2014 List Of Top LGBT Schools Includes More Southern And Religious Campuses

Campus Pride's annual index of LGBT-friendly colleges and universities has expanded this year to show the improvements of more schools across the country.

BY Michelle Garcia

August 15 2014 10:13 AM ET

The best-ranked 50 colleges in the United States for LGBT students were named by Campus Pride Friday, doubling the size of previous years' list to highlight, as the organization says, the "best of the best."

While the colleges in this year's listing of top campuses are slightly concentrated in progressive regions in the country, the organization touts that there are more southern schools in the overall list, as well as more religiously-affiliated campuses and campuses minority-serving institutions.

Shane Windmeyer, the executive director of Campus Pride, said more colleges than ever have been expanding and improving efforts to recruit and keep LGBTQ students, which was why the organization increased the size of this year's list.

"More than ever, colleges today want to be viewed as LGBT-friendly and a welcoming place for all students," Windmeyer said in a statement released Friday. "Upper-level administrators are now understanding how LGBT-friendliness is key to future institutional success. This top 50 list is proof."

The list is a result of a nation-wide survey of colleges, and universities conducted for and by LGBT experts in the field of higher education. About 80 percent of the 425 colleges that participate in the survey showed some form of improvement over last year's scores.  

More information about each college can be found at CampusPride.org.
 
 Amherst College  
 Augsburg College  
 Brown University  
 Central Washington University  
 Connecticut College  
 Cornell University  
 Dartmouth College  
 Emory University  
 Harvard University  
 Indiana University  
 Ithaca College  
 Macalester College  
 Northern Arizona University  
 Oberlin College  
 Oregon State University  
 Pomona College  
 Portland State University  
 Princeton University  
 Rutgers University  
 San Diego State University  
 Southern Illinois University Carbondale  
 Southern Oregon University  
 Stanford University  
 Syracuse University  
 The Ohio State University  
 The Pennsylvania State University  
 Tulane University  
 University of California, Berkeley  
 University of California, Los Angeles  
 University of California, Riverside  
 University of California, Santa Barbara  
 University of California, Santa Cruz  
 University of Central Florida  
 University of Chicago  
 University of Illinois at Chicago  
 University of Maryland, College Park  
 University of Massachusetts, Amherst  
 University of Michigan  
 University of Minnesota - Duluth  
 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities  
 University of Oregon  
 University of Pennsylvania  
 University of Rhode Island  
 University of Southern California  
 University of Vermont  
 University of Washington  
 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee  
 War​r​en Wilson College  
 Washington State University  
 Washington University in St. Louis

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