Nearly 100 LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities have registered to attend the nine Campus Pride LGBTQ-Friendly college fairs happening coast-to-coast and online.
By attending the Campus Pride LGBTQ-Friendly College Fairs, campuses are coming out as LGBTQ-friendly. An increasing number of colleges and universities are openly recruiting LGBTQ students, highlighting the programs, policies and practices LGBTQ students need. The campuses attending these college fairs understand the value of their LGBTQ students, and want to promote and uplift these students. These campuses are working on important and necessary programs for their LGBTQ students such as active LGBTQ student organizations, LGBTQ-specific scholarships, inclusive healthcare policies and simplified name changing policies.
Check out the colleges and universities attending the Campus Pride LGBTQ-Friendly College Fairs as of September 19, 2015 below! (Listed in alphabetical order).
|Adler University||Knox College||UNC Asheville|
|Antioch University||Lawrence University||UNC Charlotte|
|Bennington College||Life University||Union College|
|Bentley University||Longwood University||Univeristy at Albany (SUNY)|
|Bridgewater State University||Massachusetts College of Art and Design||University of Alabama at Birmingham|
|Bryant University||Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts||University of California, Santa Barbara|
|California State University, Chico||Montclair State University||University of California, Santa Cruz|
|Cape Cod Community College||National College of Natural Medicine||University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)|
|Case Western Reserve University||New York University||University of Iowa|
|Colorado State University||Newbury College||University of Maine @ Farmington|
|Columbia College Chicago||Northeastern Illinois University||University of Maryland, College Park|
|CSU Long Beach, Univ. Outreach & School Relations||Northern Arizona University||University of Massachusetts Amherst|
|Dartmouth College||Northern Illinois University||University of Massachusetts Dartmouth|
|East Carolina University||Penn State University||University of Miami|
|Eastern Washington University||Prescott College||University of Northern Iowa|
|Elon University||Purchase College – SUNY||University of Oregon|
|Emerson College||Purdue University||University of Pennsylvania|
|Ferris State University||Queens University of Charlotte||University of Richmond|
|Fitchburg State University||Ramapo College of New Jersey||University of San Diego|
|Framingham State University||Reed College||University of the Pacific|
|Franklin & Marshall College||Rhodes College||University of Vermont|
|Fresno State||Richmond, The American International University in London||UT Austin|
|Georgia College & State University||San Diego State University||Vanderbilt University|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||St. Lawrence University||Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Gettysburg College||Sterling College (VT)||Warren Wilson College|
|Grand Valley State University||Suffolk University||Wells College|
|Guilford College||SUNY Potsdam||Wentworth Institute of Technology|
|Gustavus Adolphus College||SUNY Westchester Community College||West Chester University|
|Hanover College||The Evergreen State College||Wheaton College|
|Hobart and William Smith Colleges||The University of Maine at Machias||William Peace University|
|Illinois Wesleyan University||Tribeca Flashpoint College||Winthrop University|
|Ithaca College||Trinity College|
|IUPUI||UMBC-University of Maryland, Baltimore County|
Increasingly, LGBTQ students, their families and their allies are actively seeking campuses that they can guarantee will be a safe and welcoming environment for themselves and their peers. When a campus attends a Campus Pride LGBTQ-Friendly college fair, they are showing that the LGBTQ community is a group they respect and will work hard to provide with a safe and welcoming environment. This can mean the difference between a student having access to the tools they need to be truly successful and a student being in an environment that does not validate who they are or what they need.
Many of the campuses featured at the college fairs are listed on the Campus Pride Index, a national listing of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. The campuses listed on the Index are rated for their ability to fully understand the needs of their LGBTQ students. This index is the only one of its kind, and the benchmarks it sets have become a national standard for campuses that want to become safer and more welcoming for its LGBTQ students. The Index, which was upgraded in Summer 2015 to include higher benchmarks for LGBTQ-friendliness, has over 200 campuses listed for free for students and families to explore before attending the college fairs.
The Campus Pride LGBTQ-Friendly College Fair kicked off its eighth season at the Charlotte, N.C., in partnership with Charlotte Pride. The fair, which featured 12 college and university campuses and representatives from Campus Pride and the Point Foundation, reached hundreds of prospective LGBTQ students and their families.
Throughout the school year, Campus Pride will host seven more college fairs in Roanoke, Va.; Boston; Los Angeles; Washington; Atlanta; Vancouver, Wash.; New York and Chicago. If you can’t make it to those physical locations, Campus Pride will host an online college fair on March 17, 2016. Overall, the nine college fairs will have over 150 attendees, with several of the 100 unique campuses attending two or more college fairs in order to maximize their visibility to LGBTQ students, their families and their allies.
Other sponsors of the Campus Pride LGBTQ-Friendly College Fairs include Roanoke Pride, BAGLY, Atlanta Pride, Models of Pride, Teach for America, Washington State University Vancouver and the YES Program of the NY LGBT Community Center.
For more information on times, locations and attending colleges of all nine college fairs, visit our college fair website. The page will be updated weekly as more colleges and universities register to attend.
Is your campus missing from the list? There is still time for campuses to register to attend the college fairs. If you are a campus representative that wants to register, visit our college fair registration website for more information. Discounted rates are available for those who register early.
If you are a campus representative interested in becoming listed on the Campus Pride Index, create your account at the Campus Pride Index for approval. If you have any questions regarding the Campus Pride LGBTQ-Friendly College Fair or the Campus Pride Index, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at (704) 277-6710.
Campus Pride freelance writer Allison Marie Turner, an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, contributed to this article. Follow her on Twitter @amturner1993.
Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization for LGBTQ and ally college students and campus groups building future leaders and safer, more LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. The organization provides resources and services to thousands of college students and nearly 1400 campuses annually. Learn more online at CampusPride.org.