Top 30 LGBTQ-friendly campuses includes three in New Jersey

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Campus Pride released its annual “Best of the Best” Top 30 list of the LGBTQ-friendly campuses across the nation. The listing showcases top-rated colleges and universities with LGBTQ-inclusive policies, programs and practices. Three were in the Garden State.

For eight years, the listing has highlighted the most LGBTQ-inclusive colleges and universities. This year, Campus Pride chose thirty campuses to highlight based on their overall ratings on the Index and specific LGBTQ-inclusive benchmark measures.

Campus_Pride_logoThe Campus Pride Index is a national benchmarking tool which self-assesses LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs and practices. The tool is free of charge and can be found online at www.CampusPrideIndex.org.

Currently there are over 235+ colleges and universities listed online with searchable profiles to learn more about their LGBTQ-friendly programs and services. Any college can participate in the free resource.

“Prospective students and their families today expect colleges to be LGBTQ-friendly. They want to know what LGBTQ programs, services and resources are available on the campus – and which are the ‘Best of the Best,’” said Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride. “Now more than ever, there are colleges that are recruiting LGBTQ youth – and they are investing in a campus that is fully supportive of LGBTQ students. This Top 30 list showcases those ‘Top’ campuses leading the way.”

Unlike some other well-known LGBT rankings, the Campus Pride Index is based in research on policy, program and practice and is conducted for and by LGBTQ experts in the field of higher education. Each campus updates their index annually and uses the Campus Pride benchmarking tool to make improvements for LGBT life on campus.

According to Windmeyer, “there is a lot to find for LGBTQ life at these campuses.”

Many of them are specifically addressing recruitment and academic retention efforts for LGBT students as well as concerns for transgender student safety. The campuses listed can also be found this Fall at the Campus Pride LGBTQ-friendly College Fair Program in cities like Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Atlanta, Vancouver and St. Louis.

Learn more online at CampusPride.org/CollegeFair

In order to be in the Top 30 listing, an institution had to score the highest percentages in the LGBT-friendly benchmarks for policies, programs and practices. The listing this year includes colleges with student populations from 807 to over 45,000, public and private schools alike.

The Top 30 list is in alphabetical order, as follows:

Cornell University

Elon University

Harvey Mudd College

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Indiana University, Bloomington

Ithaca College

Macalester College

Montclair State University

Portland State University

Princeton University

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick 

San Diego State University

Southern Oregon University

The Pennsylvania State University

Tufts University

University of California Los Angeles

University of California, Davis

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Louisville

University of Maine at Machias

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

University of Pennsylvania

University of Vermont

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin – Green Bay

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Washington State University

Campus Pride is a national educational organization for LGBTQ and ally college students and campus groups. Learn more online at CampusPride.org.