#67 University of Connecticut
This post is part of CampusReform.org's guide to the nation's top 100 colleges. Each day, CampusReform.org profiles a different college, examines its political climate, and offers items of interest to conservative students, parents, and alumni. Click here to see the full list of college profiles.
The University of Connecticut (UConn), located in Storrs, Connecticut, is a "Public Ivy" and the flagship school of the state. UConn enrolls more than 26,000 undergraduate students and offers 105 different majors; to say the least, it is a large school. In addition to its strong academic programs, UConn is known for its Division I sports teams: the Huskies.
Of the 19 political student groups at UConn, 14 are left-leaning.
The liberal-leaning groups on campus include the ACLU; College Democrats; PIRG; Youth for Socialist Action; Allies and Queers Undergraduate Association; EcoGarden Club; Green Grads; The EcoHusky Student Group; Idealists United; NAACP; NOW; ONE UCONN; Queers United Against Discrimination; and Youth for Human Rights.
Conservative groups include the College Republicans; Students for Liberty; CFACT (a free-market environmental group); UConn Pro-Life; and Youth for Western Civilization. The four italicized groups are affiliated with CampusReform.org's Campus Leadership Program, which offers advice, assistance, and support to the groups.
Statistics provided by The Huffington Post indicate that UConn faculty and staff who donated in the 2008 presidential election gave disproportionately in favor of liberal candidates. In total, 80 people donated $47,683 to presidential candidates, with $44,360 going to liberal candidates and $3,323 going to Republican candidates.
That means 93% of contributing faculty and staff gave to Democratic candidates. Connecticut is a blue state, but that figure is still far to the left of the state as a whole -- which Barack Obama won with 60% of the vote.
UConn offers both Army and Air Force ROTC programs on its main campus. There are also multiple veterans' groups that can offer support for students who have served in the military.
FIRE, a prominent legal defense organization, has ranked UConn as a "red light campus." This rating indicates that UConn "has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech." Click here to read FIRE's full report.
If you would like to take action on this campus or learn more about conservatism at this school, please contact Kevin DeAnna, CampusReform.org's Regional Field Coordinator for the University of Connecticut.