As you are researching colleges, you will hear comments about how one campus is “very liberal” or another is “conservative”, or another is “middle of the road”. These are references to the political leanings of a college campus. Is it red (conservative), blue (liberal), or somewhere in between? How do you know?
Here are some tips for exploring the political atmosphere on a college campus:
- Check out the list of college clubs. What kinds of clubs are available?
- Look at the campus newspaper or campus news sites online? What are the issues? Are the issues balanced, or slanted more toward a liberal or conservative viewpoint?
- Review the mission statement. Does the college have core beliefs that favor one political perspective over another?
- Check the school’s social media. What is the Twitter and Facebook chatter covering?
- What events are popular on campus? Where do students like to gather?
Many colleges encourage a balanced political dialogue. After researching the school, do you feel you would fit in? Would it meet your needs to find a “liberal”, “conservative” or “middle of the road” school?
Research colleges in GuidedPath using Guided Search. Review the Social experience. Add your thoughts into the Discuss tab for each college you research.