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No surprises on most/least religious colleges rankings

August 15, 2011

No surprises in the Princeton Review rankings of most and least religious college students. The most observant kids are attending super conservative schools (BYU) while the more secular types are found on the lefty campuses (Bennington). See the top five of each below. The PR surveyed 122,000 students from 373 schools and came up with an assortment of best/worst and most/least categories for academics, campus, value, social life, etc.

Here are the most religious schools:

1- Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah)*

2 -Hillsdale College (Hillsdale, Mich.)

3-Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, Calif.)

4-Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.)

5-Grove City College (Grove City, Penn.)

*also shockingly ranked most sober

And the least:

1-Bennington College (Bennington, Vt.)

2-Reed College (Portland, Ore.)

3-Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.)

4-Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)

5-Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, N.Y.)

Again, not surprising at all. But what is interesting to me is that I visited/interviewed at three of the least religious schools (Bennington, Bard and Sarah Lawrence). Bennington mainly because it was in my backyard. None of them suited me.

If you want to see all the rankings, you have to register. It appears to be free but you have to give a bunch of information and possibly need to be a student, parent or teacher. In any case, it’s fun to see which schools fall into various categories such as reefer madness, most/least LGBT-friendly, most conservative/liberal, etc., etc.

Of course these types of lists always manage to annoy folks. Some students and administrators aren’t too pleased about being labeled as party animals or homophobic. But I’ll bet you the Owls are hooting with pride: Rice students were ranked happiest.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Jack Wirtz permalink
    August 16, 2011 8:42 am

    Your footnote * about BYU, “shockingly most sober” reveals a shockingly shallow knowledge of the LDS religion. Mormons avoid
    all stimulants, even caffeine. We attended a basketball game
    there and the concession stands sole offerings were apples
    and 7-UP.

    For a Mormon to break the rules of the faith, and that includes
    the dietary, is grounds for immediate disciplinary action.

    Mormonism is not an easy religion, they preach a salvation by
    “works” and live lives that Jews and Christians ought to live.

  2. eeflynn permalink*
    August 16, 2011 9:05 am

    Hey, Jack, it’s called sarcasm. I like to use it once in a while. I’ve been a religion writer for nine years. I’ve covered the LDS Church. I know their faith’s prohibitions. Heck, I attended a Religion Newswriters convention in Salt Lake City where Mormon leaders hosted us. I know they are a sober, uncaffeinated bunch. The footnote was tongue in cheek.

  3. August 16, 2011 10:52 am

    Sarcasm in writing tends to depend on assumptions about the reader’s general knowledge and, often, their knowledge of the author. I’m shocked that anyone commenting on a blog could have missed such an obvious note. 😉

  4. Jack Wirtz permalink
    August 16, 2011 1:14 pm

    Dear one,
    As opposed to spoken sarcasm noted by the speaker’s inflections
    conveying the quick wit of the rejoinder, the informal writer uses a
    written inflection for the slow of wit, as “ha” or 🙂 or…

    But then you are the professional writer and I am just a, well,
    a dull clod even among us proletarius.

  5. eeflynn permalink*
    August 16, 2011 4:01 pm

    OK, fair enough. I will use a winking smile face next time.

  6. Dandini permalink
    August 18, 2011 8:48 am

    With a few exceptions, BYU and most LDS live their “Christian” faith.

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