LGBTQ-friendly college list announced for 2018. Which states made the cut?

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Campus Pride released its “Best of the Best” Top 30 LGBTQ-friendly college list yesterday.

The extensive resource list highlights the campuses across the nation setting the tone for the “highest standards for LGBTQ-inclusion in policy, program and practice,” according to the organization.

Also, for the first time in its history, the organization chose to also recognize a Top 5 community college as one of the “Best of the Best” on their LGBTQ-friendly list.

Campus Pride chose the 30 campuses this year based on their overall ratings on the Campus Pride Index and specific LGBTQ-inclusive benchmark measures. In addition, the Top 5 community colleges and two year colleges were the highest overall rating for these campuses.

The Campus Pride Index, currently 330+ campuses, 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

University of Washington made the Campus Pride cut in 2018.
University of Washington made the Campus Pride cut in 2018. Campus Pride

Campus Pride works alongside students, faculty, staff, and administrators at 1400+ campuses annually to help support and improve the quality of campus life for LGBTQ people.

“LGBTQ youth and families want to know what campuses are doing when it comes to inclusive policies, programs and practices – not only for four year colleges, but also two year colleges,” said Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride and creator of the Campus Pride Index.

“Campus Pride is proud at the growing number of campuses that are improving their LGBTQ campus climate and wanting to be the ‘Best of the Best’ each year,” Windmeyer added.

What does it take to make the list? An institution had to score the highest percentages in the LGBTQ-friendly benchmarks for policies, programs and practices.

Who made the cut? Well, these guys (in alphabetical order).

Augsburg University – Minneapolis, MN
Elon University – Elon, NC
Guilford College – Guilford, NC
Harvey Mudd College – Claremont, CA
Indiana University Bloomington – Bloomington, IN
Ithaca College – Ithaca, NY
Kansas State University – Manhattan, KS
Lehigh University – Bethlehem, PA
Macalester College – Saint Paul, MN
Montclair State University – Montclair, NJ
The Ohio State University – Columbus, OH
The Pennsylvania State University – University Park, PA
Portland State University – Portland, OR
Princeton University – Princeton, NJ
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick – New Brunswick, NJ
San Diego State University – San Diego, CA
Southern Oregon University – Ashland, OR
Tufts University – Medford, MA
University of Colorado at Boulder – Boulder, CO
University of Kentucky – Lexington, KY
University of Louisville – Louisville, KY
University of Maryland, College Park – College Park, MD
University of Massachusetts Amherst – Amherst, MA
University of Oregon – Eugene, OR
University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA
University of Washington – Seattle, WA
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, WI
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, WI
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI
Washington State University – Pullman, WA

Community College List
College of Lake County
– Grayslake, IL
North Seattle College – Seattle, WA
Pellissippi State Community College – Knoxville, TN
Red Rocks Community College – Lakewood, CO
SUNY Rockland Community College – Suffern, NY

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