Campus Pride releases list of top 25 LGBT-friendly colleges

Posted on 22 Aug 2013 at 11:29am

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Campus Pride released its list of 25 most LGBT-friendly campuses this week. No Texas schools made the list. The rankings are based on eight criteria:

1. LGBT Policy Inclusion
2. LGBT Support & Institutional Commitment
3. LGBT Academic Life
4. LGBT Student Life
5. LGBT Housing
6. LGBT Campus Safety
7. LGBT Counseling & Health
8. LGBT Recruitment and Retention Efforts

The Princeton Review’s top and bottom 20 campus lists were released earlier this month. That ranking is based on student opinion of the atmosphere on campus and comes from an unscientific sampling.

Campus Pride asks five to eight questions in each of the above categories to get a pretty clear picture of LGBT life on campus.

Campus Pride ranks schools on five-star rating system. It reports that more than 80 percent of the colleges that participated improved their scores this year. This year, 53 schools got five stars.

Here’s their ranking of the top 25 in alphabetical order:

• Carleton College
• Case Western Reserve University
• Connecticut College
• Ithaca College
• Macalester College
• Oberlin College
• Portland State University
• Princeton University
• Rutgers University
• Southern Oregon University
• Stanford University
• The Ohio State University
• University of California, Riverside
• University of California, Santa Cruz
• University of Illinois at Chicago
• University of Maryland, College Park
• University of Massachusetts, Amherst
• University of Michigan
• University of Minnesota — Duluth
• University of Minnesota — Twin Cities
• University of Oregon
• University of Pennsylvania
• University of Southern California
• University of Washington
• Washington State University

Only four schools made both the Campus Pride and Princeton lists: Carleton, Macalester, Oberlin and Stanford.

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