August 15, 2014 at 8:00 am EST | by Mariah Cooper
Top 50 LGBT-friendly colleges
LGBT-friendly colleges, gay news, Washington Blade

Campus Pride has released its list of the Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges.

Campus Pride, a non-profit organization aimed at creating more LGBT-friendly colleges and universities, has released its list of the Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges. University of Maryland, College Park is the only local school to make the list. (Campus Pride is announcing the list in conjunction with the Washington Blade and Huffington Post.)

Shane Windmeyer, one of the founders of Campus Pride, was also one of the researchers for the list. He says he hopes high school students and their families can look at the list to help determine which institution is best, and safest, for their needs.

The list was compiled from those schools that achieved the highest ratings in categories such as LGBT academic life, LGBT student life, LGBT housing and more.

Dr. Marliee Lindemann, former director of the LGBT Studies program at University of Maryland, is excited for the school’s inclusion on the list. She believes that the school’s extensive LGBT studies program with a major and minor certificate is one of the reasons Maryland made the list. She also credits Maryland’s gender-inclusive housing, students sharing the same housing regardless of sex, gender or gender identity, as another reason for Maryland’s LGBT success.

“We’ve gotten very active in the LGBT community on campus,” she says. “The university has made a lot of wonderful recent progress. We’re very proud.”

University of Maryland, College Park also made the list in 2012 and 2013.

Campus Pride bills itself as the leading national organization for creating safer, more LGBT-friendly colleges and universities. In 2007, the national nonprofit launched its LGBT-Friendly Campus Pride Index to serve as a benchmark of LGBT-inclusive policies, programs and practices across the country. For the last seven years, about 600 colleges and universities (public, private, two-year and four-year) have utilized the online assessment tool to improve safety and overall campus climate for LGBT students.

The primary goals of the LGBT-Friendly Campus Pride Index are to establish a national standard for improving the quality of life for LGBT students and allies on college campuses and to assist campuses in becoming more LGBT-friendly. The index rates colleges and universities using a five (highest) to one (lowest) star rating system. A school may choose to “come out” on the Index at anytime. Not all colleges/universities that take the index have chosen to list their information to the public.

This year’s list is here but visit campusprideindex.com for information on more than 400 LGBT-friendly colleges and universities.

Amherst College
Augsburg College
Brown University
Central Washington University
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Emory University
Harvard University
Indiana University
Ithaca College
Macalester College
Northern Arizona University
Oberlin College
Oregon State University
Pomona College
Portland State University
Princeton University
Rutgers University
San Diego State University
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Southern Oregon University
Stanford University
Syracuse University
The Ohio State University
The Pennsylvania State University
Tulane University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Central Florida
University of Chicago
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 Rhode Island
University of Southern California
University of Vermont
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Warren Wilson College
Washington State University
Washington University in St. Louis
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