Our Mission: Inspiring college students to discover, embrace, and advance the principles and virtues that make America free and prosperous
We cultivate a vibrant community of students, faculty, and alumni and teach foundational principles that are rarely taught in the classroom—the core ideas behind the free market, the American Founding, and Western civilization.
In the early 1950s, we recognized the gaping void in higher education. Progressive ideas were in vogue; conservative ones were ignored or attacked. (Sound familiar?)
Under the leadership of our first president, a young journalist named William F. Buckley Jr., we began mentoring young men and women to become eloquent defenders of the principles of liberty.
And that’s exactly what we do today.
You don’t have to look far to see the problems plaguing America’s college campuses. A hollowed-out curriculum. Attacks on free speech. Students who feel isolated and even threatened if they question progressive orthodoxy.
Thoughtful students turn to ISI to receive the education they thought they signed up for but aren’t getting at their schools.
We don’t train activists; we educate talented, intellectually curious students and bring them in to our vibrant intellectual community.
Our graduates become leaders in their communities, in their states, and on the national and global stages. Thousands of thoughtful, principled leaders have come through ISI’s programs, including Supreme Court justices Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito, PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel, Reason magazine editor Katherine Mangu-Ward, Hillsdale College president Larry Arnn, and Heritage Foundation founder Ed Feulner.
If you yearn for wisdom, for thoughtful discussion, and for a tight community of lasting influence, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ll introduce you to the rich traditions of liberty, connect you with a vibrant community, and help you become an effective advocate for timeless principles.
Join our community today to start filling the void in your own education. We can’t wait to have you!