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  •  Why is that actually? (0+ / 0-)

    You'd think a public college in NoVa would have more liberal kids. But in my experience as well people from GMU are more likely than not to be conservative.

    I suspect it's all the hicks and religious nuts from the outlying areas (Loudoun, PW, Fauquier, Culpeper) that end up going to that school by default, while the NoVa kids have had a better education and end up at UVa or somewhere out of state.

    There's also the GMU econ department which seems to have taken over the old U of Chicago role of hiring all the lunatics. And the law school was also built as a conservative enclave.

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    by cville townie on Tue Nov 04, 2008 at 12:13:21 PM PST

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    •  I think it really depends (0+ / 0-)

      I'm double-majoring in English and History....... I'd say that almost all of the English students I meet are overwhelmingly pretty progressive and liberal.  In my History courses, there's definitely some more conservative folks (especially in courses like "US Foreign Policy from WWI to Iraq") but even then, there's plenty of pretty progressive students as well.

      I would say the student body itself is quite diverse, and isn't necessarily overwhelmingly conservative. As people have noted, certain departments and the law school are certainly more conservative, and there are some right-wing think tanks/etc. that are funded, but that's the extent of it.  

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