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Conservative colleges provide an important counterbalance to the progressivism and liberalism that pervade so much of American higher education. For students raised with traditional moral values, who favor limited government, who adhere to free-market economic principles, entering the world of higher education is too often an alienating experience.
For conservative students, it can be a challenge to find a college or university that embraces—or even tolerates—conservative values in its curriculum and student life. This ranking of the best conservative colleges in America helps conservative students and parents to find a school in keeping with their conservative values and commitments.
20. Texas A&M University
(College Station, TX)
Texas A&M is a public research university located in east central Texas. The first public institution of higher education in Texas, it is now the fourth-largest university in the United States. The campus is also the home of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library.
Though a secular institution, Texas A&M has a reputation for being both socially and politically conservative. The university’s general education requirements are standard for a large public university, with classes required in the humanities, U.S. history, and political science.
There are over 800 student clubs on campus, many of them politically themed. The school also has a strong military tradition.
In recent years, there has been some tension among the political groups on campus. One group, Texas Aggie Conservatives, petitioned to ban radical leftist speakers from the campus. In another incident, the same group sued the university when their request for club funding was denied (though funding was eventually offered).
- Notable alumni include Libertarian radio personality Neal Boortz; Texas Governor Rick Perry; and NFL placekicker Tony Franklin (who pioneered the barefoot soccer style of place kicking in the NFL)
- Established in 1876
- 56,200 students
- Location: 100 miles from Austin; 105 miles from Houston
- 67% of applicants admitted
- SAT: Critical Reading: 520/640; Math: 560/670; Writing: 500/610