Campus Pride’s 2020 BEST OF THE BEST LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities

HOW DID WE CHOOSE THE BEST OF THE BEST?

Campus Pride chose the forty campuses this year based on their overall ratings on the Campus Pride Index and specific LGBTQ-inclusive benchmark measures. In order to be in the “Best of the Best” listing, an institution had to score the highest percentages in the LGBTQ-friendly benchmarks for policies, programs and practices.

The Campus Pride Index, currently 395+ campuses, is the premier national benchmarking tool which self-assesses LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs and practices. The tool is free of charge to the public and can be found online at CampusPrideIndex.org.  Campus Pride also launched five years ago, the Campus Pride Sports Index which measures LGBTQ progress in athletics and recreation online. The tool is slowly growing with college sports participants and can be found online at CampusPrideSportsIndex.org

WHY THIS LISTING IS VALUABLE TO LGBTQ YOUTH & FAMILIES?

For the last decade, Campus Pride continues to be the most trusted, reliable educational resource for students and families to find the best campuses for LGBTQ inclusion and safety. The organization 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. The ‘Best of the Best’ highlights the Top 40 this year across six regions throughout the country,’” 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 ‘coming out’ and wanting to be the ‘Best of the Best’ each year.”

WHERE CAN I FIND THESE & OTHER LGBTQ-FRIENDLY COLLEGES?

Many of these BEST OF THE BEST campuses and others on the Campus Pride Index will be featured during Campus Pride’s LGBTQ-friendly college fair program and via online “Campus Spotlight” interviews this Fall.  Learn more online at CampusPride.org/CollegeFair

Any questions or more information, please contact Campus Pride by phone at 704-277-6710 or by email info@campuspride.org

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The BEST OF THE BEST Top 40  list is listed by region (not in any particular order). Please click on the name of the campus to learn more specifics about their LGBTQ-inclusive policies, programs and practices.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick

New Brunswick, NJ

University of Maryland, College Park

College Park, MD

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

MIDWEST REGION

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Carbondale, IL

Indiana University, Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

Eau Claire, WI

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

University of Wisconsin – Green Bay

Green Bay, WI

The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

Kent State University

Kent, OH

Augsburg University (formerly Augsburg College)

Minneapolis, MN

Macalester College

Saint Paul, MN

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

NEW ENGLAND REGION

Tufts University

Medford, MA

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, MA

University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

MIT

Cambridge, MA

SOUTHEAST REGION

Guilford College

Greensboro, NC

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY

Elon University

Elon, NC

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

SOUTHWEST REGION

University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, TX

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

WEST REGION

University of Washington

Seattle, WA

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

Portland State University

Portland, OR

University of Colorado at Boulder

Boulder, CO

Southern Oregon University

Ashland, OR

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

Washington State University

Pullman, WA

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA