I just noticed that we have gotten a few visits from the internet search engine query “colleges with lots of LDS people” and similar searches.
I don’t think that there’s currently anything on the site that answers that question. And it’s certainly a potentially useful thing to know. Here is my two cents on the subject, and if enough commenters weigh in, maybe we can get a good idea of where colleges are that have lots of LDS members.
I attended Arizona State University as an undergraduate. There was a large, thriving LDS community at ASU. The institute had great teachers (as well as prime institute-students-only close-to-campus parking, a nice incentive if I’ve ever seen one). The institute regularly had social activities as well, and there was lots to do with nearby institute groups too (such as at Mesa Community College).
I went to law school at Columbia. There were 20 to 30 LDS students at Columbia law when I was there. In addition, there was always a number of students attending Columbia’s other schools (undergraduate and other graduate programs). The historian (and T & S guest-blogger) Richard Bushman is a professor at Columbia. (There were no LDS professors at the law school). There are eight wards in Manhattan, as well as many wards in the surrounding areas; there are about ten thousand members in the greater New York area, I believe.
That’s all the relevant information that I have; the floor is open for commenters to flesh out this discussion.