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Harvard was ranked last for free speech. Here’s what the students are saying

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard University landed dead last on a survey ranking free speech on college campuses, but most students Fox News spoke with said they felt the school was a safe space for self-expression.

“I think that free speech is pretty much encouraged,” Verda said.

“I really don’t think it’s as bad as people say,” Benny said. “I’ve had conversations with many people who do think it’s that bad but me personally, I think I have a lot of different takes, you know progressive or conservative, in either direction, and I don’t feel uncomfortable saying anything I believe.”

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According to the FIRE data, which surveyed over 55,000 students from 248 colleges, there are roughly 3.3 liberal students for every conservative student on campus at Harvard. (Sergi Reboredo/VW Pics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

FIRE researchers found that 26% of Harvard students said it’s never acceptable to shout down a speaker to silence them, while 41% said it’s sometimes or always acceptable. They also reported that there are roughly 3.3 liberal students for every conservative student on campus.

“I’m in STEM, so there’s not many controversial topics that come up very much,” Angelica told Fox News. “But from what I hear from my friends, they do feel free to express themselves in a safe space.”

“It’s a really diverse school, and a lot of people come from different backgrounds,” Truman said. “A lot of people around my dorm are first gen kids, and it’s nice to hear a lot of different perspectives, and I don’t feel like my voice is being hindered by the school.”

Ramiro Vargas contributed to the accompanying video.

Kassy Dillon is a reporter for Digital Originals. You can reach her at kassy.dillon@fox.com and follow her on Twitter at @kassydillon.

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