses that the 66 canonical books of the Old and New Testaments—in all their words and all their parts—are the inspired and inerrant Word of God.'”

  • #31. University of Northwestern-St. Paul

    - Location: Saint Paul, MN
    - Students: 2,033 (student to faculty ratio: 17:1)
    - Acceptance rate: 93% (ACT: 21-27; SAT: 970-1240)
    - Tuition: $30,794
    - Outcomes: graduation rate: 62%; six year median earnings: $36,600

    University of Northwestern-St. Paul is a private evangelical Christian school that saw the late evangelist Billy Graham as its president from 1948 to 1952. Students must take a 30-credits minor in Bible studies in order to graduate.

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