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TOP CONSERVATIVE COLLEGES

Young America’s Foundation is pleased to release the “Top Conservative College” list in response to the frequently asked question by parents and students of which schools we recommend to those seeking conservative colleges. 

The Top Conservative College list includes Christendom College, College of the Ozarks, Colorado Christian University, Franciscan University, Grove City College, Harding University, Hillsdale College, The King's College, Liberty University, Patrick Henry College, Regent University, Saint Vincent College, Thomas Aquinas College, Thomas More College, and Wisconsin Lutheran College

Introduction

A wide variety of rankings exist for the market of American colleges and universities.  Each year, U.S. News & World Report releases its “America’s Best Colleges” edition.  The magazine grades each institution based on factors including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, and student selectivity.  Yet, U.S. News does not rank the overall experience that colleges offer.  That is why Young America’s Foundation presents the following list of institutions that offer a conservative experience for students.  Young America’s Foundation deemed these institutions the best, and they are listed in alphabetical order.  

Many conservative students seek alternatives in higher education, but they may not be fully aware of institutions that fit these criteria.  The “Top Conservative College” list features institutions that proclaim, through their mission and programs, a dedication to discovering, maintaining, and strengthening the conservative values of their students. 

These colleges offer an alternative to the liberal status quo, because they allow and encourage conservative students to explore conservative ideas and authors.  They offer coursework and scholarship in conservative thought and emphasize principles including smaller government, strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.  Furthermore, they avoid trends in academe by continuing to study Western Civilization instead of straying toward the study of Marxism, feminism, sexuality, postmodernism, and other distractions that do not give students a complete understanding of our country, our culture, and its founding principles. 

Young America’s Foundation highly recommends service academies such as West Point and Annapolis for people interested in serving their country and receiving a top-notch education.  However, these schools do not appear on our list.  They are not liberal arts colleges but rather military colleges that follow a training model for future officers.  There is nothing more honorable than serving our country, and we strongly encourage qualified students to consider this option. 

This is not an exhaustive list of conservative institutions and should not be taken as such.  Nor should it be the only source consulted in a college search.  Young America’s Foundation recommends that this list serve as a starting point.  Parents and students should seek several information sources, read admissions materials thoroughly, consult with friends and counselors, and make visits.  Additionally, Young America’s Foundation is not a college rating organization; we decided to publish this list to help address a frequently asked question.               

These colleges offer ROTC programs on campus or at neighboring schools:  College of the Ozarks, Franciscan University, Grove City College, Liberty University, Patrick Henry College, Regent University, Saint Vincent College, and Wisconsin Lutheran College.  Please contact those schools directly for details.   

If you would like to recommend other colleges for this list, please contact us.  For more information, please contact the listed colleges, or call Young America’s Foundation at 800-USA-1776.

Christendom College

Christendom College in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is a Catholic college with more than 400 undergraduates. Six majors and a master’s degree in theological studies are offered. All undergraduate programs begin with a core curriculum that includes study of Catholic doctrine, as well as philosophy, mathematics, and science. Christendom

The college was founded in 1977 by a group of Catholics concerned with the direction of higher education, especially within the Catholic church. “Only an education which integrates the truths of the Catholic faith throughout the curriculum is a fully Catholic education,” stated the founders. Led by Dr. Warren H. Carroll, the visionaries also envisioned how, “the only rightful purpose of education is to know the truth and to live by it. The purpose of Catholic education is therefore to learn and to live by the truth revealed by Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…”

The original vision of Christendom lives today through the institution’s devotion to Catholic theology and way of life. The core curriculum reinforces a Catholic worldview and teaches students to “distinguish truth from error or distortion, and then to communicate truth accurately, effectively, and convincingly to others.” Required courses include “Literature of Western Civilization,” “Introduction to Philosophy,” and “Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine.”

For more information, contact Christendom College

Christendom College Admissions

134 Christendom Drive

Front Royal, Virginia 22630

(800) 877-5456

College of the Ozarks

The College of the Ozarks is a unique Christian Work College with about 1,400 students, located in Point Lookout, Missouri.  Dubbed as “Hard Work U.” by The Wall Street Journal, it has a special work-study program in which students work in lieu of paying tuition.  COFO

In addition to the 41 majors, 38 minors, and eight pre-professional programs it offers, the College of the Ozarks has an extensive character education program.  As soon as students arrive for freshman orientation, they begin character education programs and abide by a dress code and an honor code. 

A core liberal arts curriculum is required of all students, and an optional character-based curriculum is available.  The general education curriculum is “purposefully complemented by an emphasis on the development of vital competencies,” such as writing, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary connections.  Overall, the College of the Ozarks offers a robust array of programs and excellent opportunities to receive a well-rounded education.  

One of the most distinctive features of the College of the Ozarks is the work-study program.  All students work 15 hours per week instead of paying tuition.  Many students find interesting jobs at the College such as working at the College’s own restaurant and lodge, print shop, landscaping department, or on the farm.  Two 40-hour weeks are also required during longer breaks, including Christmas or Easter.  

For more information, contact College of the Ozarks:

College of the Ozarks Admissions

P.O. Box 17

Point Lookout, Missouri 65726

(800) 222-0525

Colorado Christian University

Colorado ChristianColorado Christian University (CCU) educates approximately 1000 students (plus 3500 in their adult and graduate programs) in beautiful Lakewood, Colorado. The university offers 26 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs. Since 2006, when former U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong started as president of CCU, the college has seen dramatic improvement in its conservative infrastructure—both inside and outside of the curriculum. 

Not only has the school recently sued the federal government over the mandates in ObamaCare, they adopted a strategic mission statement that sets them apart from practically all other colleges. This statement includes an institutional dedication to “traditional family values, sanctity of life, compassion for the poor, Biblical view of human nature, limited government, personal freedom, free markets, natural law, original intent of the Constitution and Western civilization”.  The results of this statement can be seen in its core curriculum. Every student is required to take a course in western civilization and can choose one of two core tracks: theology or American history.

Beyond classes, CCU’s Centennial Institute provides students with numerous events and seminars throughout the year, featuring speakers including Governor Sarah Palin, Herman Cain, Congressman Tom Tancredo, Kate Obenshain, and many others. They also host an annual Western Conservative Summit with more than 1000 attendees in June.

The president of CCU, U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong, said this in response to the selection: “Colorado Christian University is honored by the selection and delighted to be a part of the same cause that motivates both Young America’s Foundation and Colorado Christian University.”

From more information, contact Colorado Christian University:

Colorado Christian University Admissions

87878 W. Alameda Ave.

Lakewood, Colorado 80226

800-44-FAITH

 

Franciscan University 

Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio is a dynamic Catholic university with 2,049 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students. Majors are available in more than 40 undergraduate subjects, and the college offers 33 undergraduate minors and seven graduate programs. As a devoutly Catholic institution, Franciscan lives by a conservative intellectual and social philosophy based on the strong liberal arts tradition and the teachings of the Catholic church.FRan

Many of Franciscan’s programs are devoted to obtaining a deeper knowledge of the history, philosophy, and culture that shaped Western Civilization. For example, the university offers five specific programs in which students learn directly about Western Civilization and the role of the Catholic church in its formation. Franciscan also offers an honors program devoted to great books of the Western world.

Many faculty members have distinguished themselves in conservative scholarship. Political science professor Dr. Stephen Krason penned books about the founding fathers and the Constitution.  Legal Studies program director Brian Scharnecchia authored a three-volume work outlining and advocating a conservative approach to family issues. The University sponsors the nation’s only human life studies minor, which teaches students to think, speak, and act intelligently on human life issues. Using reason and logic, the newly-established Institute of Bioethics at Franciscan University sponsors forums and provides advanced training for students on abortion, euthanasia, the institution of marriage and other ethical issues that impact society.   

Campus life at Franciscan is different than most colleges. More than 700 students join small faith-sharing groups called "households." Through sports, Bible study, prayer, and other social activities, households provide an essential bonding experience that parallels the mission of the university. A large portion of the student body’s free time is spent serving the community and attending Mass held on campus.

A factor that distinguishes Franciscan is the student body’s devotion to activism on traditional religious values. Public policy, civic participation, and conservative activism groups remain popular among students.

For more information, contact Franciscan University:

Franciscan University Admissions

1235 University Boulevard

Steubenville, Ohio 43952

(800) 783-6220

Grove City College 

Grove City College is a Christian college located just north of Pittsburgh with 2,500 students. It offers 41 undergraduate majors. Its mission is to offer a rigorous academic education in a thoroughly Christian environment at an affordable cost.GCC1

As a liberal arts institution, its web site also states: “Rejecting relativism and secularism, [Grove City College] fosters intellectual, moral, spiritual, and social development consistent with a commitment to Christian truth, morals, and freedom.” The atmosphere created at Grove City College through its policies and programs encourages “the spiritual, moral, intellectual, and character development” of its students and staff.  Young America’s Foundation has a warm relationship with Grove City College.  Students almost always attend Foundation programs and there will be a Foundation high school conference at Grove City College in the summer of 2010. 

Grove City has a commitment to conservative scholarship in various fields. For example, Dr. Paul Kengor (political science) has written several best-selling books and is an expert in the American presidency. He is also executive director of the College’s think tank, The Center for Vision & Values. Dr. Tracy Miller (economics) has published articles examining international and agricultural economics and economic development.  Many of Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises’ papers are housed and researched at the College. In addition, Grove City boasts a strong department of religion and a major in entrepreneurship. Engineering (ABET-accredited programs in mechanical and electrical engineering), education and business round out the most popular majors.

Additionally, The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College is a think tank offering annual conferences, noted speakers and a chance for faculty members and fellows to share their editorials in media outlets around the country.  The Center also produces numerous white papers on social, business, and economic subjects.

Given its legal and financial independence from the federal government, Grove City College’s tuition, room and board are surprisingly low. Annual tuition is less than half the national average for four-year private institutions, and room and board is one-third less than the national average for such institutions, thanks to the College’s fiduciary responsibility.  It also has a private loan program as well as its own private need-based and merit-based scholarship program. As a result, Grove City has been called a “best value” in America in higher education time and time again.

For more information, contact Grove City College:

Grove City College

100 Campus Drive

Grove City, Pennsylvania 16127

(724) 458-2100

Harding University 

Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas is a robust Christian college with 7,100 students. More than 100 majors, 14 pre-professional programs, and 20 graduate and professional degrees encompass the academic offerings. As the largest private university in Arkansas, Harding offers a well-rounded intellectual experience in a Biblical context. The Honors College also offers in-depth and supplementary study for accelerated students.Harding

Majors from all programs are required to fulfill liberal arts requirements that include seven categories: spiritual and moral values, communications and critical thinking, the individual and social environment, the natural world, the creative spirit, the historical perspective, and global literacy. A moral code signed by all students creates an atmosphere where everyone is held to high standards.

Each year, Harding students participate in a variety of programs from the American Studies Institute, including the Distinguished Lecture Series. Young America’s Foundation is proud to co-sponsor several lectures each year that expose students to conservative ideas.  Past speakers include Margaret Thatcher, John Ashcroft, William F. Buckley Jr., Sean Hannity, Zell Miller, Lech Walesa, Steve Forbes, George W. Bush, and J.C. Watts.

Harding’s American Studies Institute puts a strong emphasis on its entrepreneurial development programs. For example, the Belden Center for Private Enterprise Education, led by noted scholar Dr. Don Diffine, educates students on the importance of freedom and private enterprise in relation to the success of business.

For more information, contact Harding University:

Harding University Admissions

915 E. Market Street

Searcy, Arkansas 72143

(501) 279-4000

Hillsdale College 

Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan is a liberal arts college with 1,300 students.  Offering 34 traditional majors, eight interdisciplinary majors, and nine pre-professional programs, Hillsdale consistently ranks highly nationwide in U.S. News & World Report and Forbes magazine, among other publications.  Its core curriculum exemplifies the tradition of a classic liberal arts program.  All students, regardless of major, are required to take courses in humanities, natural science, and social science during their first two years.  Highly respected conservative professors teach at Hillsdale including Dr. Burt Folsom (history), Dr. Ivan Pongracic (economics), and Dr. Mickey Craig (political science).       Hillsdale

Students at this southern Michigan campus hear from one of the largest and most distinguished lecture programs in the country.  Hillsdale’s Center for Constructive Alternatives (CCA) has sponsored more than 1,100 speakers since 1971, including conservative luminaries such as Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Walter Williams.  Students are required to attend two hours of CCA seminars in order to graduate.

Independence is an important theme at Hillsdale.  Upon its founding in 1844, it was the nation’s first college to prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, or religion in its charter.  Ever since, the institution has not taken a penny from the federal government.  When some students received federal loans in the 1970s, Hillsdale quickly reacted by maintaining independence and rejecting government quotas.  Even given the absence of government funding, Hillsdale remains a great value because it continually provides privately funded financial aid packages.  

Hillsdale provides students with a well-rounded education that focuses on liberty.  Students learn what liberty means and the moral conditions of its preservation.  They develop the skills to be productive citizens and the character to be good ones.  The mission statement sums up the college well.  It reads: “The College considers itself a trustee of modern man’s intellectual and spiritual inheritance from the Judeo-Christian faith and Greco-Roman culture, a heritage finding its clearest expression in the American experiment of self-government under law.”

For more information, contact Hillsdale College:

Hillsdale College Admissions

33 East College Street

Hillsdale, Michigan 49242

(517) 607-2327

The King’s College 

The King’s College in New York City is a growing Christian college in the Empire State Building.  Their 2009-2010 class added 130 new students to the mid-town Manhattan site to bring enrollment to 300.  The King’s College expects more than 200 new students in the fall for a total student body of 450 for the 2010-2011 academic year.TKC1

King’s emphasizes a core curriculum that stresses western civilization, writing, politics, philosophy, and economics. King’s graduates learn to contrast ideas based on eternal truths with trendy ideologies that come and go. They are prepared to serve in and eventually lead eight strategic institutions: government, law, business, media, the arts, civil society, education and the church.

The campus located in New York City allows for the campus art gallery to be the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the performing arts center to be Broadway, the library to be the New York Public Library, and the quad to be Central Park.  Students eat, shop, study and play in the heart of one of the world’s most influential cities. When it is time to intern, they go to places like Oppenheimer or CBS News.

The King’s College academics feature three majors: Politics, Philosophy and Economics (modeled after Oxford); Business; and Media, Culture, and the Arts.  Professors include renowned Christian and conservative authors like Anthony Bradley, Peter Kreeft, Joe Loconte, Alissa Wilkinson, and Dawn Fotopulos.  Adjunct writing professors come from the National Review, the Wall Street Journal, and World.   

All students are members of “houses,” groups of students named after greats like C.S. Lewis, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Students this past year experienced leadership first hand by building an award-winning debate team and starting a variety of student organizations. 

For more information, please contact The King’s College:

The King’s College

The Office of Admissions

350 5th Avenue, Suite 1500

New York, NY  10018

212-659-7200

Liberty University 

Liberty University, founded in 1971 by the Rev. Jerry Falwell, is located on 6,000 acres in scenic Lynchburg, Virginia. It is the largest evangelical university in the world.  Total enrollment is more than 60,000 students, including the distance learning program.  The chancellor of Liberty University is Jerry Falwell, Jr. Liberty1

The mission of Liberty University is, “to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact tomorrow’s world.”   A common motto of the late Rev. Jerry Falwell for Liberty University was, “if it’s Christian it should be better.”

In turn, Liberty offers 115 undergraduate areas of study, 24 graduate areas of study and 3 doctoral programs. Notable schools include the Liberty University School of Law, the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Jesse Helms School of Government.    

Liberty University students are known for their theologically, socially, and fiscally conservative views on issues like “…an absolute repudiation of ‘political correctness,’ a strong commitment to political conservatism, total rejection of socialism, and firm support for America’s economic system of free enterprise,” among other things.   

The experience at Liberty does not stop with the classroom.  Dormitories are supervised by a small army of “student leaders” who work to maintain the spiritual and social health of the halls. Liberty mentors one student leader for every five residential students, assuring that no single student is left without adequate social, spiritual, and academic support.  

The thrice-weekly, university-wide chapel service plays hosts to 60 national leaders each school year.  It is considered to be a required stop on the national, conservative campaign trail, and it is North America's largest weekly gathering of Christian young people.  In addition, the university has gathered dozens of “Big South Conference Championships” through its 20 NCAA Division 1 sports, it has a national champion debate team, Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs, and hosts numerous special conferences devoted to Biblical and contemporary issues.   

For more information, contact Liberty University:

Liberty University Admissions

1971 University Boulevard

Lynchburg, Virginia 24502

(434) 582-2000

Patrick Henry College 

Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia is a classical Christian college with nearly 400 students, located 40 miles from Washington, D.C.  Founded in 2000, PHC offers major tracks in Classical Liberal Arts, History, Literature, American Politics, International Politics, Political Theory, Strategic Intelligence, and Journalism.  With a comprehensive, 63-credit common core curriculum PHC rigorously grounds students in the great books of Western Civilization, history, philosophy, logic, and the foundations of freedom.  Its motto, “Pro Christo et Libertate” (For Christ and For Liberty), embodies its mission.PHC1

College President Graham Walker describes the College’s aim as “fearless learning in the spirit of the American Founding.”  As he explains, the curriculum “starts with Jesus Christ, in whom ‘all things hold together’ (Colossians 1:17).  The faculty insist on accountability to facts, defending reason because of faith.  Every student gets a foundation in classical learning and grapples with the full range of ideas, both good and bad, that have dominated our civilization.  We equip students to ‘test all things’ and ‘hold fast that which is good’ (1 Thessalonians 5:21).”

Distinguished faculty members lead this effort.  The College’s Chancellor, Dr. Michael Farris, has authored 14 books including two constitutional law textbooks, and has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.  He was awarded the Heritage Foundation’s Salvatori Award for American Citizenship.  The College’s Provost, Dr. Gene Edward Veith, is a longtime educator, cultural commentator, and author of over 100 published articles and 17 books on subjects ranging from classical Christian education and postmodernism to literature and vocation.  Other noted faculty scholars include well-known journalist Dr. David Aikman, and author and apologetics expert Dr. John Warwick Montgomery.

Apprenticeship learning is the culminating step of a classical education at Patrick Henry College.  This requires students to gain practical experience and conduct research through top-level internships in Washington, D.C. and beyond.  Complementing its mission to engage culture, the forensics program at PHC has earned a national reputation as a legal debate force, winning national championships four of the past six years and sending members on to the nation’s top law and graduate schools, including Harvard, Duke, Georgetown and the University of Virginia.

Patrick Henry College’s unique strategic intelligence concentration in the Department of Government immerses students in intelligence analysis, investigative techniques, open source data exploitation, counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism, and information dissemination.  Strategic intelligence students at PHC participate in prestigious apprenticeships with the FBI, the CIA, and in local police departments. 

For more information, contact Patrick Henry College:

Patrick Henry College Admissions

One Patrick Henry Circle

Purcellville, VA 20132

(888) 338-1776

Regent University  

Founded in 1978, Regent University has more than 4,800 students studying on its campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. Regent offers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from a Christian perspective in fields including business, communication and the arts, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, and psychology and counseling. In addition to the rigorous academic environment, Regent offers other unique opportunities.Regent

The Ronald Reagan Symposium, held each year in conjunction with the former president's birthday, features nationally and internationally known scholars, including Harvey Mansfield (Harvard), William Kristol (Weekly Standard), Michael Barone (Washington Examiner and FOXNews), Jean Bethke Elshtain (Chicago), and George Nash (The Russell Kirk Center). Reagan Symposium topics have included "The Future of Conservatism" and "The Future of American Culture." Each Symposium comes out as a scholarly book. For example, The New York Times published a long and favorable review on "The Future of Conservatism: Conflict and Consensus in the Post-Reagan Era."

Clash of the Titans®, annually showcases debates between leading political heavyweights, such as Lt. Col. Oliver North, Mike Huckabee, Arianna Huffinington, Steve Forbes, Howard Dean, Geraldine Ferraro, Alan Colmes, Newt Gingrich and Ehud Barak, debating the war in Iraq, presidential elections, peace in the Middle East, and the American economic crisis.

Regent’s monthly Executive Leadership Series brings a cross-section of preeminent leaders to campus. Among them are Rudy Giuliani, Dick Morris, Maria Bartiromo, John Maxwell, Art Williams, Barbara Corcoran and Zig Ziglar.

"Christian Leadership to Change the World," Regent's motto since its founding, motivates its resolve to offer unparalleled opportunities. The Governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell, and thousands of other alumni got their start at Regent University.

 For more information, please contact Regent University :

Regent University Admissions

1000 Regent University Drive

Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464

(888) 718-1222 

Saint Vincent College 

Saint Vincent College is a traditional Catholic college in rural Pennsylvania, just outside Pittsburgh.  With almost 1,700 students, it offers a comprehensive liberal arts program in the Benedictine tradition.  StVincent

Archabbot Wimmer, the founder of St. Vincent College, noted that students should learn “first what is necessary, then what is useful, and finally what is beautiful and will contribute to their refinement.”  The college continues that vision with a strong core curriculum promoting hard work and the study of philosophy.  In addition, St. Vincent boasts a strong writing program and is committed to theology, mathematics, and the natural sciences in the core curriculum. 

The student life at St. Vincent is unique given its proximity to the monastery and influence of the Benedictine community.  The college is committed to service learning and volunteering. Everyone in the first-year class participates in an orientation community service event.  There is a very active campus ministry, and President Jim Towey takes a service group of 12 students each year to serve in Mother Theresa’s mission in Calcutta.  

The Alex G. McKenna School of Economics and Government highlights conservative ideas through its programs including the Center for Political and Economic Thought, where internationally recognized guests interact with students and faculty through lectures and events.  A focus on philosophy and principles instead of current events and polling data, especially in political science, allows students to learn more deeply about the importance of Western civilization.

For more information, please contact Saint Vincent College

Saint Vincent College

300 Fraser Purchase Road

Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650

(724) 537-4540

Thomas Aquinas College 

Thomas Aquinas College is a small Catholic college located in southern California with 351 students.  No majors or minors are offered since all students participate in the prescribed great books curriculum.  The somewhat secluded location in the hills of rural southern California provides a metaphor for the unique nature of this fine institution. TAC

The “great books” of Western civilization comprise the entire curriculum of Thomas Aquinas College, and all students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts.  Works on many subjects are included in the program, including music, mathematics, and science as well as philosophy, language, and theology.  Faculty members serve less as lecturers and more as facilitators using the Socratic method.  Catholic faculty members publicly take the Oath of Fidelity and make a Profession of Faith at the beginning of their terms in office.

Campus life at Thomas Aquinas follows with traditional Catholic morality and teaching, and there are many groups in which students participate.  For example, the St. Genesius Players is a drama group that puts on productions, the choir often performs, and the “bushwhackers” maintain local trails and organize hiking trips.  Student groups are also involved with activism on issues related to traditional religious values.                          

For more information, please contact Thomas Aquinas College:

Thomas Aquinas College Admissions

10000 North Ojai Road

Santa Paula, California 93060

(800) 634-9797

Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts is a four-year undergraduate college in Merrimack, New Hampshire that carefully guides students through the best that has been written and thought throughout the history of Western civilization and the Catholic intellectual tradition.  Thomas More College is a college where parents can be confident that their children will receive a liberal arts education that is rigorous and well-grounded in the permanent things, preparing them for whatever work they may be called upon to perform in the world.  TMC

Students graduate from Thomas More College with a full knowledge of the literature, politics, philosophy, art, and architecture that has contributed to the development and formation of the Church, Western civilization, America’s constitutional order.  The read the works of such luminary figures as Hayek, Kirk, Weaver, Friedman, Dawson, Burke, Eliot, Homer, Plato, Cicero, Augustine, Aquinas, Dante, Shakespeare, Milton, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison.

In addition to mastering a wide array of readings, our students come to understand why they should learn what they learn; why certain authors are giants; why greatness in literary capability must not be equated with greatness in moral capability; and how the humanistic tradition of the West is their inheritance and will shape their lives.

One of the hallmarks of the educational experience students receive at Thomas More College is a full semester spent in Rome, Italy, during their sophomore year.  Living and studying in Rome need little justification: the experience of the city gives immediacy and substance to the broad range of studies at the College, awakening the student to the significance of Rome on the formation of Western civilization and the Catholic Church.  As importantly, the Roman Republic was a major influence on America’s Founders as they sought to establish a republic in the New World.  By studying and experiencing first hand Roman institutions, students come to understand the significance of and develop a greater appreciation for the American experiment.

By providing students with a deep understanding of first principles, training them to think and write clearly, and preparing them for public speaking, Thomas More College is engaging in the indispensible task of nurturing a new generation of leaders who are prepared to defend the Christian and free market roots of our society throughout their lives.

For more information, please contact Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

6 Manchester Street

Merrimack, New Hampshire 03054

(603) 880-8308

Wisconsin Lutheran College 

Wisconsin Lutheran College, with an enrollment of nearly 785, is a four-year liberal arts Christian college located in Milwaukee.  Founded in 1973, it is committed to providing quality teaching, scholarship, and service that are rooted in Holy Scripture, promoting the spiritual growth of students, faculty, and staff; and preparing students for lives of Christian service.WLC

The college offers 30 undergraduate majors, pre-professional programs in pre-dental, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, and pre-veterinary medicine, and three degrees;  a bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of science in nursing.  Wisconsin Lutheran is known for its academic excellence, its strong athletics and fine arts programming, and its thorough preparation in producing Christian leaders as graduates.

Wisconsin Lutheran College prepares students to become leaders in their chosen academic field.  Taught from a Christian perspective, the college’s courses help students develop skills they’ll need in their career:  critical thinking, communication, teamwork, and decision-making.  Wisconsin Lutheran’s professors foster challenging academic experiences, giving their students a solid basis for graduate work or for their future career in an ever-changing, challenging world.

In addition to ongoing classroom learning, guest speakers such as U.S. Ambassador Jean Kirkpatrick, former Vice President Dan Quayle, Starr Parker, Michael Medved, Tony Snow, and other nationally known conservative leaders have lectured on campus, sharing their perspectives and insights with Wisconsin Lutheran College students.

For eight consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wisconsin Lutheran College as one of “America’s Best Colleges.”  Forbes.com also includes Wisconsin Lutheran in its rankings of America’s best undergraduate institutions.

Wisconsin Lutheran College’s vision is to strive to establish a distinctive identity as one of America’s finest liberal arts colleges characterized by faithfulness to the Scriptures and to the Lutheran Confessions, rigorous pursuit of academic excellence, and dedication to preparing Christian leaders for the Church and the world.

For more information, please contact Wisconsin Lutheran College:

Wisconsin Lutheran College Admissions

8800 West Bluemound Rd.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226

(414) 443-8811       

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