2017 Most Liberal Colleges Methodology

The 2017 Most Liberal Colleges ranking is based on student reviews of the political leanings of the campus community.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Student Surveys on Personal Political Preference – Liberal Students report their personal political leanings while at the college they currently or recently attend(ed). Self-reported by Niche users 80.0%
Student Surveys on Campus Political Preferences – Liberal Student opinions about the liberal political leanings of students at the college they currently or recently attend(ed). Self-reported by Niche users 20.0%

This ranking assesses 747 4-year colleges and universities. For more details about how we calculate our rankings, click here.