Top 50 Liberal Arts Colleges
[beta version- posted to solicit corrections.
Heterodoxy scores will be calculated in December]
The Heterodox Academy Guide to Colleges rates the Top 50 Liberal Arts Schools in the United States and America’s top 150 universities according to their commitment to viewpoint diversity. Is it a place where you’ll encounter a variety of views on politically controversial topics? Or do school policies – or the students themselves– impose a rigid political orthodoxy that punishes dissenting opinions and creates a climate in which students are afraid to speak up, even in seminar classes?
Our guide to colleges helps you evaluate schools on this question by integrating these four sources of information:
- Endorsed Chicago: Whether the university has endorsed the Chicago Principles on free expression
- FIRE Rating: Whether the school’s speech codes foster or infringe upon free speech. As rated by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
- 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.)
- 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.
NOTE: we will calculate heterodoxy scores once the information in the table below is complete.