As an international who has studied in the UK and the US I am curious to know what the best universities are that have a majority conservative student body

I went for an exchange to Michigan in the US and that was during the 2016 elections. Most (read all) of my peers were super liberal. My cousin goes to Brown and her classmates that I have met are more left leaning than anyone I have met in my country. 

Similarly, while I was on an exchange at Warwick during my master's I found that most of my peers were left leaning as well. 

However, I am curious to know if any of the good/top universities in both these countries have a majority conservative student body / sizable amount of students who are conservative or most of the top unis do tend to be liberal. 

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May 28, 2021 - 9:31am

i have noticed this as well.

I may be completely wrong but in reality it's probably like 60 left / 40 right. It feels like it's 90 / 10 because the left won't shut up. I have never seen a conservative talk about politics on social media. But liberals do it all the time. It may even be 50/50 - they are just louder...

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May 28, 2021 - 10:14am

I see posts like this all the time and I always wonder, why do you think this is the case? On the surface if it's clear that your side has lost the culture war and all the people who's job it is to research/study these topics lean one way, and the vast majority of verifiably smart people lean one way, maybe they're onto something? I generally agree that most people on the left are significantly more insufferable than many on the right but it just seems strange that most conservatives don't have an explanation as to why the vast majority of smart/well educated people are left leaning and I'd be willing to bet that a large share of those that aren't, aren't simply because they are higher up the income scale and don't want to pay taxes.

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May 28, 2021 - 11:23am

Higher education encourages authoritarian govt measures b/c of an intelligence complex. Book smart people tend to think that their beliefs are better than others by virtue of their "intelligence" (read: regurgitation). These individuals take it upon themselves to fix the world. If you thought you were smarter than everybody else and knew exactly which buttons to click in the incredibly complex economic ecosystem to produce the exact result you want, of course you would want to exert control too. We are taught in academia that society is full of problems and that the route to fixing these problems is exerting control. Preferably following the exact path outlined in page 346 of "How to ensure a perfect utopia!" written by Failed Economist 1 and Failed Economist 2.

Grinding through this system surrounded by peers who feel this way and taught by professors who feel this way leads to an echo chamber of ideology. To promote non-left ideology is to risk being ostracized, and to risk the success of your career. So of course the majority of "smart" people lean left, but you're confusing smart for somebody who paid a ridiculous amount of money to go through a ridiculous amount of school to earn the same amount that somebody with an associates degree from your local community college earns. Since the beginning of time, these authoritarian leanings have always been espoused by theoretical/abstract "thinkers" who shut themselves off from practical living experience. 

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May 28, 2021 - 10:19am

I studied in multiple countries and locations, with different languages and cultures. Every college I went to appeared liberal, either through demonstrations/grassroots movement, or through on-campus activities. This doesn't have to be about politics though:

When I was in San Diego, the week before I arrived a girl was raped and almost killed. The following weeks they had a lot of banners and events planned because of what happened. The dialogues were overwhelmingly left leaning, but influenced through current local circumstances.

I think people can be liberal towards some aspects, while having other, more conservative views about other areas in life.

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May 29, 2021 - 2:27pm

I remember the girl getting raped and killed in San Diego. I was a kid back then, so I didn't understand, but it was a huge deal.

May 28, 2021 - 11:29am

U Chicago probably leans left but very much so encourages debates and hearing both sides as opposed to the usual safe space situation. They are definitely the exception not the norm, I don't know of any other colleges that encourage dialogue as much as they do.

Young people generally lean left -- especially the ones who tend to get into good schools -- so any top school you find here will likely have a mostly left-leaning student body.

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May 28, 2021 - 2:45pm

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U Chicago probably leans left but very much so encourages debates and hearing both sides as opposed to the usual safe space situation. They are definitely the exception not the norm, I don't know of any other colleges that encourage dialogue as much as they do.

Young people generally lean left -- especially the ones who tend to get into good schools -- so any top school you find here will likely have a mostly left-leaning student body.

I heard that Rice and SMU are pretty conservative. Both are decent schools?

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