A More Relevant Ranking of Top US Universities

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Universities were once meant to expose young people to “the universe” of rational schools of thought. The diversity of ideas and freedom of expression were once of paramount importance, before political correctness took over. In the interest of full disclosure, university rankings should take into account the degree to which schools are devoted to exposing youth to a broad range of thinkers and to the principles of freedom of speech. Unfortunately, the major university rankings ignore this component of academia, and thus generally render themselves almost worthless to parents and prospective undergraduates.

The Heterodox Academy compiles a ranking of US universities which ranks universities by freedom of speech and levels of idea diversity at all levels — among students, faculty, and administrative staff. Methodology

Note: The shortened table below is truncated from the full table at the HeterodoxAcademy.org website.

Heterodox Academy Ranking of US Universities

HxA SCORE

SCHOOL

HxA MEMBERS

US News RANK

ENDORSED CHICAGO

FIRE RATING

ISI RATING

98 U of Chicago

Chicago IL

5 3 Yes GREEN GREEN GREEN GREEN
81 College of William and Mary

Williamsburg VA

2 32 No GREEN GREEN GREEN
81 George Mason U

Fairfax VA

7 140 No GREEN GREEN GREEN
81 U of Tennessee – Knoxville

Knoxville TN

2 103 No GREEN GREEN GREEN
78 Carnegie Mellon U

Pittsburgh PA

1 25 No GREEN GREEN
78 U of Florida

Gainesville FL

2 42 No GREEN GREEN
78 U of Mississippi – Oxford

University MS

0 145 No GREEN GREEN
78 U of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill NC

2 30 No GREEN GREEN
78 U of Utah – Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City UT

3 110 No GREEN GREEN
78 U of Virginia

Charlottesville VA

9 25 No GREEN GREEN
69 Arizona State U

Tempe AZ

4 115 No GREEN UNRATED GREEN
69 U of Maryland – College Park

College Park MD

4 61 No GREEN GREEN RED RED
68 Purdue U

West Lafayette IN

1 56 Yes GREEN UNRATED GREEN
68 Washington U – St. Louis

St. Louis MO

3 18 Yes YELLOW GREEN GREEN
63 Villanova U

Villanova PA

3 46 No UNRATED GREEN GREEN
61 Oregon State U

Corvallis OR

1 145 No GREEN UNRATED RED
59 Princeton U

Princeton NJ

7 1 Yes RED GREEN GREEN RED
59 Texas
A & M

College Station TX

4 69 No YELLOW GREEN GREEN
59 U of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia PA

10 8 No GREEN YELLOW
59 Auburn U

Auburn AL

2 103 No YELLOW GREEN GREEN
55 California Institute of Technology

Pasadena CA

0 10 No YELLOW GREEN
55 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge MA

3 5 No YELLOW GREEN
55 Southern Methodist U

Dallas TX

2 61 No YELLOW GREEN
55 SUNY – Binghamton

Binghamton NY

0 87 No YELLOW GREEN
55 U of Connecticut

Storrs CT

2 56 No YELLOW GREEN
55 U of Kentucky – Lexington

Lexington KY

7 133 No YELLOW GREEN
55 U of New Hampshire

Durham NH

0 103 No YELLOW GREEN
51 North Carolina State U

Raleigh NC

2 81 No YELLOW GREEN RED
51 U of Nebraska – Lincoln

Lincoln NE

4 124 No YELLOW GREEN RED
50 Louisiana State U

Baton Rouge LA

3 133 Yes RED GREEN RED
50 Pepperdine U

Malibu CA

2 46 No WARNING GREEN GREEN
50 U of Wisconsin – Madison

Madison WI

5 46 Yes YELLOW YELLOW GREEN
49 Columbia U

New York NY

9 5 Yes YELLOW YELLOW GREEN
48 Baylor U

Waco TX

7 75 No WARNING GREEN
48 Boston College

Chestnut Hill MA

4 32 No RED GREEN
48 Florida State U

Tallahassee FL

4 81 No RED GREEN
48 Tulane U

New Orleans LA

2 40 No RED GREEN
48 U of California – Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara CA

7 37 No YELLOW GREEN RED
48 U of Georgia – Athens

Athens GA

4 54 No RED GREEN
48 U of Kansas – Lawrence

Lawrence KS

0 115 No RED GREEN YELLOW
48 U of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor MI

9 28 No RED GREEN
48 U of Oklahoma – Norman

Norman OK

4 97 No YELLOW GREEN RED
48 Wake Forest U

Winston-Salem NC

1 27 No RED GREEN
46 Michigan State U

East Lansing MI

7 81 No YELLOW UNRATED GREEN
44 Duke U

Durham NC

9 9 No GREEN RED RED RED
44 Syracuse U

Syracuse NY

5 61 No RED UNRATED RED GREEN
44 U of Minnesota – Twin-Cities

Minneapolis MN

4 69 Yes YELLOW YELLOW RED GREEN
44 Virginia Tech

Blacksburg VA

5 69 No YELLOW UNRATED RED GREEN
43 The Ohio State U – Columbus

Columbus OH

9 54 No YELLOW YELLOW GREEN GREEN
43 Vanderbilt U

Nashville TN

5 14 Yes YELLOW RED GREEN
43 Washington State U

Pullman WA

1 140 No YELLOW UNRATED
41 Dartmouth College

Hanover NH

5 11 No YELLOW YELLOW GREEN
40 U of Rochester

Rochester NY

0 34 No YELLOW UNRATED RED
40 Johns Hopkins U

Baltimore MD

4 11 Yes RED YELLOW RED GREEN
40 Brandeis U

Waltham MA

1 34 No YELLOW YELLOW GREEN
39 American U

Washington D.C.

3 69 Yes RED UNRATED RED GREEN RED
39 Colorado State U

Fort Collins CO

2 124 No YELLOW UNRATED RED
38 Case Western Reserve U

Cleveland OH

2 37 No RED UNRATED GREEN
38 Loyola U – Chicago

Chicago IL

1 103 No UNRATED UNRATED RED
38 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy NY

0 42 No RED UNRATED GREEN
36 Iowa State U

Ames IA

4 115 No RED UNRATED GREEN RED
36 Stanford U

Palo Alto CA

7 5 No YELLOW YELLOW
36 Temple U

Philadelphia PA

3 115 No YELLOW YELLOW
36 U of Arizona – Tucson

Tucson AZ

4 124 No YELLOW YELLOW
36 U of Arkansas – Fayetteville

Fayetteville AR

2 133 No YELLOW YELLOW
36 U of Colorado – Boulder

Boulder CO

3 90 No YELLOW YELLOW
36 U of Delaware

Newark DE

2 81 No YELLOW YELLOW
36 U of Iowa

Iowa City IA

4 78 No YELLOW YELLOW YELLOW
36 U of Washington

Seattle WA

10 56 No YELLOW YELLOW
35 U of California – Irvine

Irvine CA

6 42 No YELLOW UNRATED RED
35 U of California – Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz CA

3 81 No YELLOW UNRATED RED
35 U of Massachusetts – Amherst

Amherst MA

2 75 No YELLOW RED GREEN YELLOW
35 Depaul U

Chicago IL

1 120 No UNRATED UNRATED RED RED
34 Georgetown U

Washington D.C.

3 20 Yes RED YELLOW GREEN RED
34 U of California – Davis

Davis CA

1 46 No YELLOW UNRATED RED RED
33 U of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign

Champaign IL

6 52 No YELLOW YELLOW RED
33 U of Missouri – Columbia

Columbia MO

7 120 Yes YELLOW RED RED
31 Drexel U

Philadelphia PA

0 94 No RED UNRATED RED
31 Pennsylvania State U

State College PA

8 52 No RED YELLOW GREEN
31 U of Southern California

Los Angeles CA

4 21 No YELLOW YELLOW RED
30 George Washington U

Washington D.C.

1 56 No RED UNRATED RED YELLOW
30 Indiana U – Bloomington

Bloomington IN

8 90 No YELLOW RED
30 St. Louis U

St. Louis MO

2 94 No WARNING UNRATED RED
30 SUNY – Buffalo

Buffalo NY

5 97 No RED UNRATED RED
30 U of Alabama – Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa AL

2 110 No YELLOW GREEN
30 U of California – San Diego

La Jolla CA

3 42 No YELLOW UNRATED RED RED
30 U of Vermont

Burlington VT

3 97 No YELLOW RED
29 Rice U

Houston TX

0 14 No RED YELLOW
29 U of Notre Dame

Notre Dame IN

4 18 No RED YELLOW
29 Tufts U

Medford MA

2 29 No RED YELLOW
29 U of Texas – Austin

Austin TX

10 56 No RED YELLOW
28 Brown U

Providence RI

3 14 No YELLOW YELLOW RED RED GREEN
28 Emory U

Atlanta GA

7 21 No RED YELLOW RED GREEN
28 Marquette U

Milwaukee WI

1 90 No RED UNRATED RED
28 U of California – Riverside

Riverside CA

3 124 No RED UNRATED RED
28 U of Tulsa

Tulsa OK

1 87 No RED UNRATED RED
26 Yale U

New Haven CT

4 3 No YELLOW YELLOW RED
25 Cornell U

Ithaca NY

8 14 No YELLOW YELLOW RED RED RED
25 Fordham U

New York NY

2 61 No RED YELLOW RED
24 Rutgers U – New Brunswick

New Brunswick NJ

5 69 No YELLOW RED RED RED
24 U of California – Los Angeles

Los Angeles CA

10 21 No YELLOW YELLOW RED RED
23 U of California – Berkeley

Berkeley CA

8 21 No YELLOW YELLOW RED YELLOW
22 Georgia Tech

Atlanta GA

4 34 No YELLOW RED RED
20 New York U

New York NY

12 30 No RED YELLOW RED RED
19 Northwestern U

Evanston IL

9 11 No RED YELLOW YELLOW RED
16 Harvard U

Cambridge MA

21 2 No RED YELLOW RED RED
15 U of Oregon – Eugene

Eugene OR

0 103 No RED RED RED

Full Table at HeterodoxAcademy.org

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)

ISI (Intercollegiate Studies Institute) Rankings

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