“Campus Pride” has released its annual “Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Colleges and Universities.” So which colleges have made the list this year? The 25 universities, appearing in no specific order, include Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania of the Ivy League. Also on the list are several prestigious universities including Emory University, Oberlin College, Stanford University, UCLA, the University of California – Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and the University of Michigan.
Rounding out the list of LGBT friendly colleges are Carleton College, Indiana University, Ithaca College, Portland State University, The Ohio State University, The Pennsylvania State University, the University of California – Riverside, the University of California – Santa Barbara, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Maryland – College Park, the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, the University of Oregon, the University of Utah, the University of Vermont, and the University of Washington.
These rankings are based on LGBT-policy inclusion at the universities, student life, academic life, and other factors. At Ivy Coach, we salute the 25 universities that have made “Campus Pride’s” prestigious list as these universities are leaders in the area of LGBT inclusion. If you’re a member of the LGBT community applying to college, these sorts of references are always good to check out. It’s important to know which universities have your back…and which ones don’t. But just because a university isn’t on this list, that doesn’t mean they aren’t welcoming to LGBT students. Many universities have made great strides to make LGBT students feel right at home on their campuses and this list does not recognize each of these individual efforts across our nation. So be sure to use this list as a starting point but to continue your research elsewhere!