10 Colleges That Welcome Free Speech

It’s not about left and right. It’s about searching for the truth of a matter.

If we can’t speak freely, then how can we question ideas to find the ones that stand on their own and identify those that are flawed?

And if we can’t discuss ideas in college, which are supposed to exist for the sole purpose of learning and knowledge, then we’re really in trouble.

Luckily, not every university has crumbled when students complain about a point of view that hurts their feelings.

Reason.com put together a list of 10 schools that not only allow free speech, but actively support bringing diverse views to campus.  Some are state schools, others are private.  And of course, the list includes the University of Chicago, which famously issued what are now known as The Chicago Principles, an outline of tenets of supporting free speech and respect for each other.

If you can’t handle the truth, then don’t show up. That sounds like a pretty good way to run a university.

The institutions include:

Arizona State University

Chapman University

Claremont McKenna College

Kansas State University

Kenyon College

Linn-Benton Community College

Purdue University

St. John’s College (Annapolis and Santa Fe)

University of Chicago

University of Richmond


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  1. Larry F Silbaugh

    Hillsdale Collage should also be on this list.

    • Rodney Johnson

      Agreed! Although the institution is not on the original list at Reason.com, it definitely belongs on any list of universities promoting free speech.

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