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Princeton Review updates list of 20 most LGBT friendly, unfriendly colleges

Princeton Review updates list of 20 most LGBT friendly, unfriendly colleges
Stanford University
Princeton Review ranks Stanford University as the nation’s most LGBT-friendly college.

The Princeton Review has released its annual list of “The Best 379 Colleges,” ranking Stanford University in California as the most LGBT-friendly college in the nation.

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The annual survey asked 130,000 students at 379 top colleges to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their experiences at them. Students were asked 80 questions about their school and themselves during the 2013-14 and/or previous two school years. An average of 343 students per school were surveyed.

The review contains 62 “Top-20” lists gauging student satisfaction with professors, financial aid awards, athletic facilities, food and other factors.

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

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

Continue reading for a list of the 20 most LGBT unfriendly schools

College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo., is ranked by the Princeton Review as the most LGBT-unfriendly campus in the nation.
College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo., is ranked by the Princeton Review as the most LGBT-unfriendly campus in the nation.

The list of most LGBT unfriendly schools is largely a repeat of last year with 15 returning schools and five replacements (in bold):

  1. College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, Mo.)
  2. Grove City College (Grove City, Pa.)
  3. Wheaton College (IL) (Wheaton, Ill.)
  4. Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah)
  5. Hampden-Sydney College (Hampden-Sydney, Va.)
  6. Wake Forest University (Winston Salem, N.C.)
  7. Pepperdine University (Malibu, Calif.)
  8. Wofford College (Spartanburg, S.C.)
  9. University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Ind.)
  10. Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
  11. Baylor University (Waco, Texas)
  12. Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.)
  13. Auburn University (Auburn, Ala.)
  14. University of Tennessee (Knoxville, Tenn.)
  15. Gordon College (Wenham, Mass.)
  16. Hillsdale College (Hillsdale, Mich.)
  17. Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, Pa.)
  18. Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.)
  19. Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas)
  20. University of Mississippi (University, Miss.)

Last year’s rankings are here.

The Princeton Review is a privately held education services company based in Natick, Mass., and is not affiliated with Princeton University. It has published its “best colleges: report annually since 1992.

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“Our purpose is not to crown one college ‘best’ overall or to rank these distinctive schools 1 to 379 on any single topic,” said Princeton Review senior vice president Robert Franek. “We present our 62 ranking lists to give applicants the broader base of campus feedback to choose the college that’s best for them.”

Other No. 1 spots: Syracuse University in New York claimed the title of nation’s top party school; Elon University in North Carolina as best-run college; Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., for its dorms; and Yale University for best newspaper.

The website Campus Pride also maintains a resource index of LGBT-friendly schools across the country.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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