Campus Pride Unveils List of Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges


Campus Pride released its annual list of the top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges and Universities today, revealing that over 80% of participating colleges improved their ratings from the previous year. 

Additionally, the number of campuses located in the South increased as did the number of religiously-affiliated campuses and Minority Serving Institutions. Campus Pride also found that many schools have begun addressing recruitment and academic retention efforts for LGBT students as well as concerns for transgender student safety and accommodations.

“For six years in a row, Campus Pride has seen an increase in the number of campuses coming out as LGBT-friendly and making notable improvements to LGBT academic life, so we decided to honor 50 campuses with our national distinction,” said Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride and the creator of the Campus Pride Index. “Today the Campus Pride Index has over 425 campuses featured online and for the first time ever we have 56 campuses who achieved the highest 5 stars overall rating, the largest number to date.”

Check out the list, AFTER THE JUMP… 

Top 50 List of LGBT-Friendly Colleges and Universities (in alphabetical order)

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

For more information on each campus, visit the Campus Pride Index here.



  1. luminum says

    After the atrocious things that were uncovered about OSU’s marching band culture, they may want to rethink including them…

  2. Jason MacBride says

    The number of campuses in the south INCREASED to three, and that’s if you count New Orleans as part of the south. My head is spinning from the rapid progress.

  3. Tyler says

    As a Santa Cruz grad, let me tell you that it was an extremely gay friendly school. This list seems legit. Also, go Slugs!

  4. BusterLA says

    Have to question a list like this that doesn’t include schools like Bryn Mawr or Smith that were LGBT friendly long before some these schools even thought about it.

  5. EchtKultig says

    Buster for one thing, you can’t be “G” at Bryn Mawr or Smith, unless you’re a professor or administrator. Also it would probably be politically incorrect to conflate single-sex education with lesbianism, even if there are a lot of lesbians in Northampton.
    I’m surprised not to see Vassar, I didn’t go there but I feel like I know or know of several gay and lesbian people who did. I think this list is grading on a curve for places that are “improving”.

  6. Mitch says

    The Twin Cities has a long history of being LGBT-friendly so it’s pleasing, but not entirely surprising, that Minnesota is so well represented on the list!

  7. Hank says

    No NYU? Or Smith??

    I went to to see what their criteria and/or research process might be , and it seems it is simply voluntary self-reporting – filling out a questionnaire – by any one individual who claims to represent a particular school. The website urges you to fill out the form and “get listed” and touts the benefits to your school, for visibility and outreach. There is apparently no research or verification of any kind- and no staff to do it. The organization’s activities seem to be mainly the promotion of the list, and of other publications and workshops created and marketed by a few of its founders.

  8. j says

    what hank said
    it’s a crock –
    this list is meaningless w/out the information on how the schools made the list
    dartmouth yes?

    not bennington?
    not smith?
    not suny purchase or nyu
    who cares

  9. KJ says

    As a Smith College graduate, I KNOW how friendly my alma is to the LGB community. This list is greatly lacking!