Campus Pride’s Top 30 LGBT-Friendly List Includes UW, Cornell, Tufts

Campus Pride’s Top 30 LGBT-Friendly List Includes UW, Cornell, Tufts

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Premier listing showcases top-rated colleges and universities with LGBTQ-inclusive policies, programs and practices

Campus Pride announced Monday its 2016 “Best of the Best” Top 30 list of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. For eight years, the listing has highlighted the most LGBTQ-inclusive colleges and universities when it comes to policy, program and practice in higher education.

Campus Pride chose 30 campuses to highlight based on their overall ratings on the Campus Pride Index and specific LGBTQ-inclusive benchmark measures. The Campus Pride Index is the premier national benchmarking tool which self-assesses LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs and practices. The tool is free of charge and can be found online at 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 and creator of the Campus Pride Index. “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 well-known LGBTQ rankings and other commercial ratings, 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 LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ 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

In order to be in the Top 30 listing, an institution had to score the highest percentages in the LGBTQ-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

For more information about the Top 30 listing or the Campus Pride Index, contact Campus Pride at (704) 277-6710 or email



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