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Thu October 18, 2012

Tech Alums Among Most Conservative, Report Finds

Most college ranking guides rate colleges from top to bottom.  But a new book from Atlanta-based “The Alumni Factor” instead rates them from right to left-- as in where their alumni fall on the political spectrum.

The Alumni Factor sampled 42,000 alums from 177 colleges and universities across the U.S. 

It asked questions on political and social views, including: gay marriage, racial profiling, abortion rights, and government-funded health care. 

On the left, Reed College in Oregon was judged the most liberal.  

Other schools putting the “liberal” in “liberal arts” were: Oberlin,Macalester, Grinnell, Bard, Swarthmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Wesleyan, and Smith.

On the other end of the political spectrum, alumni from the U.S. Air Force Academy answered most conservatively. 

But the runners-up on the “right” include universities with close ties to the region.  Ole’ Miss, Auburn, Alabama and Atlanta's own Georgia Tech were found to have among the most conservative alumni. (Others in the top-10 include: U.S. Military Academy, Texas A&M, and Baylor.)

(Note:  The survey only queried alumni from five Georgia schools:  Emory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse College, Spelman College and the University of Georgia.)

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