Of the institutions included in the ranking, the University of Chicago is considered the best campus for free speech and DePauw University in Indiana the worst.
Seven of the top 10 colleges are public state universities, and undergraduate enrollment is above 15,000 at each of those seven.
60% of students can recall at least one time during their college experience when they did not share their perspective for fear of how others would respond.
While 57% of students say their college would defend a speakers right to express his or her views in the case of a controversy over offensive expression, a disturbingly large minority, 42%, believe their college would punish the speaker for making the statement. Over 45% of college students identified race as a challenging topic to discuss on campus, the highest of any controversial topic asked about.
Students assessment of free speech on campus is, at least in part, driven by their political ideology, and whether or not they align with the majority viewpoint at their college.