Princeton Review releases list of most and least gay-friendly colleges


There are multiple issues to consider when looking at colleges; Princeton Review’s annual list, which covers both two-year colleges and four-year universities, rate each institution on multiple criteria for the consideration of prospective students, including LGBT-friendliness.

The study is done by analyzing the results of 126,000 surveys, averaging out to about 333 per school, given to students about their schools’ administration, academics, student body, and themselves. Other lists include top party schools, most sober schools, most conservative, and most liberal.

Predictably, schools from California and New England crowded the most LGBT-friendly list, while Southern schools were likely to be rated as least friendly towards the community. However, there were some surprises, such as Warren Wilson College in North Carolina coming in as #2, ahead of California-based Stanford University and even New York University.

On the least LGBT-friendly list, the appearance of Brigham Young University likely surprised no one. On the flip side, the University of Rhode Island ranked as #9, despite being in the state where even the Republican Senators voted in favor of marriage equality.

Not everyone considers the Princeton Review’s findings reliable, however; Campus Pride points out that the surveys include only one question on LGBT issues: students are asked if they agree or disagree with the statement “students, faculty, and administrators treat all persons equally regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.”

The founder and executive director of Campus Pride, Shane Windmeyer, said on their website, “This list is an erroneous indicator of acceptance for LGBT youth and their safety on campus. The majority of students responding to such a question—irrespective of response—will be straight. Their perceptions of equality are likely quite different from those of LGBT students. The Princeton Review should be asking LGBT students about their perceptions of ‘friendliness’ and safety.”

He added, “If students and families do decide to use the Princeton Review as a resource, I would encourage them to compare its rankings for LGBT schools with those available from the research-driven Campus Pride Index—plus, it’s entirely free.”

It should also be noted that the Princeton Review does publish a Gay and Lesbian Guide to College Life, although it isn’t about specific colleges.

The full Princeton Review lists of top twenty most LGBT-friendly and unfriendly colleges are below:

20 Most LGBT-Friendly

01. Emerson College (Boston, MA)
02. Warren Wilson College (Asheville, NC)
03. New College of Florida (Sarasota, FL)
04. Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
05. University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)
06. Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH)
07. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (Needham, MA)
08. Smith College (Northampton, MA)
09. New York University (NY, NY)
10. Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA)
11. Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
12. Bennington College (Bennington, VT)
13. University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
14. Yale University (New Haven, CT)
15. Carleton College (Northfield, MN)
16. Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, NY)
17. Maccalester College (St. Paul, MN)
18. Pitzer College (Claremont, CA)
19. Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT)
20. Grinnell College (Grinnell, IA)

20 Most LGBT-Unfriendly

01. Grove City College (Grove City, PA)
02. Hampden-Sydney College (Hampden Sydney, VA)
03. College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, MO)
04. Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL)
05. University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN)
06. Brigham Young University (Provo, UT)
07. Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC)
08. Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI)
09. University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI)
10. University of Dallas (Irving, TX)
11. Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
12. Baylor University(Waco, TX)
13. Trinity College (Hartford, CT)
14. Auburn University (Auburn, AL)
15. Colgate University (Hamilton, NY)
16. Wofford College (Spartanburg, SC)
17. Hillsdale College (Hillsdale, MI)
18. Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.)
19. Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA)
20. University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY)


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