1 In 4 College Applicants Rule Out Entire States For Political Reasons

The survey found that large numbers of conservative and liberal applicants ruled out certain schools, along with their states, because of partisan politics.

  • A new survey found that 1 in 4 applicants decided against applying to a college this year solely because of the politics in its state.
  • The survey found that 31 percent of liberal applicants struck colleges from their lists for political reasons — especially abortion rights. The most-rejected states were Alabama, Texas, Louisiana and Florida.
  • Similarly, 28 percent of conservative applicants ruled out states on political grounds — namely California and New York. Conservatives rejected states less for specific policies and more for fear of an overarching, oppressive liberalism, on campus and off.
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