As for Colleges leaning towards flaming socialism, give me a break.
Eastern Michigan University is an extremely conservative school. Nearly every conversation I overheard in the commons was either about Jesus and his many good deeds or about the Bible and how best to preach it to fellow students. Politics veered hard right, with Lyndon Larouche toadies around every other week handing out fliers. Campus-wide events were either for sports, or for Jesus. Sometimes, Jesus sports.
No, I'm not kidding. I went there for three years.
The most liberal person on campus was probably my planning professor, whose only "socialist" ties would be wearing sandals in the fall, drinking good beer, and hailing from Oregon (The HORROR! State-level planning organization! SOMEONE CALL WALL STREET!)