Which Colleges Allow Guns on Campus

By Suzanne Wiley published on in Consumer Information

In June 2015, Texas passed a law (S.B. 11) allowing concealed carry on Texas state colleges and universities. However, public institutions may still place restrictions on where guns are allowed, as well as allowing private schools to keep bans in place.

Recently, the Fort Worth-based private university, Texas Christian University announced it will join Rice University in remaining a gun-free zone. The state’s largest secondary institution—the University of Texas at Austin—has announced its intentions to remain as restrictive by implementing the new law which takes effect August 1, 2016.

Students can carry at the University of Utah. Reported sexual assault is 58 percent less than the national average.

Students can carry at the University of Utah where the reported sexual assault is 58 percent less than the national average.

Because of our personal interest in the topic, the Shooter’s Log has reported on these stories, as well as following developments on new laws introduced allowing campus carry, such as Florida’s H.B. 4001 and S.B. 68. Cheaper Than Dirt!’s home is Texas and many of our writers, contributors, customers, readers, and employees have college-aged children or will some day (too) soon be deciding which school is best and the safest for their kids.

One commenter, Anon E Mous on the article, “In Texas, TCU Opts Out of Campus Carry–Others May Follow,” suggested posting a webpage listing all the campuses in the United Sates that ban guns. But, unfortunately, the majority of the nearly 5,000 colleges and universities strictly prohibit guns anywhere on campus.

It is easier to list which schools and which states allow guns on campus.

According to Students for Concealed Carry, the following states do not allow guns on campus in any way:

  • Washington
  • Wyoming
  • New Mexico
  • Missouri
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Illinois
  • North Carolina
  • Maryland
  • West Virginia
  • Pennsylvania
  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • Rhode Island
  • Maryland
  • Maine
  • Washington D.C.

The following states allow guns in parking lots in locked vehicles only:

  • Nevada
  • Montana
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • South Carolina
  • Arizona

The following states do not ban concealed carry on campus, but place heavy restrictions, require written permission from the university’s president, or let the school choose to opt out:

  • Oregon
  • California (good luck getting permission to carry on any California campus)
  • Kansas
  • North Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • Alabama
  • Wisconsin
  • Indiana
  • Virginia

States that allow concealed carry on campus:

  • Idaho
  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • Mississippi

The following is an incomplete list of schools, gathered from various websites, that allow students and visitors with concealed weapon permits to carry on campus in some form:


  • Central Oregon Community College
  • Chemeketa Community College
  • Clatsop Community College
  • Columbia Gorge Community College
  • Portland Community College
  • Umpqua Community College
  • Oregon Institute of Technology
  • University of Oregon
  • Western Oregon University
  • Clackamas Community College
  • Klamath Community College
  • Lane Community College
  • Linn-Benton Community College
  • Mt. Hood Community College
  • Oregon Coast Community College
  • Rogue Community College
  • Southwestern Oregon Community College
  • Tillamook Bay Community College
  • Treasure Valley Community College
  • Eastern Oregon College
  • Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Oregon State University
  • Portland State University
  • Southern Oregon University
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Bates Technical College
  • Shoreline Community College


  • University of Wisconsin
  • Blackhawk Technical College
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Fox Valley Technical College
  • Gateway Technical College
  • Lakeshore Technical College
  • Madison Area Technical College
  • Mid-State Technical College
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Moraine Park Technical College
  • Nicolet Area Technical College
  • Northcentral Technical College
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
  • Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
  • Waukesha County Technical College
  • Western Technical College
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College


  • Colorado State University
  • Adams State University
  • Arapahoe Community College
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Colorado Northwestern Community College
  • Colorado School of the Mines
  • Community College of Aurora
  • Community College of Denver
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Front Range Community College
  • Lamar Community College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Morgan Community College
  • Northeastern Junior College
  • Otero Community College
  • Pikes Peak Community College
  • Pueblo Community College
  • Red Rocks Community College
  • Trinidad State Junior College
  • Trinidad State Junior College
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado at Denver
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Western Colorado Community College
  • Western Colorado Community College
  • Western State Colorado University


  • Alcorn State University
  • Belhaven University
  • Blue Mountain College
  • Coahoma Community College
  • Copiah-Lincoln Community College
  • Delta State University
  • East Central Community College
  • East Mississippi Community College
  • Hinds Community College
  • Holmes Community College
  • Itawamba Community College
  • Jackson State University
  • Jones County Junior College
  • Meridian Community College
  • Millsaps College
  • Mississippi College
  • Mississippi Delta Community College
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
  • Mississippi State University
  • Mississippi University for Women
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • Northeast Mississippi Community College
  • Northwest Mississippi Community College
  • Pearl River Community College
  • Reformed Theological Seminary
  • Rust College
  • Southeastern Baptist College
  • Southwest Mississippi Community College
  • Tougaloo College
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • Wesley Biblical Seminary
  • William Carey University


  • College of Eastern Utah
  • Dixie State University
  • Salt Lake Community College
  • Snow College
  • Southern Utah University
  • University of Utah
  • Utah State University
  • Utah Valley University
  • Weber State University


Liberty University

As with all articles of this nature, the information provided is as correct as possible at the time of publication and is of course, fluid and constantly changing. Please consult each school before making a final decision regarding its campus carry policy.

If you know of any schools that allow guns on campus that are not listed here, please list them in the comment section.

For more on handgun carry on campus, read the following posts:


Introduced to shooting at young age by her older brother, Suzanne Wiley took to the shooting sports and developed a deep love for it over the years. Today, she enjoys plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (56)

  • Bill


    In North Carolina, a person with a CCL -IS- allowed to have their firearm on any state school campus in a locked box designed for firearms in a locked vehicle. They may both un-holster and re-holster while standing at their vehicle for the purpose of complying with the lock-box requirement.

    Not that this is some sort of special treat … but it IS more liberal than mentioned above.


  • Tim


    Good idea to bring legal action against those that would inhibit second amendment rights, only problem is which do you start with???
    The other problem is that it takes boat loads of money to go to court !!!
    Best to just let the present regime run itself into the ground and hopefully the VOTERS will see the light and elect a real president that will make our country great again!!! If that does not happen we will end up being 3rd world lawless so the second and all amendments will be gone !!!


  • RL Diehl


    Actually, any public business or institution which seeks to inhibit 2nd Amendment rights should be sued by anyone-or their families-who is injured or killed by a criminal because they were not allowed their right of self defense! Maybe a couple of cases like that would show them the light. NRA, ARE YOU LISTENING?


    • Dwal


      RL You hit the nail on the head. I’ve been wondering when the first lawsuits will be filed. I work in a sitting duck zone and have told my loved ones if something like that would happen find the best sleazy lawyer you can and sue the hell out of the state government for which I am employed because I was not allowed to protect myself and denied my 2nd.


  • Dan


    Colleges that ban campus carry should be required to post “attend at your own risk signs all over the campus…at least give folks a heads up.


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