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The Heterodox Academy Guide to Colleges rates America’s top 150 universities and the top 50 liberal arts schools (as listed by US News and World Reports) according to the degree of viewpoint diversity on campus. Is it a place where you are likely to encounter a variety of views on politically controversial topics? Or is it an environment where students who do not hold the dominant political viewpoint are afraid to speak up?

The Heterodox Academy Guide to Colleges helps you evaluate schools by using a methodology integrating these four sources of information:

  1. Endorsed Chicago: Whether the university has endorsed the Chicago Principles on free expression
  2. FIRE Rating: Whether the school’s speech codes foster or infringe upon free speech. As rated by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
  3. ISI Rating: Is the school a reasonably welcoming place for conservative and libertarian students? Obtained from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) guide to Choosing the Right College. (We presume that open-minded progressive students would prefer not to attend a school at which students who are not on the left feel unwelcome, and are less likely to speak up.)
  4. Relevant Events Since 2014: Events on campus that indicate a commitment by faculty, administration, and/or students to protect or restrict free inquiry and viewpoint diversity. We ignore events that involve just a few students or professors and focus on those indicating broader sentiment, norms, or policy.

Methodology: Our methodology is the sum of four to five predictors and your experience may be different than what our findings represent as the climate on a particular campus.

The first edition of the guide was released in October 2016. Our goal is to release a revised and improved version in the Summer of 2017.