College Free Speech Rankings

Presented by FIRE and College Pulse, the 2022 College Free Speech Rankings is the largest survey of campus free expression ever performed. 

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College Rankings

FIRE’s 2022 College Free Speech Rankings are based on the voices of more than 44,000 currently enrolled students at 208 colleges and are designed to help parents and prospective students choose the right school.

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Rank School Overall Speech Code
1 University of Chicago Private 77.92/100 Green
2 Kansas State University Public 76.2/100 Green
3 Purdue University Public 75.81/100 Green
4 Mississippi State University Public 74.72/100 Green
5 Oklahoma State University - Stillwater Public 74.35/100 Yellow
6 Claremont McKenna College Private 72.65/100 Green
7 University of North Carolina - Greensboro Public 68.72/100 Green
8 Northern Arizona University Public 68.5/100 Green
9 North Carolina State University - Raleigh Public 67.93/100 Green
10 Oregon State University Public 67.42/100 Green
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2022 College Free Speech Rankings


This report expands the 2021 sample size to more than 44,000 students attending 208 colleges and universities. The body of this report contains three following sections. First, it presents the College Free Speech Rankings. Next, it compares the top five and bottom five schools in the College Free Speech Rankings in detail. Finally, it presents analyses of the free speech attitudes and experiences of the college students surveyed at the national level.

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’22-’23 Free Speech Rankings Report: Explained


On September 7 2022, FIRE, in partnership with College Pulse, released the third annual College Free Speech Rankings, ranking the speech climates of 203 of America’s largest and most prestigious campuses in order from top (the University of Chicago) to bottom (Columbia University). This course reviews how to interpret the rankings, this year’s findings, why FIRE does these rankings, and what this year’s report can do for you.

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