TCU and Baylor have two of the most conservative student bodies in the country, according to The Princeton Review’s annual college rankings survey, which the college prep company released Monday.
Both schools made the survey’s “Most Conservative Students” list. Baylor ranked 10th, while TCU was No. 13.
The University of Dallas, a small Catholic university in Irving, ranked No. 1 on the list.
TCU also made the survey’s list of “Most Politically Active Students” at No. 14. (Columbia University in New York City was No. 1).
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The conservative Young Americans for Freedom group has had a presence on the Fort Worth campus for several years. In November, the group hosted conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, who blasted TCU officials over the university’s decision to appoint a high-ranking diversity official.
The diversity position came about after three students sent campus administrators a demands list seeking more faculty diversity and sensitivity training.
Also, in January, hundreds of students marched on campus in protest of President Donald Trump’s travel ban restricting immigration from seven majority Muslim countries.
The Princeton Review’s survey polled 137,000 students at 382 colleges across the country, asking them to rank their schools on a variety of different categories. Most of the categories are whittled down to top-20 lists.
Below are some other highlights from the survey — full explanations of each ranking can be found here.
- TCU, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M, Baylor and SMU each were among “The Best 382 Colleges.” The list was not ranked.
- Baylor (No. 5), and Texas A&M (No. 20) and TCU (No. 21) made the “Top Schools for Entrepreneurship: Undergraduate” list.
- TCU was 9th among “Best-Run Colleges” and 13th on the “College City Gets High Marks” list.
- Texas A&M ranked 4th for “Best Alumni Network” and 35th among “Top Undergraduate Schools for Video Game Design.”
- Baylor made a handful of other rankings: “LGBTQ-Unfriendly” (No. 7); “Don’t Inhale” marijuana (14th); “Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution” (10th); “Most Religious Students” (10th); “Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch” (9th); and “Stone-Cold Sober Schools” (12th).
- The University of North Texas, UT-Arlington and Texas Tech weren’t featured on a top-20 list but each were included on the “Best Western” regional list. UNT and Tech were also included on the “Green Colleges” list for best sustainability practices.