This article was published on August 26th, 2019
When researching post-secondary education, it can be very eas to get bogged down by the process. With so many overpriced and for-profit universities to choose from, it is important to know which college is right for you. A degree from a prestigious school could put you hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, and consume up to five years of your life. Selecting the right school is important for you and your future, but for queer students, it is more than just basic education criteria, private or public, location, and State versus Ivy.
If you are a queer student, choosing the right queer college can make or break the rest of your life. But it can be difficult knowing exactly where your university lands in terms of equality, rights, safety, and an inclusive curriculum. Luckily for you, dear gay student, new annual rankings have just been released for colleges in America for 2020.
The Princeton Review’s recent survey published August 6, 2019, named the top 385 colleges in the United States. This new list was compiled entirely from 140,000 interviewed students, who were given an 80-question survey about their school and campus experiences at university. With this information, the Princeton Review was able to indicate the top 5 most LGBTQ-friendly colleges in the US:
Top 5 “LGBTQ-Friendly” Colleges
1 – Bryn Mawr College (PA)
2 – Mount Holyoke College (MA)
3 – Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (MA)
4 – Brown University (RI)
5 – Agnes Scott College (GA)
For many, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that four out of the five most gay-friendly universities are in New England and two in Massachusetts: the first US state to legalize marriage equality. Agnes Scott is a private woman’s liberal arts college, which makes sense that it would be on the top five list.
The Princeton Review has also named the worst 5 colleges to attend if you are LGBT:
Top 5 “LGBTQ-Unfriendly” Colleges
1 – College of the Ozarks (MO)
2 – Wheaton College (IL)
3 – Univ. of Tennessee-Knoxville
4 – Grove City College (PA)
5 – Auburn University (AL)
These college rankings that determined how great or terrible these schools are for LGBT students were across the board categories from financial aid to career services to campus LGBTQ-friendliness. If you are looking for a more liberal, progressive college, staying out of the south and American midwest might serve you better. It’s always good to put your money where your mouth is and support schools, business, and corporations that support US.
For more information about the top ranked schools in America, check out the full Princeton Review survey.