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Surprise – Harvard, Mizzou Rank Among Lowest in Intellectual Diversity

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by Lil Tuttle

Universities were once championed as enclaves of intellectual diversity where conflicting ideas could be examined and openly debated without rancor. That was before the era of university Speech Codes, Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces, all of which have had a chilling effect on campus scholarly life and the free and open exchange of ideas.

How chilling? Heterodox Academy attempts to answer that question in its new report, Guide to Colleges: Top 150 Universities in the United States. The authors examined university policies toward speech, ratings of outside advocacy groups, and recent campus events to score—using a scale of 0 (worst) to 100 (best)—each university on the extent to which it fosters open and tolerant intellectual climates on campus.

The results in some cases are stunning, especially in view of the tuition the university charges its students today. Reports the Washington Times,

Not surprisingly, the University of Chicago—which has spearheaded resistance to the trend of designating physical “safe spaces” on campus free from uncomfortable ideas—tops the list with a score of 93.75. But the drop-off after Chicago is dramatic. The vast majority of universities receive a grade of 50 or worse, reflecting the close-minded state of American higher education.

Although Ivy League schools tend to top college rankings, Princeton is the only university from the elite cohort to receive a passing grade, coming in tied for third with a score of 62.5.

In the chart below, we’ve listed the universities in the Heterodox Academy report in alphabetical order, along with its intellectual diversity score, its annual tuition/fees only (room and board not included) and the U.S. News and World Report college ranking. The diversity scores are color coded, with green for the highest/best intellectual diversity scores awarded, yellow for middle scores, and coral for the lowest/worst scores.

Scroll down to the chart to see how your university scores in the report:











            
University/College
Diversity Rating Tuition/Fees In-State T/F USN&W Ranking
American
University (DC)
43.75  $    44,853   74
Arizona
State University (AZ)
50  $    25,458  $    10,158 129
Auburn
University (AL)
43.75  $    28,840  $    10,696 99
Baylor
University (TX)
43.75  $    42,006   71
Boston
College (MA)
37.5  $    51,296   31
Boston
University (MA)
18.75  $    50,240   39
Brandeis
University (MA)
12.5  $    51,570   34
Brigham
Young University (UT)
31.25  $      5,300   68
Brown
University (RI)
6.25  $    51,367   14
California
Institute of Technology (CA)
43.75  $    47,577   12
Carnegie
Mellon University (PA)
62.5  $    52,040   24
Case
Western University (OH)
31.25  $    46,006   37
Catholic
University of America (DC)
50  $    42,536   124
Clark
University (MA)
25  $    43,150   74
College
of William and Mary (VA)
62.5  $    41,718  $    18,687 32
Colorado
School of Mines (CO)
25  $    34,828  $    17,383 82
Colorado
State University (CO)
31.25  $    28,374  $    11,080 129
Columbia
University (NY)
43.75  $    55,056   5
Cornell
University (NY)
18.75  $    50,953   15
Dartmouth
College (NH)
31.25  $    51,438   11
DePaul
University (IL)
25  $    37,626   124
Drexel
University (PA)
31.25  $    51,030   96
Duke
University (NC)
31.25  $    51,265   8
Emory
University (GA)
18.75  $    47,954   20
Florida
State University (FL)
37.5  $    21,673  $      6,507 92
Fordham
University (NY)
18.75  $    47,317   60
George
Mason University (VA)
62.5  $    32,582  $    11,300 143
George
Washington University (DC)
31.25  $    51,950   57
Georgetown
University (DC)
6.25  $    50,547   20
Georgia
Institute of Technology
18.75  $    32,404  $    12,212 34
Harvard
University (MA)
6.25  $    47,074   2
Howard
University (DC)
25  $    24,908   124
Illinois
State University (IL)
31.25  $    20,886   152
Indiana
University-Bloomington (IN)
18.75  $    34,246  $    10,388 86
Iowa
State University (IA)
25  $    21,483  $      7,969 111
Johns
Hopkins University (MD)
37.5  $    50,410   190
Kansas
State University (KS)
31.25  $    23,429  $      9,350 135
Lehigh
University (PA)
25  $    48,320   44
Louisiana
State University (LA)
50  $    27,005  $      9,842 135
Loyola
University (IL)
25  $    41,384   9
Marquette
University (WI)
12.5  $    38,470  $      8,334 86
Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MA)
43.75  $    48,452   7
Miami
University-Oxford (OH)
31.25  $    31,592  $    14,288 79
Michigan
State University  (MI)
31.25  $    39,090  $    14,070 82
Michigan
Technological University (MI)
25  $    30,968  $    14,634 118
New
Jersey Institute of Technology (NJ)
31.25  $    30,326  $    16,108 135
New
York University (NY)
6.25  $    49,062   36
North
Carolina State University (NC)
43.75  $    35,079  $    11,531 92
Northeastern
University (MA)
25  $    47,655   39
Northwestern
University (IL)
6.25  $    50,855   12
Notre
Dame University (IN)
18.75  $    49,685   15
Ohio
State University-Columbus (OH)
31.25  $    29,229  $    10,037 54
Ohio
University (OH)
31.25  $    21,208  $    11,744 146
Oklahoma
State University (OK)
25  $    20,978  $      7,778 152
Oregon
State University (OR)
43.75  $    28,846  $    10,366 143
Pennsylvania
State University (PA)
25  $    32,382  $    17,900 50
Pepperdine
University (CA)
50  $    50,022   50
Princeton
University (NJ)
62.5  $    45,320   1
Purdue
University (IN)
87.5  $    28,804  $    10,002 60
Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute (NY)
31.25  $    50,797   39
Rice
University (TX)
18.75  $    43,918   15
Rutgers
University-New Brunswick (NJ)
6.25  $    30,023  $    14,372 70
San
Diego State University (CA)
31.25  $    18,244  $      7,084 146
Seton
Hall University (NJ)
50  $    39,258   118
Southern
Methodist University (TX)
43.75  $    50,358   56
St.
John Fisher College (NY)
31.25  $    31,880   146
St.
Louis University (MO)
25  $    40,726   96
Stanford
University (CA)
25  $    49,940   5
Stevens
Institute of Technology
25  $    48,838   71
Stony
Brook University (NY)
31.25  $    26,666  $      9,026 96
SUNY-Albany
(NY)
25  $    22,244  $      9,124 146
SUNY-Binghamton
(NY)
43.75  $    22,164  $      9,044 86
SUNY-Buffalo
(NY)
18.75  $    17,519  $      7,669 99
SUNY-Environmental
Science/Forestry (NY)
25  $    26,270  $      9,770 99
Syracuse
University (NY)
25  $    45,022   60
Temple
University (PA)
25  $    25,994  $      5,688 118
Texas
A&M (TX)
43.75  $    28,768  $    10,176 74
Texas
Christian University (TX)
25  $    42,670   82
Tufts
University (MA)
18.75  $    52,430   27
Tulane
University (LA)
37.5  $    51,010   39
University
of Alabama-Tuscaloosa (AL)
18.75  $    26,950  $    10,470 103
University
of Arizona-Tucson (AZ)
25  $    30,025  $    10,872 124
University
of Arkansas-Fayetteville (AR)
25  $    23,168  $      8,820 135
University
of California-Berkeley (CA)
12.5  $    40,191  $    13,509 20
University
of California-Davis (CA)
18.75  $    40,728  $    14,046 44
University
of California-Irvine (CA)
18.75  $    39,458  $    14,750 39
University
of California-Los Angeles (CA)
12.5  $    39,518  $    12,836 24
University
of California-Riverside (CA)
12.5  $    40,263  $    13,581 118
University
of California-San Diego (CA)
18.75  $    41,387  $    14,705 44
University
of California-Santa Barbara (CA)
31.25  $    40,704  $    14,022 37
University
of California-Santa Cruz (CA)
18.75  $    40,241  $    13,559 79
University
of Chicago (IL)
93.75  $    52,491   3
University
of Cincinnati (OH)
31.25  $    26,334  $    11,000 135
University
of Colorado-Boulder (CO)
25  $    35,079  $    11,531 92
University
of Connecticut (CT)
43.75  $    35,858  $    14,066 60
University
of Delaware (DE)
25  $    31,420  $    12,520 79
University
of Denver (CO)
25  $    46,362  $      5,758 86
University
of Florida (FL)
62.5  $    28,666  $      6,389 50
University
of Georgia-Athens (GA)
37.5  $    29,844  $    11,634 56
University
of Illinois-Chicago (IL)
25  $    26,526  $    13,670 152
University
of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
18.75  $    31,320  $    15,698 44
University
of Iowa (IA)
25  $    28,413  $      8,325 82
University
of Kansas-Lawrence (KS)
37.5  $    25,932  $    10,549 118
University
of Kentucky-Lexington (KY)
43.75  $    26,334  $    11,484 133
University
of Maryland-College Park (MD)
62.5  $    32,045  $    10,181 60
University
of Massachusetts-Amherst (MA)
25  $    30,123  $    13,790 74
University
of Massachusetts-Lowell (MA)
25  $    29,125  $    13,427 152
University
of Miami (FL)
25  $    47,004   44
University
of Michigan-Ann Arbor (MI)
37.5  $    43,476  $    13,856 27
University
of Minnesota-Twin Cities (MN)
50  $    22,210  $    13,790 71
University
of Mississippi-Oxford (MS)
62.5  $    22,012  $      7,744 135
University
of Missouri-Columbia (MO)
0  $    25,892  $      9,518 111
University
of Nebraska-Lincoln (NE)
37.5  $    23,148  $      8,628 111
University
of New Hampshire (NH)
43.75  $    31,424  $    17,624 107
University
of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
62.5  $    33,916  $      8,834 30
University
of Oklahoma-Norman (OK)
31.25  $    21,451  $      8,065 111
University
of Oregon-Eugene (OR)
0  $    33,442  $    10,762 103
University
of Pennsylvania (PA)
43.75  $    51,464   8
University
of Pittsburgh (PA)
31.25  $    29,758  $    18,618 68
University
of Rochester (NY)
25  $    50,142   32
University
of San Diego (CA)
18.75  $    46,140   86
University
of San Francisco (CA)
31.25  $    44,494   107
University
of South Carolina (SC)
25  $    41,282  $    11,854 107
University
of Southern California (CA)
18.75  $    52,217   23
University
of Tennessee-Knoxville (TN)
62.5  $    30,858  $    12,668 103
University
of Texas-Austin (TX)
18.75  $    34,676  $      9,806 56
University
of Tulsa (OK)
12.5  $    38,796   86
University
of Utah-Salt Lake City (UT)
62.5  $    27,039  $      8,518 111
University
of Vermont (VT)
18.75  $    40,364  $    17,300 92
University
of Virginia (VA)
62.5  $    45,066  $    15,722 24
University
of Washington (WA)
25  $    34,791  $    10,753 54
University
of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
50  $    32,738  $    10,488 44
Vanderbilt
University (TN)
50  $    45,610   15
Virginia
Tech (VA)
31.25  $    29,371  $    12,852 74
Wake
Forest University (NC)
37.5  $    49,308   27
Washington
State University (WA)
25  $    25,673  $    11,041 143
Washington
University-St. Louis (MO)
62.5  $    49,770   19
Worcester
Polytechnic Institute (MA)
31.25  $    46,994   60
Yale
University (CT)
12.5  $    49,480   3
Yeshiva
University (NY)
31.25  $    40,670   66





Sources:
Guide to Colleges, Heterodox Academy
Best Colleges,U.S. News & World Report