of the best colleges and universities.


New York University, Northwestern, Harvard and UC-Berkeley and the University of Oregon. Note: The colleges from 1 to 150 based on academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, graduation and retention rates and even alumni giving.


Here is a look at the 10 schools with the lowest HxA score:


Least Intellectually Diverse Schools


schools based on generally accepted indicators of academic quality, reputation and pedigree (so that graduates stand a better chance of securing a job post-graduation).




“The Heterodox Academy Guide to Colleges aggregates all the information we can find on the degree to which each school is likely to be a place that welcomes diverse viewpoints and open discussion about politics and politically charged social issues. In developing the scoring method and weights, we tried to put ourselves in the place of a high school senior who is applying to colleges and who wants to avoid the “walking on eggshells” culture of fear that many students are now reporting.
Where should a curious, open-minded student apply? Which schools should she avoid? We have no way to measure campus culture directly, but we have gathered together in one place all the publicly available sources of information that will help you to make an informed guess. … Schools with high scores are the ones you should apply to if you want to maximize your odds of attending a school that welcomes intellectual diversity and dissent.”



, is a contested concept. Unfortunately, it’s been narrowly defined by most higher ed institutions to include sex, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, religion, and disability status, but not diversity of perspectives, viewpoints and ideologies.


the colleges that seem to offer the best hope for encountering viewpoint diversity are three of the ones comprising Claremont-McKenna (Pitzer, Harvey Mudd, and Scripps Colleges), along with Haverford College, and Washington and Lee University.”


before deciding where you or your children will attend college. It could turn out that what you once thought was the best option turns out to be the worst.