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    These are the most conservative colleges in America

    Jeremy Coppock
    Jeremy Coppock

    Jeremy is an education researcher, journalist, and editor for Degreechoices. He majored in Slavic languages and has a master’s degree in Eastern European studies.

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    These are the most conservative colleges in America
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      The most conservative colleges in America are Brigham Young University, Liberty University, and Bob Jones University – but are they worth it?

      Not all conservative colleges are a good deal – so don’t choose a school based only on ideology.

      The best value conservative colleges are Missouri University of Science and Technology, Brigham Young University, and Utah Valley University.

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      Are conservative colleges worth it financially?

      As a conservative, going to a college where most people think like you has its appeal. While some may claim that intellectual diversity is an essential part of your college experience, you might not be so thrilled when your Marxist English professor docks you points for disagreeing with him in class.

      But picking a school based on your ideological preferences alone leaves out 1 crucial variable from the college choice equation.

      Money.

      Frugality is a core conservative value, and the Republican Party prides itself on being friendly to business. So, as a savvy individual who understands the value of a hard-earned dollar, why not think like an investor about your college education?

      To help you make the most out of your college investment – and avoid excessive student debt – we analyzed whether the nation’s most conservative colleges (as per Niche) are really worth it, using our own methodology, and then ranked them by value for money.

      The 30 most conservative colleges in America

      According to Niche, which publishes student reviews of schools, the most conservative colleges in America are Brigham Young University (Provo), Liberty University, and Bob Jones University.

      To make the list, Niche surveyed real students and asked them to rate how conservative their college is based on their own political leanings (80%) and the perceived political leanings of their peers (20%).

      The most conservative colleges are predominately private religious institutions, although there are several notable state universities thrown into the mix as well. Unsurprisingly, they are mostly located in red states:

      1. Brigham Young University
      2. Liberty University
      3. Bob Jones University
      4. Cedarville University
      5. Brigham Young University – Idaho
      6. Grove City College
      7. Southern Methodist University
      8. Colorado Christian University
      9. North Greenville University
      10. Utah State University
      11. Maranatha Baptist University
      12. Biola University
      13. Texas A&M University
      14. Dallas Baptist University
      15. Harding University
      16. Samford University
      17. Abilene Christian University
      18. Lee University
      19. Missouri University of Science and Technology
      20. The University of Alabama
      21. Auburn University
      22. Texas Christian University
      23. University of Wyoming
      24. Ouachita Baptist University
      25. Wayne State College
      26. George Fox University
      27. Southeastern University
      28. University of Tennessee at Martin
      29. University of Arkansas
      30. Troy University

      How do conservative schools perform compared to other colleges?

      So, are these super-conservative colleges worth the tuition? Or are students paying a premium for ideology that doesn’t pay off later?

      To find out, we turned to our signature methodology for ranking degrees. Our unique formula uses government data on average net (school) costs and average earnings 10 years after enrollment (whether or not the student graduated) to generate an Economic Score (the lower the better). Data is sourced from IPEDS and College Scorecard.

      Our methodology rewards colleges that combine affordability with high salaries down the line.

      » Also read: The states with the most student debt could surprise you.

      Economically speaking, we found that the 50 most conservative colleges perform a bit worse than the national average. They have a mean Economic Score of 4.07, compared to 3.78 nationwide. In total, 21 of Niche’s 50 most conservative colleges – a little less than half – performed better than the U.S. average in terms of value for money.

      One reason for this is that many of the more conservative colleges are private religious institutions and more expensive than public universities. Even though most private colleges offer scholarships and financial aid, this doesn’t normally offset higher tuition prices.

      In general, public universities are typically a much better deal than private ones, regardless of how conservative or liberal they are.

      Liberal vs conservative colleges

      Interestingly, the 50 most liberal colleges (also according to Niche) have an average economic score of 4.01, which is practically identical to the average for the most conservative colleges.

      However, the most liberal colleges in the U.S. are more of a mixed bag. They include slightly more excellent as well as terrible schools (the worst offenders are art schools) in terms of value.

      There was less extreme variation among the most conservative colleges.

      » Also read: The truth about the most expensive colleges in the U.S.

      The 25 best conservative colleges – by value for money

      Not all conservative colleges are a rip-off. Far from it — plenty of right-leaning institutions provide a pretty solid return on educational investment.

      Below, you’ll find a list of the conservative colleges that are the “best deal”. We took the 50 most conservative colleges, according to Niche, and ordered them by value for money, using our ranking methodology.

      By this metric, the best conservative colleges are Missouri University of Science and Technology, Brigham Young University Provo (immediately followed by BYU Idaho), and Utah Valley University.

      2 colleges on Niche’s list – Moody Bible Institute and Grove City College – do not disclose enough information on graduate earnings for us to rank them properly.

      #1 in Most Conservative Colleges
      Economic score 1.16

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      Cost $12,964

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $80,289

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 71%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      Topping our list, Missouri S&T is a public research university located in the small town of Rolla, MO. It is the 19th most conservative college on Niche’s list. The school is known primarily as an engineering school. Its focus on STEM explains it’s high educational investment value: STEM students earn reliably high salaries after graduation compared to their peers in the humanities. The college operates a nuclear reactor on campus for educational and research purposes. 

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      #2 in Most Conservative Colleges
      Economic score 1.50

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $13,474

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $70,785

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 85%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      The flagship campus of Brigham Young University, which is located in Provo, Utah, is the lodestar educational establishment for adherants of the Church of Latter Day Saints. It is also the most conservative college in the country. Almost all students are members of the LDS Church, and they must agree to follow an honor code in order to attend. The private research university offers robust scholarships to students with need.   

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      #3 in Most Conservative Colleges
      Economic score 1.51

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $6,698

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $49,281

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 66%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      A sister college to the main BYU campus, BYU Idaho is located in the town of Rexburg. It was founded in 1888 and was once a junior college, but it now it offers 88 bachelor’s degrees, as well as 26 certificates and 20 associate programs. Like at the main BYU campus, students here must follow a strict honor code. It is the 5th most conservative college in the country. 

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      #4 in Most Conservative Colleges
      Economic score 1.78

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $9,955

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $52,096

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 47%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      The 36th most conservative college, UVU is a large public university in Orem, Utah, located between Provo and Salt Lake City. It has a 100% acceptance rate, making it an open-admissions university. Its school mascot is the wolverines, and its colors are green and white. 

      #5 in Most Conservative Colleges
      Economic score 1.84

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $18,919

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $66,566

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 84%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      The College Station campus of Texas A&M University, also known as TAMU or simply Texas A&M, is the flagship institution of the Texas A&M university system. It is the 13th most conservative college in the U.S. It also has the largest student body in the country. The university’s main campus is home to the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Texas A&M students are known as “Aggies.” 

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      #6 in Most Conservative Colleges

      University of Wyoming

      Laramie, Wyoming

      Economic score 2.37

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $11,085

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $50,685

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 64%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      The 23rd most conservative college, UW is a is a public university located in Laramie, Wyoming, and it is that state’s main institution of higher learning. There are several museums on campus, including the American Heritage Center, the University of Wyoming Art Museum, the Geological Museum, the Anthropology Museum, and the Insect Museum. One notable alum is Dick Cheney, former Vice President of the U.S. under George W. Bush. 

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      #7 in Most Conservative Colleges

      Oklahoma State University

      Stillwater, Oklahoma

      Economic score 2.49

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $14,237

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $52,702

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 69%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      Oklahoma State, also known as OK State and OSU, is a public research university in the town of Stillwater. It is the flagship of the Oklahoma State university system. The university is famous for its sports teams, represented by the Cowboys and Cowgirls, who have won 52 national championships. It is the 35th most conservative college in the country. 

      #8 in Most Conservative Colleges
      Economic score 2.50

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $19,919

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $71,287

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 54%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      A public university in Rapid City, South Dakota, SD Mines was founded in 1885. It focuses on enginineering and science fields, with the most popular majors being mechanical engineering, computer and information sciences, civil engineering, and industrial engineering. There is a Museum of Geology on campus. SD Mines is the 40th most conservative college in the country. 

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      #9 in Most Conservative Colleges

      University of Arkansas

      Fayetteville, Arkansas

      Economic score 2.50

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $16,507

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $51,702

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 67%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      U of A is a public research university in Fayetteville, AR; it is the 29th most conservative college in the country. It is the flagship public university of the state of Arkansas, and it is especially famous for its history program. It is represented by the Arkansas Razorbacks. Famous alumni include James O. McKinsey, founder of the McKinsey management company, and J. William Fulbright, who initiated the Fulbright Fellowship program. 

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      #10 in Most Conservative Colleges
      Economic score 2.54

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $13,257

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $50,432

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 60%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      A public land-grant university in Logan, Utah, USU was founded in 1888. Once famous for its military science program, USU used to be known as the “West Point of the West.” It is the 10th most conservative college in the country according to Niche. 

      #11 in Most Conservative Colleges
      Economic score 2.67

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $38,208

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $72,514

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 82%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      The 7th most conservative college on Niche’s list, SMU is a private research university in University Park Texas. It also has a satellite campus in New Mexico. While the college is officially affiliated with the United Methodist Church, its teachings are non-denominational Christian.

      #12 in Most Conservative Colleges
      Economic score 2.88

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $35,432

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $77,768

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 69%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      This private university in Arizona focuses on aviation and aeronautical programs, although it also offers majors in business, engineering, security & intelligence, and other subjects. It is the 46th most conservative college in the U.S.

      #13 in Most Conservative Colleges
      Economic score 2.95

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $11,320

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $40,872

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 49%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      UTM is a public university in Martin, Tennessee. It is one of UT’s 5 campuses. The 28th most conservative college, UT Martin has a large experiential farm on its territory. Its teams’ nickname is the Skyhawks.

      #14 in Most Conservative Colleges

      The University of Alabama

      Tuscaloosa, Alabama

      Economic score 3.15

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $20,917

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $52,751

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 71%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      The University of Alabama, sometimes affectionately referred to as Bama, is a public research university in Tuscaloosa, in the west-central part of the state. It is the oldest and largest public university in the state. UA is the 20th most conservative college in the country.

      #15 in Most Conservative Colleges

      Auburn University

      Auburn, Alabama

      Economic score 3.17

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $24,018

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $56,933

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 79%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      Another public university in the state of Alabama, Auburn is located in the eponymous town of Auburn. It is the second largest university in Alabama, and the country’s 21st most conservative.

      #16 in Most Conservative Colleges
      Economic score 3.20

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $13,578

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $47,456

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 55%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      This public university in Cedar City, Utah, is the nation’s 47th most conservative. Founded in 1897, SUU has more than 10,000 students. It is represented by the Thunderbirds.

      #17 in Most Conservative Colleges

      Susquehanna University

      Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

      Economic score 3.37

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $25,396

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $57,789

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 72%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      Susquehanna is a private liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania. Originally a missionary institute, is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It is the only college in the U.S. to offer a bachelor’s degree in luxury brand marketing and management. Susquehanna is the 32nd most conservative college in the U.S.

      #18 in Most Conservative Colleges

      Angelo State University

      San Angelo, Texas

      Economic score 3.47

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $13,184

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $44,242

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 42%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      This public university in Central Texas was founded in 1928. It is part of the Texas Tech system of universities. Angelo State is the 42nd most conservative college in the country.

      #19 in Most Conservative Colleges
      Economic score 3.48

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $15,033

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $45,739

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 54%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      West Texas A&M, also known as WTAMU or WT, is a public university in Canyon, Texas. The buffaloes are the mascot. WT is also the 41st most conservative college in the U.S. Famed artist Georgia O’Keefe was the head of the Art Department here for 2 years.

      #20 in Most Conservative Colleges

      Carroll College

      Helena, Montana

      Economic score 3.62

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $23,072

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $57,154

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 61%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      This private, not-for-profit college in Helena, Montana is affiliated with the Catholic Church. Its athletic team is known as the Fighting Saints. Carroll College is notable because 85% of its applicants to medical school are accepted. It is the 43rd most conservative college in the U.S.

      #21 in Most Conservative Colleges

      Harding University

      Searcy, Arkansas

      Economic score 3.82

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $19,456

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $47,520

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 67%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      This private, not-for-profit university in Searcy, Arkansas is the 15th most conservative college in the country. It is also the largest private college in the state. It is officially affiliated with the Church of Christ.

      #22 in Most Conservative Colleges
      Economic score 3.86

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $13,202

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $43,079

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 45%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      SWOSU is a public university in Weatherford and Sayre. It is the 49th most  conservative college in the country. Top programs include Allied Health, Medical Lab Science/Research, and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

      #23 in Most Conservative Colleges

      LeTourneau University

      Longview, Texas

      Economic score 3.91

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $23,665

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $52,123

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 64%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      This private, interdenominational evangelical Christian university in Longview, Texas is the 37th most conservative college in the U.S.  Popular programs include Education and Air Transportation.

      #24 in Most Conservative Colleges

      Wayne State College

      Wayne, Nebraska

      Economic score 3.92

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $14,141

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $43,727

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 55%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      Wayne State College is a public college in Nebraska. Tucked away in a rural location, it is represented by the wildcats. It is the 25th most conservative college in the country.

      #25 in Most Conservative Colleges

      Northwest University

      Kirkland, Washington

      Economic score 4.02

      Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

      Cost $20,729

      The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

      Earnings $48,096

      Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

      Graduation rate 62%

      Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

      This small Christian college is located in Kirkland, Washington. There is also a satellite campus in Salem, Oregon. It is affiliated with the Assembly of God church. It is the 38th most conservative college according to Niche.

      What are the worst conservative colleges by value for money?

      According to our methodology, the worst conservative colleges by value for money are:

      1. Southeastern University (ES 8.96)
      2. Liberty University (ES 8.08)
      3. DeVry University, Illinois (ES 6.36)
      4. Biola University (ES 6.26)
      5. Colorado Christian College (ES 6.06)

      These conservative colleges offer terrible value for money, meaning students pay steep tuition prices, resulting in a heavy student loan burden, and don’t earn enough after graduation to pay them back quickly — putting borrowers at risk of default.

      » Also read: The worst colleges in the U.S.

      Advantages of studying at a conservative college

      Whether or not they’re a good deal economically, there are several advantages of studying at a conservative college.

      • Shared values. Many conservative students feel more comfortable in an environment where the student body shares traditional values and ethics.
      • A sense of community. A shared worldview can foster a sense of community, especially at smaller private schools.
      • Emphasis on tradition. Conservative colleges may place a high value on academic traditions and classical education.
      • Clear more and ethical framework. Many conservative colleges have an honor code students must follow. This can contribute to a sense of structure and purpose for students who appreciate such guidelines.

      Final thoughts

      If you want to go to a conservative college without graduating with toxic debt you can’t pay off, your best bet is a public research university in a red state like Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri.

      Remember that education is an investment. At the end of the day, your degree should unlock earnings high enough to pay back the loans you’ve taken out to cover tuition.

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