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Princeton Review rates 20 most LGBT friendly, unfriendly colleges

Emerson College in Boston most LGBT-friendly 2 years in a row
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Princeton Review on Monday released its annual rankings of “The Best 378 Colleges” on Monday, and for the second consecutive year, named Emerson College in Boston as the most LGBT-friendly college in the nation.

The annual survey asked 126,000 students at 378 top colleges to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their experiences at them.

Emerson College, Boston, Mass.

Following is Princeton Review’s list of the 20 most LGBT-friendly colleges and universities in the U.S.:

  1. Emerson College (Boston, Mass.)
  2. Warren Wilson College (Asheville, N.C.)
  3. New College of Florida (Sarasota, Fla.)
  4. Stanford University (Stanford, Calif.)
  5. University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, Wis.)
  6. Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio)
  7. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (Needham, Mass.)
  8. Smith College (Northampton, Mass.)
  9. New York University
  10. Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
  11. Wellesley College (Wellesley, Mass.)
  12. Bennington College (Bennington, Vt.)
  13. University of Chicago
  14. Yale University (New Haven, Conn.)
  15. Carleton College (Northfield, Minn.)
  16. Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, N.Y.)
  17. Macalester College (St. Paul, Minn.)
  18. Pitzer College (Claremont, Calif.)
  19. Marlboro College (Marlboro, Vt.)
  20. Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa)

The list of most LGBT unfriendly schools is largely a repeat of last year with 16 returning schools and four replacements (in bold):

  1. Grove City College, (Grove City, Pa.)
  2. Hampden-Sydney College (Hampden-Sydney, Va.)
  3. College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, Mo.)
  4. Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.)
  5. University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Ind.)
  6. Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah)
  7. Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
  8. Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
  9. University of Rhode Island (Kingston, R.I.)
  10. University of Dallas (Irving, Texas)
  11. Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas)
  12. Baylor University (Waco, Texas)
  13. Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.)
  14. Auburn University (Auburn, Ala.)
  15. Colgate University (Hamilton, N.Y.)
  16. Wofford College (Spartanburg, S.C.)
  17. Hillsdale College (Hillsdale, Mich.)
  18. Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.)
  19. Pepperdine University (Malibu, Calif.)
  20. University of Wyoming (Laramie, Wyo.)

The Princeton Review reports the top 20 colleges in these and 60 other categories in the 2014 edition of its book “The Best 378 Colleges,” published annually since 1992.

The survey asks students 80 questions about their school’s academics, administration, student body, and themselves. The ranking methodology uses a five-point Likert scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons.

The Princeton Review is a privately held education services company based in Framingham, Mass., and is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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11 more reader comments:

  1. Princeton??? LOL That is where the head of NOM works. That´s hilarious.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 7:38pm
  2. Robert P. George is on the staff at Princeton University. I hope they rated themselves at 1000 on a scale of 1 to 1000.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 7:38pm
  3. You should read the article before commenting: “The Princeton Review is a privately held education services company based in Framingham, Mass., and is not affiliated with Princeton University.”

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 7:42pm
  4. The gentleman (Randy) is right :)

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 8:00pm
  5. No shock C of O is on the unfriendly list. LOL

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 8:00pm
  6. 2 of the schools on the unfriendly list are here in Michigan! Calvin and Hillsdale but really not surprised based on their ultra conservative, religious affiliations!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 8:35pm
  7. I´m REALLY glad I left Texas ans am going to college in Pittsburgh. A lot of the most LGBT unfriendly ones are super close to where I grew up, and now I go to Chatham University, which I really think should be on the friendly list.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 8:43pm
  8. Utah will NEVER be an LGBTQ friendly University. Don´t ever expect Gold from Sand. They have a ´moral´ code that they go by and they don´t sway far from it — far.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 8:49pm
  9. So proud of my alma mater, Warren Wilson College, #2, well deserved!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:47am
  10. Good to see UW-Madison on there!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:59am
  11. Glad Georgia Tech isn´t on the unfriendly list!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:02am