When we typically think of college, we think of the liberal arts. There is a lot of left-wing propaganda flying around and most students at a liberal arts school will inevitably dabble with pursuing left-wing ideals. So it does ask the question: do conservative colleges exist in such a liberalized system? The answer is yes. While most universities and colleges do still hang out with the more “liberal” side of liberal arts, there are still a number of colleges and universities in the United States that adhere to more conservative thinking. Here are just a few examples to peruse. Keep in mind, however, that often conservative is associated with Christian. The problem here as far as libertarianism goes is that many Libertarians are also not in favor of religion. That is not always the case though and keep an open mind when looking through these.
- Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI: Hillsdale College is a private, non-sectarian liberal arts college with a long history of patriotism. The college was founded before the Civil War. In fact, more than 400 college students from Hillsdale fought for the Union in the Civil War. It was also the first college in the United States to actively prohibit discrimination based on race, gender, or religion. It also does not accept any federal or state subsidies, limiting the amount of control that the government has over the university.
- Brigham Young University in Provo, UT: This well-known university boasts itself on its extremely conservative Mormon ideals. All students who attend this college must be Mormon. That said, the curriculum is state-of-the-art as are its sports teams. All while adhering to conservative values and ideals.
- Texas A&M University in College Station, TX: This conservative university is a public research university and is the fourth-largest university in the United States. It is secular, but has a reputation for being both socially and politically conservative. There is also a strong military tradition in the university as well as political groups. The school is so conservative that there was a petition to ban leftist speakers from campus.
- Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA: The mission of Liberty University is “Training Champions for Christ,” so it is definitely a conservative Christian university. It holds socially conservative views and is a good choice for Baptists. Chapel is required for all students at least three times a week.
- Grove City College in Grove City, PA: A private, Christian, liberal arts college, Grove City College “fosters intellectual moral, spiritual, and social development consistent with a commitment to Christian truth, morals and freedom. Rather than political, ideological, or philosophical agendas, objective truth continues as the goal of liberal learning.” The part of this that would appeal to libertarians is that the college accepts no federal funding, meaning that it operates without any government interference. It is also a great location for budding think tanks as well as a number of conservative clubs, including College Libertarians.
- Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA: This is the newest college on my list, but I don’t feel that it should be left out. It is a classically Christian college, which of course may not be in line with your politics, so keep that in mind. The curriculum culminates in apprenticeship, letting students gain actual practical work experience before graduating.
- Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden Sydney, VA: Established in 1775, this university has literally been around as long as we have been a country and is one of the oldest universities in the country. The university is still an all-men’s liberal arts college, as it has been since it was founded. Their mission is to “form good men and good citizens in an atmosphere of sound learning.”