by Alicia Gittan and Doktor Prax Evad
August 23, 2020
As a conservative, it is challenging to find rankings of conservative colleges/universities in the United States that do a decent job of identifying which colleges are conservative and also top notch academically, especially in the subject areas of STEM. STEM majors are generally in line with conservative values that necessitate choosing a degree that will add great benefit in landing a job that adds value to the marketplace and rewards one financially for doing so. Additionally, many parents want their children to go to school where extremely smart students attend. In this article, both criteria (fellow high achieving students and conservative institutions with STEM majors) are sought out in statistical analysis of measurable variables using Stata statistical software. Association of Objective Journalists, Inc hopes that this information is helpful to the underserved conservative households with college bound students (undergraduates) who believe in meritocracy and good values. The resulting US conservative college rankings are shown in Table 1.
Table 1. Rank Listing of Top Conservative Universities with STEM Majors
Rankings were accomplished by weighting universities in the Top Conservative “Science-Technology-Engineering-Math” (STEM) University Pool based on weightings assigned to the following categories:
- Academic Level of Student Body and University
- Meritocratic Admissions
- Extent of STEM Offerings
- Morals and Antiracism
For those interested, Table 2 shows the Rank Listing of Top Conservative Universities with STEM Majors without considering the category of religion.
Table 2. Rank Listing of Top Conservative Universities with STEM Majors (absent Religion Metric)
Identification of Top Conservative University Pool with STEM Majors
The evaluation and ranking is meant to be as objective as possible and attempts to use the most meaningful variables.
Out of all the variables to measure how good a university is academically, this ranking took the approach that a university’s academic abilities are best measured by the academic level of the students it attracts. The intelligence of students applying to and then being accepted by a university are a good indication of academic level of the university itself. Additionally, a second great benefit of going to college is interacting with and learning from your peers (fellow students) and a prospective student should be interested in the academic level of their classmates. The most consistent and universal measurement for student academic ability is the SAT score. Note that the overall statistical database is obtained from the National Center for Education Statistics under the US Department of Education (https://nces.ed.gov/). The midway score between the 25th percentile and 75th percentile was used as an approximation of the 50th percentile (median score) on the SAT, and universities were scored accordingly. Next the composite math and verbal scores were calculated for the median university math and verbal SAT scores. This composite SAT median score for each university was then given a percentile ranking. The 85th percentile was used as the cutoff in the analysis such that universities below the 85th percentile were removed from the analysis because the idea is to find the “top” academic universities and student body and then rank those. Out of the 6,857 universities evaluated, the 85th percentile equated to a 1255 median composite SAT score. 198 universities were at or above the 85th percentile of those reporting SAT scores. Note that there were many colleges and universities that did not submit SAT information to our government database, and these universities were deemed institutions that did not focus on attracting the highest academic performing students, and therefore, were excluded.
Of the universities with composite SAT median scores at or above the 85th percentile, the next step was to ascertain which ones were relatively conservative compared to the other top universities. To determine this, the Niche survey (niche.com) information was manually examined for each of the top universities to determine:
- the percentage of republican students to democrat students
- the percentage of students who viewed the campus as conservative
If the two percentages added together topped 60%, the school was viewed as much more conservative than the whole body of top performing universities. Keep in mind that the majority of these top universities were much more liberal than conservative, and finding conservative universities amongst the top universities in the country as measured by SAT scores of accepted applicants is challenging. None of the ivy league universities, such as Princeton, nor new-ivy league universities, such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), make the conservative list. However, some lesser discussed universities as being part of the elite tier, such as Washington and Lee University (97th SAT percentile), are identified in our Top Conservative Universities with STEM Majors Ranking.
Finally, the top conservative universities had to be STEM related. They had to offer at least one of the following degree types:
- Computer Science or highly technical computer type degree
- Biology type degree or something similar to Biomedical Engineering
The conservative ranking methodology resulted in the 33 top conservative universities that offer STEM majors shown in Table 1. This is referred to as the pool of top conservative universities with STEM majors.
Ranking Methodology of Conservative University Pool with STEM Majors
Ranking is applied after determining the pool of Top Conservative Universities with STEM Majors. The ranking is based on weighting the following categories as indicated:
- Academic Level of Student Body and University – 20%
- Meritocratic Admissions – 15%
- Extent of STEM Offerings – 15%
- Conservatism – 20%
- Religion – 10%
- Morals and Antiracism – 20%
Generally, 50% (Categories 1-3) of the weighting is based on academic quality at the institution and 50% (Categories 4-6) is based on high virtues, including conservatism. The Top Conservative University Pool is measured based on rank order of each metric for each university, and then weighting for each metric are applied. The university with highest score is the #1 Top Conservative University with STEM Majors, and the university with the lowest score is the 33rd Top Conservative University with STEM Majors. Note that all the universities in the ranking are Top Conservative Universities with STEM Majors and are the best of the best out of over 6,000 universities and colleges in the US.
Academic Level of Student Body and University – 20% Weighting
Academic level of the student body and university has a 20% weighting. It is based on measuring the composite SAT median score for each university in the Top Conservative University Pool with STEM majors. Regardless of Rank shown, all the universities are in the 85th percentile of all universities reporting SAT scores to the Department of Education. Rankings for the “Academic Level” are shown in Table 3.
Table 3. Metrics and Ranking by Academic Level of Student Body (Top Conservative University Pool)
Meritocratic Admissions – 15% Weighting
Meritocratic Admissions has a 15% weighting. In today’s college admissions environment, liberal schools choose students to a varying degree based on skin color rather than their academic achievements and abilities. In so doing, they treat people differently based on race, which is a predominant form of racism today. A person with values and virtues wants equal criteria, equal opportunities, and equally applied consequences for all. If one is less industrious and studious because they fail to put forth the effort to academically succeed, they should suffer the consequences with non-admittance. An equally applied rewards and consequences system produces the most effective and efficient outcome for society as a whole in creating talent and optimal expertise in different disciplines. The racist skin-color criteria used in the liberal bent by universities for antimeritocratic admissions can be roughly measured by percentage of White and Asian admittance. Since extra “admissions points” are never awarded to Whites and Asians based on skin color, but rather only to preferred minorities, the presumption is that universities with better morals that exhibit less discrimination will have larger White and Asian student populations than otherwise. Accordingly, the top universities are ranked by percentage of graduates that are White and Asian. Also, note that universities offering biased and racist programs and opportunities to preferred minorities are likely to attract more preferred minorities than other universities, which admit based on merit. Rankings for “Meritocratic Admissions” are shown in Table 4.
Table 4. Metrics and Ranking by Meritocratic Admissions (Top Conservative University Pool)
Extent of STEM Offerings – 15% Weighting
Extent of STEM Offerings has a 15% weighting. The STEM offerings were measured by (1) Engineering, (2) Computer Science, and (3) Biology/Biomedical Engineering majors offered. Similar majors with different names were accepted. It was “yes” or “no” for engineering and computer science as a major. For the biology area half credit was given for a biology major and full credit for a bio-engineering/biomedical-engineering major. Each of the three metrics has a 5% weighting so that they total 15%. A general science, an engineering, and a computer science major seemed to cover most technical areas of STEM. Math was not included because it is presumably offered as a major at all top universities, even those not associated with technology, science, and engineering. Rankings for the “Extent of STEM Offerings” are shown in Table 5.
Table 5. Metrics and Ranking by Extent of STEM Offerings (Top Conservative University Pool)
Conservatism – 20% Weighting
Conservatism has a 20% weighting. The Conservatism category was measured by two metrics. First, the percentage of students who identified as Republicans taking into account those that identified as Democrat was calculated as a metric. Those who identified as Independents were ignored in the metric.
The second metric identifies the percentage of students who believe the campus is generally conservative taking into account those that think the campus is generally liberal. Those who thought the campus was moderate were ignored in the second metric. Each of the two metrics has a 10% weighting so that they total 20%. Rankings for “Conservatism” are shown in Table 6.
Table 6. Metrics and Ranking by Conservatism (Top Conservative University Pool)
Religion – 10% Weighting
Religion has a 10% weighting. The Religion category was measured by two metrics. First, university religious affiliation was used as a metric. Note that public universities cannot have a religious affiliation. Second, the number of times the university website referenced God or church in a religious fashion were counted and capped at 100. Each of the two metrics has a 5% weighting so that they total 10%. Rankings for “Religion” are shown in Table 7.
Table 7. Metrics and Ranking by Religion (Top Conservative University Pool)
Morals and Antiracism – 20% Weighting
Morals and antiracism were measured in two areas totaling 20% weighting. The first area was if the university was pro-discrimination under a misguided racial justice heading, which in actuality promotes certain racial groups over others, such as Black Lives Matter. Ratings were “0” for no pro-discrimination, “1” for pro-discrimination, and “2” for voluminous pro-discrimination. Virtuous people believe all lives matter, including babies, and they treasure all human life regardless of color.
The second area used two metrics. This area measured if the universities supported breaking or severely bending the law for liberal causes. Most conservatives believe law and order is crucial to a Great Society, and that immigration can be good, but should be done lawfully in a prudent manner that preserves the great American inclusive and industriously capitalistic culture. The first metric in this second area was if the university openly supported on its website illegal alien admission to the university and ranged from “0” for no bad policy to “2” for severe policies. The first metric helps ascertain the view and stance of the university administration. The second metric in this second area attempted to identify if there were student organization at the university that openly supported illegal immigration. This second metric helps ascertain the view and stance of the students or at least what illegal stances will be tolerated. Rankings for “Conservatism” are shown in Table 8.
Table 8. Metrics and Ranking by Morals and Antiracism (Top Conservative University Pool)
The pool of Top Conservative Universities with Stem Majors analyzed herein may hold the best option for parents and students troubled by liberal extremism at today’s universities and within the education system in general. Note that even these conservative universities are likely to lean left, but not near as far as most universities, especially elite universities. Since the conservative universities ranked herein are at the upper echelon academically, you will need to be a top student to gain admission. Good look to all you star students.
Use & Development of Rankings
- These Rankings are NOT in any way endorsed or supported by any of the universities included. The rankings are completely unbiased from the universities themselves.
- The rankings only analyzed limited dimensions for measuring institution conservatism and student intelligence. Hence, the rankings are imperfect and meant to give you a good list of universities/colleges at which to take a closer examination.
- You can look at research capabilities of a university too, but most people pursuing a Bachelors degree do very limited research. Research has little to do with a good, broad background in an undergraduate major.
- If you want next year’s rankings to include other metrics that add value and are somewhat easily obtainable, shoot us an email and we will take a look.