The Home School Court Report
No. 3

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by David Halbrook
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PHC Named Among “Top Conservative Colleges”

Young America’s Foundation (YAF) has included Patrick Henry College in its 2009–2010 list of “Top Conservative Colleges,” the sixth annual directory for parents and students seeking quality conservative colleges. The announcement was made on March 11, 2010, at a special gathering of conservative college presidents, deans, and students at YAF’s Reagan Ranch headquarters outside Santa Barbara, California.

Thirteen other schools were included in the list: Christendom College, College of the Ozarks, Franciscan University, Grove City College, Harding University, Hillsdale College, The King’s College, Liberty University, Regent University, Saint Vincent College, Thomas Aquinas College, Thomas More College, and Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Dr. Walker at YAF

Patrick Henry College President Graham Walker addresses colleagues and college students at YAF’s Reagan Ranch headquarters outside Santa Barbara, California.

“We produce our list in response to frequently asked questions received from parents and students looking for an alternative to the politically correct state and private universities that are, today, the norm in our country,” said Roger Custer, YAF’s conference director. “The schools on our list offer a more holistic, true liberal education, allowing students to consider all ideas and decide for themselves what’s true and good, rather that just presenting one side of the story, which is usually a leftist side of the story.”

The YAF list, he said, is intended as an alternative to traditional “best colleges” lists featuring schools that “deluge students with a culture of political correctness and subject matters peripheral to the values of our country, such as postmodernism, Marxism, feminism, and all manner of gender studies.” Only colleges that foster an atmosphere “friendly to the conservative lifestyle and ideals” are celebrated on YAF’s list.

Patrick Henry College President Dr. Graham Walker traveled to Reagan Ranch for the presentation ceremony.



Custer cited the many PHC student interns who have worked alongside the YAF in recent years as proof of the college's conservative credentials, and an important factor in PHC's candidacy.

“A number of PHC interns have attended our programs,” he explained. “We’ve been very impressed with those students and, personally, it just gives me hope for our country that such dedicated young people with conservative principles are learning about the founding principles of our country. Everyone at YAF finds it very encouraging.”

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About the author

David Halbrook is the director of communications at Patrick Henry College.