2017 Most Liberal Colleges in America

Explore the most liberal colleges ranking based on student reviews of the political leanings of the campus community. Compare colleges with the most liberal students.
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    University of Vermont

    • Burlington, VT
    • 1,557 reviews
    College Junior:I have had an incredible experience at UVM! There is something for everyone. I was able to find a great group of friends by living in the dorms and joining clubs that I was interested in. I joined the women's club lacrosse team and I am also a member of VOX, the voices for Planned Parenthood club on campus. I have had so many amazing opportunities through these blucs that I would have never had the opportunity to have at a different school. Not to mention, I have met some of the greatest people. Even though UVM is a larger school, I have had any one on one attention and extra help that I seek out. As my major has specified, my class sizes are smaller and I definitely do not feel like "just a number" here. If I could do it all over again, I would pick UVM in a heartbeat.
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    Carleton College

    • Northfield, MN
    • 465 reviews
    College Sophomore:Carleton is an incredible place to go to school--the people really care about academics, real issues, and each other. There are also literally hundreds of activities to get involved with, so there is pretty much something for everyone.
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    Oberlin College

    • Oberlin, OH
    • 575 reviews
    College Sophomore:Having not looked into Oberlin beyond the front page of the website and having never seen the campus, I'm still not sure how I ended up there. It was a very last minute decision that I caused a giant ant hill of stress and aggravation, as soon as I got used to the idea another worry would suddenly pop out of the blue. Thank goodness I think the ants have finally moved out and now I know that I couldn't have ended up anywhere better. There are simply too many opportunities to take advantage of at Oberlin, something which drives me crazy to no end. Why should I have to choose between joining the circus, the equestrian team, the fencing team, going to talks with incredible professors who have such intriguing research and still have to find time for quidditch practice? Even without a full schedule of fun, albeit downright impossible classes it would be hard to try everything that Oberlin has to offer. Somehow though, everyone does. I might have a friend who knows a professor who recommended a lecture being given by his or her friend from another school. My teammate might be involved in entirely different activities from myself and that gives me a window into their world and a totally different Oberlin experience. There are no boundaries for Obies other than the ones we might have to create merely to ensure that we do actually sleep sometimes or even to maintain our own sanity. Everyone can be involved in everything and therefore everyone comes away with a different patchwork of Oberlin culture. I can say with certainty that what I take away from Oberlin when the time comes, will be in its entirety completely unique from anyone else who walks across the stage that day. It is this understanding of differences which makes Oberlin students and alumni such a supportive community.
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    Pratt Institute

    • Brooklyn, NY
    • 724 reviews
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    Mount Holyoke College

    • South Hadley, MA
    • 777 reviews
    College Sophomore:Attending Mount Holyoke College is one of the best decision I could have made. The people here are intelligent and welcoming and passionate. The professors are knowledgeable and personable. Coming from the West Coast, I was unable to go home for Thanksgiving but I received many invitations from my professors to join them at their respective tables. The classes and challenging and interesting without being overwhelming. The energy here is inspiring and empowering and there is no where else I would rather spend these four years of my life
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    Brown University

    • Providence, RI
    • 916 reviews
    College Sophomore:I just transferred into Brown and I honestly have to say that it's one of the best decisions I've made in my life. Brown is a wonderful place to be and being here made me realize how great the college experience can be. Everyone at Brown is incredibly intelligent yet down-to-earth and there's always something to do on campus (e.g. Jane Goodall just gave a lecture last week). The food here is great and the campus is stunning as well. All in all, Brown really takes care of their undergraduates and is an amazing place to be.
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    Clark University

    • Worcester, MA
    • 674 reviews
    College Junior:Clark has changed me for the better. I am more conscious of the world around me and want to make a difference. The community of "Clarkies" is unlike any other. Clark changes to fit you and not the other way around. I have never seen a more accepting place.
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    University of California - Santa Cruz

    • Santa Cruz, CA
    • 3,441 reviews
    College Sophomore:I always get emails about resume workshops and grad schools tabling and employers who are recruiting on campus. I just never go. So I am not sure.
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    Columbia College Chicago

    • Chicago, IL
    • 2,395 reviews
    College Sophomore:It really depends on the professor. Honors options are available, but there are a fair amount of classes that feel like a joke. Do your research before picking a class to ensure you get what you want out of it.
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    College Junior:Class sizes are pretty great in general they're ket under 15 for studio classes and under 25 for academics. That being said, classes are difficult to get into and it may take several semesters to get into a specific class that you wanted. The professors are mostly nice, but as usual some can be awful.
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    Savannah College of Art & Design

    • Savannah, GA
    • 2,773 reviews
    College Sophomore:The professors are professionals and know what they are doing, but some may b scattered-brained, or they might play favorites, or can be plain stubborn. Some can be self-centered when it comes to their style of work, so they don't have much room for anilyzing others. Some are harsh graders, especialy professors who tach English, Speech, Art History, and etc., they aren't very lenient even though we are art students. Just be careful of the professor that you pick.
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    Wheaton College - Massachusetts

    • Norton, MA
    • 594 reviews
    College Junior:I have had a truly fantastic college experience. The best part about Wheaton for me is the sense of community it provides. I felt that I was warmly welcomed to the school by both the staff and other students. I made a close group of friends almost immediately, and have met so many people along the way that are really special parts of my life and have made college the amazing time that it has been. Wheaton can seem small at times; 1600 students is closer to the size of a high school than most colleges. However, I think that this small size is what makes the community feeling possible. I love being able to walk around campus and say hi to most of the people I pass by, and I love having friends in all sorts of different groups on campus. Of course, the main goal of college is to earn an education, and I feel that I am taking full advantage of that with Wheaton's science facilities and engaged professors. Having the community support just makes these four years that much easier.
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    Mills College

    • Oakland, CA
    • 646 reviews
    College Sophomore:Mills is not for everyone. The campus can feel isolated, especially in east Oakland where there's not a lot to do and it's not really safe to leave campus at night if you don't have a car. Students here are very liberal and aren't generally tolerant of those who aren't. That isn't always a bad thing, though--the school has a fantastic and revolutionary trans-inclusive admissions policy that has opened doors for tons of trans students who didn't feel safe or "at home" at other schools. All that being said, I really do love it here. The campus is absolutely gorgeous and the weather in the Bay Area is perfect. The social life is what you make of it. I have met some of the nicest, funniest, most open-minded people here. If you make the effort--you know, actually talking to the people in your classes and joining clubs and sitting with new people at meal times--you will make friends. The academics are what really set it apart, though. Professors really do care about your success and they will go out of their way to make sure you're doing well. Busy work is a foreign concept to them, so you never feel like you're wasting your time. I wouldn't trade my experiences here for anything.
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    University of Puget Sound

    • Tacoma, WA
    • 693 reviews
    College Junior:The University of Puget Sound is a generally very inclusive, welcoming place. While the academics are demanding, the professors are very accessible and happy to help.
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    Tufts University

    • Medford, MA
    • 854 reviews
    College Sophomore:I am very happy with my choice of Tufts University. The size of the student body, the size of my classes, my major, my instructors and playing on the lacrosse team. I have made significant friends here at the university. My chemical engineering classes are so very hard, but I am driven to study hard and succeed. I am in a study group with friends and we are all very dedicated. I only wish the weather was better my first year...it snowed like crazy and was so cold!
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    Portland State University

    • Portland, OR
    • 2,118 reviews
    College Senior:There are some really great professors here, and lots of options for majors and minors. Of course, the social scene isn't great since most people commute.
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    Goucher College

    • Baltimore, MD
    • 808 reviews
    College Sophomore:My current experience at Goucher is a very interesting one. On this campus I'm never bored--the students who go here are some of the most open-minded, kind hearted, weird, and fun individuals I have ever met. In terms of the academics, the professors I find generally to be really great and the courses interesting, however the work load is definitely not easy. The community is a small, but great one and diverse enough for anyone to find their own niche. At times, I fear that the tuition is too high for me to continue if I don't receive enough financial aid.
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    Smith College

    • Northampton, MA
    • 826 reviews
    College Sophomore:Smith is just a great place. The administration just passed a policy that will allow for transgender women to apply and get accepted, which goes to show how open-minded the school is. However, I definitely agree that views that oppose the campus norm are not well-accepted. At the end of the day, those students who are able to engage with point-of-views different from their own are going to be much better off going into the real world. The sense of community here is indeed very strong. Everyone feels the need to support a fellow Smithie. And the academics will for sure prepare you for the road up ahead. Smithies are very smart people, and employers know that. It's a great place for a female identifying individual to develop the confidence they need to really succeed in the world.
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    SUNY Purchase College

    • Purchase, NY
    • 1,003 reviews
    College Junior:The people at Purchase can be very friendly, but it can be difficult to get past that stage if you aren't a partier. Purchase loves to try to have parties, but rarely succeeds due to underage students getting in, and the University Police shutting down the parties by 2 am.

    The campus makes you feel like you're in a prison, as it was literally designed by prison architects. The experiment was to see if a more oppressive and un-stimulating environment would foster greater creativity. I haven't been to any other art school, so I can't say for sure, but at least there are plenty of places for student artwork to be hung.

    My favorite thing about the campus was its 550 acres. I would roam the woods and explore it in my free time, just to get off campus. There's lots to stumble upon in the woods--old art projects, smoke spaces or forts that previous students have constructed, etc, many past the smoke spots that all the students are aware of. Behind the visual arts building is an art project cemetery, which is nice to go and sit in.
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    Hampshire College

    • Amherst, MA
    • 376 reviews
    College Senior:Hampshire College is a unique and innovative academic environment. I have been fortunate to be guided by adivisors from my first year onward. Unfortunately many of them have left. At first it was difficult, but it forced me to reach out the the 5 Colleges in the area. This was the best experience for me as I reached out to incredible professors in the area and I now work in both a morality lab and social cognition lab at Umass, while conducting my own ERP neuroscience research at Hampshire. I was able to take many courses at Umass, Smith, Mt Holyoke and Hampshire. I would choose it over and over again as it helped me learn independently while giving me access to the resources I needed to conduct my indpendent research.
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    Columbia University

    • New York, NY
    • 1,083 reviews
    College Junior:For those interested in Columbia College, not CEAS (the Engineering School): As a political science major with a German concentration (Columbia-speak for minor), I have been very satisfied with the academic resources provided by Columbia. The professors I have had in the Poli Sci department have been top in their fields, and the grad students that lead the discussion sections have been both knowledgable and helpful. The German department is very small and thus very personal. Most of the professors will know your name, and the conversation hours (complete with coffee and sometimes handmade baked goods) are really friendly ways to get to know your classmates. That being said, it is very important to read reviews of your classes online before signing up, because Columbia does have duds. Additionally, those in the hard sciences often have a much more competitive and stressful experience, both because of the nature of the major and the organization of the classes themselves. And, of course, the Core is wonderful… if that is what you are looking for. DO NOT COME HERE UNLESS YOU WANT TO SIT AROUND AND TALK ABOUT DEAD GREEK DUDES!!!!! Most of my friends loved the Core, but the few who didn't had miserable freshman and sophomore years. It is very humanities focused, and gives you a wonderful context for culture and ideas that affect every aspect of modern life. But if you hate reading, or hate humanities, or both, DO NOT APPLY. You will hate it.
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    Emerson College

    • Boston, MA
    • 1,003 reviews
    College Senior:Emerson College is a great school in the heart of Boston. If you know what you want to do with your work in communication and the arts then it will be the perfect place for you. However, if you are still figuring things out as you go along it can be an intimidating place because the student body is very driven overall.
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    Fashion Institute of Technology

    • New York, NY
    • 1,387 reviews
    College Senior:I love my professor, they all work in their field and know what they are talking about. They care about us as people and although the work load is tough I don't mind. Because they bring out the best in me and I grew from the lessons. I have had only 1 professor that I don't care for because he taught horribly but other than that, I just love my professors so much. They know how to teach and motivate. The class sizes were the best since we didn't have a lot of people in our year.
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    Vassar College

    • Poughkeepsie, NY
    • 586 reviews
    College Freshman:There are a wide variety of courses at very with a plethora of topics. Vassar offers many courses you will not find anywhere else. Professors are very intelligent and willing to help students. Professors will know you by name, and know what you are capable of since the class size is so small.
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    American University

    • Washington, DC
    • 2,170 reviews
    College Sophomore:Life at American University has been treating me great so far. Some of my experiences that I favor are connecting with my professors on a personal and professional, establishing a new set of meaningful friendships, having fun in my studies, and etc.
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