Auburn is ranked, conservatively, as the most conservative student body in the country according to a survey published in the newest edition of the Princeton Review “Best Colleges” guidebook.
The book ranks schools across 67 categories based on survey data taken from some 126,000 students at participating schools. The methodology is not without its critics, but you can read more about how they came to their conclusions.
The conservative ranking is based off answers to the question “Politically, are you: left-wing, Democrat, middle, Republican, right-wing?”
Auburn also finds itself ranked at 11 in the “jock schools” category (concerning the popularity on campus of varsity and intramural sports and Greek life) and 13th in school spirit packing the stadium. “How popular are intercollegiate sports at your school?” (Told you their methodology has critics.)
The Tigers were also ranked fourth for student-community relations. (“How well do students at your college get along with members of the local community?”) Auburn ranked No. 14 in unfriendliness to LGBT students, which is a community acceptance measure based on the question “Do students, faculty, and administrators at your college treat all persons equally regardless of their sexual orientations and gender identity/expression?”
Princeton Review says the average incoming freshman’s GPA at Auburn is a 3.8. The average on campus is 3.78.
And there is some good news for our friends from across the state. The “University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa” was, in last year’s book, sitting at the top of the “Students Least Likely to Study” category. They’ve been bumped to ninth this year. The incoming GPA at Alabama is a respectable 3.6 with an average on campus GPA of 3.57.
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