For most of these campuses, it's easy to tell where the political ideology rests. And in Beyonce's words (though politics wasn't the conversation, exactly), it's "to the left, to the left."

Here are the 2012 rankings for the most liberal colleges in America as determined by Newsweek and College Prowler. Newsweek said it partnered with College Prowler to have students rank their schools by how liberal they felt the philosophy on campus was.


Click through to see the top 15 most liberal schools in the country. Any surprises?

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  • 15. Wesleyan University

    Middletown, Connecticut Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wesolin.jpg" target="_hplink">Ychennay </a>

  • 14. Hendrix College

    Conway, Arkansas

  • 13. SUNY Purchase College

    Purchase, New York

  • 12. Marlboro College

    Brattleboro, Vermont

  • 11. Mills College

    Oakland, California

  • 10. Swarthmore College

    Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

  • 9. Bard College

    Annandale-On-Hudson, New York Photo Credit:<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bard_College_-_IMG_8004.JPG" target="_hplink"> Daderot</a>

  • 8. Grinnell College

    Grinnell, Iowa Photo Credit:<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Grinnell_002.JPG" target="_hplink"> Aureliusxv</a>

  • 7. Vassar College

    Poughkeepsie, New York Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Thompson_Library_(Vassar_College).jpg" target="_hplink">Noteremote </a>

  • 6. Smith College

    Northampton, Massachusetts

  • 5. Macalester College

    Saint Paul, Minnesota Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Old_Main-Macalester.jpg" target="_hplink">Evenjk</a>

  • 4. Hampshire College

    Amherst, Massachusetts Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hampshire_College_Dakin_Dorm.jpg" target="_hplink">Wondermut2k6 </a>

  • 3. Oberlin College

    Oberlin, Ohio Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Oberlin_music2.jpg" target="_hplink">Aude</a>

  • 2. Sarah Lawrence College

    Bronxville, New York Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Westlands.JPG" target="_hplink">SaidieLou</a>

  • 1. Warren Wilson College

    Swannanoa, North Carolina Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Farm_copy.jpg" target="_hplink">Fatride</a>