Worst List: The Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth

The Worst List identifies the “absolute worst campuses for LGBTQ youth” in the United States. The colleges & universities listed have chosen to openly discriminate against LGBTQ youth and/or have requested Title IX exemptions to perpetuate the harms of religion-based bigotry.  The criterion to be the “absolute worst” campus includes either of the following: 1) Received and/or applied for a Title IX exemption to discriminate against LGBTQ youth and/or 2) Demonstrated past history and track record of anti-LGBTQ actions, programs and practices.

Find LGBTQ-friendly Colleges & Universities: Prospective students and families who are looking for LGBTQ-friendly campuses are encouraged to check out the Campus Pride Index for a free online search database.

 

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Abilene Christian University

Abilene, Texas

Religious Affiliation: Not Listed

Enrollment Size: 3695

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Abilene Christian University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and most recently, implemented an aggressive, discriminatory ban on same-sex relationships for student employees (including same-sex dating) that has created an inhospitable, harmful climate.

As stated on the campus website, those student workers “asked to exemplify and support the university’s mission” — will be barred from dating people of the same sex, similar to how faculty and staff have been for years.

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American Indian College

Phoenix, Arizona

Religious Affiliation: Pentecostal
Denomination: Assemblies of God

Enrollment Size: 86

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Shame List Title IX Exempt

American Indian College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Anderson University

Anderson, South Carolina

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 2325

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Shame List Title IX Exempt

Anderson University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Andrews University

Berrien Springs, Michigan

Religious Affiliation: Adventist
Denomination: Seventh-Day Adventist

Enrollment Size: 1805

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Andrews University has qualified for the Worst List because it has an extensive and well-documented history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination, including opposing student advocacy for LGBTQ homeless youth, along with banning same-sex relationships and official LGBTQ student groups.

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Appalachian Bible College

Mount Hope, West Virginia

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Independent Baptist (unaffiliated)

Enrollment Size: 274

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Shame List Title IX Exempt

Appalachian Bible College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Arlington Baptist University

Arlington, Texas

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: World Baptist Fellowship

Enrollment Size: 265

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Title IX Pending

Arlington Baptist University has qualified for the Worst List because it has applied for an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

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This is in sharp contrast to the written letters issued from the Dept. of Education under the Obama Administration requesting additional information prior to receiving a Title IX exemption, as the letter states:  Primarily, the written "request'' for exemption from an institution is a request for assurance from OCR of exemptions to certain sections of the regulation. Religious institutions that have neither sought nor received prior written acknowledgement from OCR may still invoke their exemption after OCR receives a Title IX complaint. If, however. the College would like written acknowledgement from OCR of its exempt status, the College may submit a statement from its highest-ranking official that identifies the provisions of Title IX that conflict with the specific tenets of the controlling religious organization.

Asbury Theological Seminary

Wilmore, Kentucky

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 1639

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Shame List Title IX Exempt

Asbury Theological Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Asbury University

Wilmore, Kentucky

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 1854

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Shame List Title IX Exempt

Asbury University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: Not Listed

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Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary

Jacksonville , Texas

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Baptist

Enrollment Size: 160

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Shame List Title IX Exempt

Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Belmont Abbey College

Belmont, North Carolina

Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
Denomination: Roman Catholic Church

Enrollment Size: 1711

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Shame List Title IX Exempt

Belmont Abbey College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

Belmont Abbey College currently has no known LGBTQ student group.

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Bethany Global University

Bloomington, Minnesota

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 240

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Shame List Title IX Exempt

Bethany Global University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

Bethel College

Mishawaka, Indiana

Religious Affiliation: Evangelical
Denomination: Christian Missionary Church

Enrollment Size: 2152

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Shame List Title IX Exempt

Bethel College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

Bethlehem College and Seminary

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Converge

Enrollment Size: 200

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Bethlehem College and Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because members of its staff signed onto the Nashville Statement condemning LGBTQ people and using religion-based bigotry to perpetuate stereotypes and harm toward LGBTQ youth.

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Biola University

La Mirada, California

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 6222

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Shame List Title IX Exempt

Biola University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity while still receiving federal funds. Biola University has also qualified for the Worst List because it worked to dismantle SB 1146, a California bill designed to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination at their Christian college or university.

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Blue Mountain College

Blue Mountain, Mississippi

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 544

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Shame List Title IX Exempt