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Campus Pride reveals 2020’s “Best of the Best” LGBTQ-friendly colleges

Schools must have policies, programs, and practices that are LGBTQ+ inclusive

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Campus Pride has released their annual compilation of the forty most LGBTQ+ friendly American college and university campuses. In order to qualify for inclusion on the selective list, schools must score highly on the Campus Pride Index.

This benchmark measures the degree to which policies, programs, and practices at schools are LGBTQ+ inclusive. It currently covers over 395 campuses and is freely available to the public at

For students and their families searching for LGBTQ+ friendly and safe educational institutions, the Campus Pride index continues to prove a particularly useful tool for college searching.

There is also a Campus Pride Sports Index launched five years ago to evaluate the level to which college sports programs are inclusive to the LGBTQ+ community.

Of note to our local residents is University of Maryland’s inclusion on the list, which scored a perfect 5 out of 5 stars on the Index.

Read moreUniversity of Maryland, College Park tops list of “Best Colleges for LGBTQ+ Students”

“LGBTQ youth and families want to know what campuses are doing when it comes to inclusive policies, programs and practices,” Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride and the author of the Campus Pride Index, said in a statement. “The ‘Best of the Best’ highlights the Top 40 this year across six regions throughout the country,” and “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.”

The 2020 Best of the Best LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities are listed below by region:

Mid-Atlantic Region
Ithaca College
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick
University of Maryland, College Park
Lehigh University
Montclair State University
The Pennsylvania State University
University of Pennsylvania
Princeton University
Kansas State University
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Indiana University, Bloomington
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
The Ohio State University
Kenyon College
Kent State University
Augsburg College
Macalester College
Purdue University
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
New England
Tufts University
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Vermont
Guilford College
Northern Kentucky University
Elon University
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Texas at Dallas
Texas Tech University
University of Washington
University of Oregon
Portland State University
University of Colorado at Boulder
Southern Oregon University
San Diego State University
Washington State University
Harvey Mudd College

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