The Best College for LGBTQ+ Students In Each State

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Published on June 8, 2021

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According to the American College Health Association's (ACHA) annual study, more than 20% of undergraduate students identified as other than heterosexual. Furthermore, more than 3% of undergraduate students identified as other than cisgender.

For those LGBTQ+ students who don't live close to major metropolitan areas and opt to stay close to home to attend college, options may be slim when finding an LGBTQ+-friendly university to attend.

For these reasons, BestColleges partners with Campus Pride each year to rank the best colleges for LGBTQ+ students in each state.

Every university featured on this list has been ranked using BestColleges school ranking factors for affordability and academics. The top-ranked school from each state is then hand-vetted by our panel of experts from Campus Pride.

This process ensures that each school on the list delivers a superior academic experience while also providing an inclusive and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ students.

Best Colleges for LGBTQ+ Students in Each State 2021

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University of Alaska Southeast View School Profile Juneau, Alabama

UAS provides a wealth of LGBTQ+ resources and services to celebrate and build on its diversity. The school's Safe Zone offers training, support, advocacy, and other efforts to increase the number of safe spaces on campus. LGBTQ+ students have access to counseling services, support groups, and trans-inclusive programs.

The main UAS campus features gender-neutral bathrooms and housing, along with an LGBTQ+ roommate-matching program and ally-trained residence staff. In addition to various LGBTQ+ student organizations, UAS also hosts the Campus Inclusivity Alliance and Transgender Support Group. Additionally, degree-seekers can pursue LGBT studies courses as part of their academic programs.

UAS received 3.5 stars on the Campus Pride Index, with its highest marks coming in the housing and residence life category.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 63%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,886 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $6,192

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 3.5 stars
The University of Alabama View School Profile Tuscaloosa, Alaska

In an effort to provide the LGBTQ+ community with safe spaces and access to services and resources, UA established the Safe Zone Resource Center. The center offers training programs, a student lounge, peer educator programs, and specialized health services. It also hosts support and discussion groups and an annual Lavender Graduation.

The UA campus features gender-neutral bathrooms and campus housing, various LGBTQ+ student organizations, and the Alliance for LGBTQ Equality at UAB for staff and faculty. Degree-seekers can pursue courses in LGBTQ+ studies, along with scholarships and advocacy awards.

UA received 2.5 stars on the Campus Pride Index, earning its highest marks in LGBTQ policy inclusion and support and institutional commitment.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 59%
  • Graduation Rate: 72%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 32,795 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $10,780

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 2.5 stars
Hendrix College View School Profile Conway, Arizona

Hendrix offers students an array of LGBTQ+ student activities, including access to various LGBTQ+ student organizations. Unity — the long-running student organization — also helps design training programs and organize community-building exercises and events. Additionally, Trans@HDX seeks to build more safe spaces and educational resources for trans students and their allies.

Much of the advocacy and policy work done on campus comes from the Committee on Gender and Sexuality. Hendrix provides gender-inclusive housing and bathrooms, along with Safe Zone program training for many staff and faculty members. Degree-seekers can also enroll in gender and sexuality studies courses and programs.

Hendrix earned 3.5 stars on the Campus Pride Index overall, and five stars in the LGBTQ student life category.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 72%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,109 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $33,000

  • School Status: Private
  • School Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 3.5 stars
University of Arizona View School Profile Tucson, Arkansas

UArizona's LGBTQ Resource Center was established in 2007 to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and improve school practices and policies. Since then, the school has implemented Safe Zone training and events like Transgender Awareness Week and a QTPOC speaker series. UArizona also provides specialized healthcare and mental health services and resources for LGBTQ+ learners

Students at UArizona can pursue a gender studies program with an emphasis in sexualities and queer studies. The school also has more than 10 LGBTQ+ student organizations, along with gender-inclusive bathrooms and housing resources.

UArizona scored 4.5 stars on the Campus Pride Index, earning five stars in LGBTQ support and institutional commitment and student life.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 34,516 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $12,600

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4.5 stars
Stanford University View School Profile Stanford, California

Since the Gay People Union was formed in 1971, Stanford has had an organization fighting for LGBTQ+ rights on the campus. The organization that would become Stanford Pride continues to represent the community in dealings with the university and other organizations. One of their major initiatives includes working toward more gender-neutral housing and gender-neutral bathrooms in all facilities.

Stanford students have access to Queer Student Resources, which offers information on accessible student spaces, counseling services, and fellowships. In addition to Stanford Pride, students can join more than 20 LGBTQ+ student and community organizations.

Stanford received five stars on the Campus Pride Index, earning top scores in seven of 10 categories.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 4%
  • Graduation Rate: 94%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 6,996 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $55,473

  • School Status: Private
  • School Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 5 stars
University of Colorado - Boulder View School Profile Boulder, Colorado

CU Boulder's LGBTQ+ community has several organizations working on their behalf to continue improving the programs and services available to students. The Center for Inclusion and Social Change helps develop educational programs and services for all enrollees. Students can access resources through the Pride Office, including information on LGBTQ+ campus events, gender-inclusive housing, and specialized health services.

Additionally, the Gender and Sexuality Center runs Safe Zone training, peer education programs, and other events. CU Boulder also hosts student organizations for LGBTQ+ students. Degree-seekers can enroll in LGBT studies and women and gender studies courses, degree programs, and certificate tracks.

CU Boulder earned five stars overall on the Campus Pride Index, with five-star rankings in eight of 10 categories.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 31,098 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $11,040-$16,512

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 5 stars
Connecticut College View School Profile New London, Connecticut

Founded in 2007, Conn's LGBTQIA Center is the main hub for LGBTQ+ activities and programs on campus. The center acts as a lounge for students, as well as a resource library and drop-in center. The facility and its staff/volunteers also run various events and programs, including the Pride Rally, a Lavender Graduation, and peer mentorship programs.

Conn offers academic options on LGBTQ+ issues, such as the gender, sexuality, and intersectionality program. Student organizations include QTPOC, PRISM advocacy group, and Connecticut College Queer and Questioning discussion group. Many of the faculty and staff members at Conn also hold Safe Zone training.

Conn received 4.5 stars on the Campus Pride Index, including top scores in LGBTQ support and institutional commitment and campus safety.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 38%
  • Graduation Rate: 81%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,861 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $58,660

  • School Status: Private
  • School Accreditation: New England Commission on Higher Education
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4.5 stars
Georgetown University View School Profile Washington, Delaware

Georgetown's LGBTQ Resource Center runs the majority of its campus initiatives, programs, and services for the LGBTQ+ community. The center offers outreach and educational programs, community support services, health and wellness services, and advocacy initiatives. Students can attend an LGBTQ+ retreat, a Lavender Graduation, and peer mentorship programs.

Georgetown offers gender-neutral bathrooms, inclusive housing, and various LGBTQ+ student organizations. In terms of academics, the school runs a women and gender studies program and offers LGBT studies courses. The Tagliabue Initiative for LGBTQ Life helps fund specialized research and academic pursuits and conferences for LGBTQ+ learners.

Georgetown earned four stars on the Campus Pride Index, scoring top marks in LGBTQ campus safety and institutional support and commitment.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 15%
  • Graduation Rate: 94%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 7,513 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $59,784

  • School Status: Private
  • School Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4 stars
University of Delaware View School Profile Newark, District of Columbia

UD provides many services and programs for LGBTQ+ students and allies through its office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, including Lavender welcomes, chats, and graduations. Learners can access a lounge and safe spaces on campus, as well as resources and information on volunteer and internship opportunities.

UD has established all-gender housing, including the Gender and Sexuality Living Learning Community. Learners can join one of the many LGBTQ+ organizations available for students, staff, and faculty. The school also runs a sexualities and gender studies program within the women and gender studies department.

UD received 4.5 stars on the Campus Pride Index, including five-star ratings in LGBTQ campus safety, student life, and counseling and health.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 66%
  • Graduation Rate: 81%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,678 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $12,730

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4.5 stars
University of Central Florida View School Profile Orlando, Florida

UCF offers a wealth of services, resources, and community support for LGBTQ+ students. The school's LGBTQ+ Services provides community members with access to resource guides, mentoring programs, and various workshops. Students also enjoy access to gender-neutral bathrooms and safe spaces, such as the Pride Commons and Multicultural Student Center.

Some of the many LGBTQ+ organizations at UCF include the Lavender Council student advisory board, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Pride Faculty and Staff Association. The school offers courses and certificates in gender studies, along with LGBTQ+ events and advocacy groups.

UCF received 4.5 stars overall on the Campus Pride Index, as well as five stars in the support and institutional commitment, campus safety, and LGBTQ student life categories.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 43%
  • Graduation Rate: 73%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 59,371 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $6,379

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4.5 stars
Emory University View School Profile Atlanta, Georgia

Emory established its Office of LGBT Life to help create more space and support for its LGBTQ+ community. The school runs regular Safe Space training, discussion groups, and events like pride awards and QTPOC programs. Students can also access LGBTQ+ health services, professional development training, and leadership development and funding programs.

Emory's inclusivity initiatives for LGBTQ+ students include gender-inclusive bathrooms, other facilities, and intramural and club sports. The school also hosts safe space allies in most buildings and more than 10 LGBTQ+ organizations for students, faculty, and staff.

Emory holds a 4.5-star rating on the Campus Pride Index, including five-star ratings in LGBTQ housing and residence life, student life, and support and institutional commitment.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 19%
  • Graduation Rate: 90%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 7,118 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $54,660

  • School Status: Private
  • School Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4.5 stars
University of Hawaii at Manoa View School Profile Honolulu, Hawaii

UH Mānoa strives to make its campus more accessible and inclusive by supporting the efforts of the LGBTQ+ Center. The center provides Safe Zone training, drop-in services, and a lounge for visitors. It also drives many of the campus' ongoing advocacy efforts.

UH Mānoa's students and allies can join one of the several LGBTQ+ student organizations. The campus offers gender-neutral bathrooms and Rainbow Village — a gender-inclusive community housing environment. In terms of academic options, the school offers queer theory and women, gender, and sexuality studies courses and programs.

UH Mānoa received a score of 2.5 on the Campus Pride Index overall and a five-star rating in the LGBTQ housing and residence life category.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 12,631 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $11,304

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 2.5 stars
University of Iowa View School Profile Iowa City, Idaho

Since first recognizing the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Allied Union in 1970, UI has continued to support the LGBTQ+ community through its policies, services, and program offerings. Founded in 2006, the school's Pride Alliance Center offers educational workshops and runs events, such as Pride Week and Rainbow Graduation.

Students also enjoy access to the Pride House lounge and venue space, along with seven LGBTQ+ and Pride House-affiliated student organizations. Degree-seekers can pursue a major or minor in gender, women's, and sexuality studies. UI students can also access gender-inclusive bathrooms and housing.

UI scored four stars on the Campus Pride Index, with a top score in the LGBTQ academic life category.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 83%
  • Graduation Rate: 73%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 23,482 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $9,830

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4 stars
University of Idaho View School Profile Moscow, Illinois

At U of I, the LGBTQA Office manages most of the school's efforts to promote diversity and develop a more inclusive environment for the LGBTQ+ community. Among the available resources, the office provides coming out support, weekly newsletters, volunteering opportunities, and Safe Zone training.

U of I has also established gender-inclusive bathrooms and gender-inclusive living communities. For degree-seekers, the school offers a minor in women's, gender, and sexuality studies, along with specialized funding opportunities. Additionally, students can join one of the many LGBTQ+ student organizations, like the Gender and Sexuality Alliance.

U of I earned an overall score of 3.5 on the Campus Pride Index, along with a five-star rating for LGBTQ campus safety.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 77%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 9,392 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $8,304

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 3.5 stars
Northwestern University View School Profile Evanston, Indiana

Within Northwestern's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the LGBTQ+ community has access to supportive and educational programs and resources. The school developed a task force to identify and better support the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. It also offers ally training, safe spaces, and all-gender housing and bathrooms.

The LGBTQ+ community at Northwestern benefits from a steady stream of events, speakers, and student organizations. Those interested in academic programs can pursue queer theory courses and gender and sexuality studies programs or participate in ongoing sexualities research projects.

Northwestern holds a four-star rating on the Campus Pride Index, while earning a five-star rating in LGBTQ support and institutional commitment.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 8%
  • Graduation Rate: 95%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 8,682 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $56,286

  • School Status: Private
  • School Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4 stars
Purdue University View School Profile West Lafayette, Iowa

Purdue's LGBTQ Center offers regular events throughout the year, including lecture series, social gatherings, and training programs. The center also hosts a resource library and information on mental health and other support services. Purdue's campus features dozens of gender-neutral bathrooms and seven LGBTQ+ student organizations.

LGBTQ+ students can join the Speakers Bureau to engage with the community, and faculty and staff can get involved as members of Purdue Employee Pride. Degree-seekers can find minors and individual courses in LGBT studies, along with a gender and sexuality studies program. They can also enroll in a sex, history, and the cities program — a six-week study abroad program.

Purdue scored five stars on the Campus Pride Index, including five stars in LGBTQ student life, LGBTQ academic life, and recruitment and retention efforts.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 58%
  • Graduation Rate: 81%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 34,596 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $9,992

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 5 stars
Kansas State University View School Profile Manhattan, Kansas

Founded in 2010, K-State's LGBT Resource Center is the primary driver of the school's LGBTQ+ services and support. The school also hosts numerous organizations committed to improving diversity and inclusivity on campus, including the Sexuality and Gender Alliance for students, the LGBTQ* Faculty and Staff Alliance, and the Gender Collective.

K-State runs an array of regular LGBTQ+ events and programs. Degree-seekers can pursue a gender and sexualities studies program, as well as individual courses in queer theory. On campus, learners can find gender-neutral bathrooms, all-gender housing, and student organizations like the Rainbow Alliance, the Gay & Lesbian University Union, and the Queer Pride Graduate Student Association.

K-State holds a five-star rating on the Campus Pride Index, earning top marks in every category but one.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 17,210 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $9,375

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 5 stars
University of Louisville View School Profile Louisville, Kentucky

UofL's efforts to increase diversity and inclusionary practices are run through the LGBT Center, which provides the LGBTQ+ student community with access to many resources and support channels. Students enjoy various events and programs throughout the year, including UofL Pride, the PINK! drag show, and speaker panels. UofL also hosts more than 10 LGBTQ+ organizations for students, faculty, and staff.

UofL's LGBTQ+ students also have access to community living, gender-inclusive bathrooms, and specialized scholarships. The school runs Safe Zone training, an ally campaign, and educational support services. Degree-seekers can pursue a minor in LGBT studies or enroll in the women's, gender, and sexuality studies program.

UofL received five stars on the Campus Pride Index overall, including five stars in LGBTQ student life, counseling and health, and support and institutional commitment.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 72%
  • Graduation Rate: 57%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 15,860 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $11,966

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 5 stars
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College View School Profile Baton Rouge, Louisiana

LSU and its Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion developed the LGBTQ+ Project to improve accessibility, inclusion, and educational experience for the school's LGBTQ+ community. Among other initiatives, the project runs the Safe Space Campaign, mentorship programs, and monthly events.

LSU learners have access to the school's LGBTQ+ Resource Room, more than 70 gender-neutral bathrooms, and gender-inclusive housing. LGBTQ+ student organizations include Louisiana Trans Advocates, OUTlaw, and Spectrum. LSU's academic offerings include an LGBT studies minor and the women's, gender, and sexuality studies major.

LSU earned 2.5 stars on the Campus Pride Index, receiving its highest scores in LGBTQ counseling and health, student life, and support and institutional commitment.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 74%
  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 25,826 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $11,962

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 2.5 stars
Tufts University View School Profile Medford, Maine

LGBTQ+ programs, services, and advocacy efforts at Tufts are run through its LGBT Center, which was founded in 1992. Students can access peer education programs, discussion groups, and counseling services. Additionally, Tufts offers LGBTQ+ workshops, specialized career resources, and pride organizations for graduate students,faculty, and staff.

Tufts also hosts trans healthcare services and special-interest housing for LGBTQ+ students, such as the Rainbow House, which hosts events and allows for two-year residencies. Students can enroll in courses in gender and sexuality studies.

Tufts received five stars on the Campus Pride Index by scoring top marks in eight of 10 categories.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 15%
  • Graduation Rate: 93%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 5,907 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $61,646

  • School Status: Private
  • School Accreditation: New England Commission on Higher Education
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 5 stars
University of Maryland - College Park View School Profile College Park, Maryland

At UMD, the LGBT Equity Center oversees LGBTQ+ programs, advocacy efforts, and events throughout the year. The center aims to build an inclusive community, develop social justice leaders, and foster a thriving and supportive community. LGBTQ+ learners can join multiple student organizations and discussion groups, attend workshops and speaker presentations, and access specialized fellowships and awards.

UMD hosts an LGBTQ+ resource library and numerous support groups, along with gender-neutral bathrooms, locker rooms, and housing. Resources on inclusive on-campus and off-campus housing are available. The school also offers certificates and minors in LGBT studies.

UMD earned five stars on the Campus Pride Index, including five stars in every category but one.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 47%
  • Graduation Rate: 86%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 30,511 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $9,000

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 5 stars
Bowdoin College View School Profile Brunswick, Massachusetts

In 2017, Bowdoin's Women's Resource Center and the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity combined to make the Sexuality, Women, and Gender Center. The center collaborates with school administrators and students to improve programs and services for LGBTQ+ students.

Bowdoin has promoted accessibility and inclusivity by establishing gender-neutral bathrooms, inclusive housing policies, and specialized health services. The school's LGBTQ+ community also developed several student organizations, such as the Bowdoin Queer Straight Alliance, OUTPeers, and the Asexual and Aromantic Community for Education.

Bowdoin earned a four-star rating on the Campus Pride Index, with its highest scores coming in the LGBTQ policy inclusion, support and institutional commitment, and campus safety categories.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 10%
  • Graduation Rate: 95%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,835 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $55,822

  • School Status: Private
  • School Accreditation: New England Commission on Higher Education
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4 stars
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View School Profile Ann Arbor, Michigan

Since 1971, U-M has had an official staff office representing LGBTQ+ students — its Spectrum Center was the first of its kind in the country. The center has helped improve accessibility, advocated for improved services, and developed some of the best educational programs for the school's LGBTQ+ community.

U-M offers gender-neutral bathrooms and inclusive housing, specialized health and wellness services, and grants and scholarships for LGBTQ learners. Students can access multiple drop-in centers, more than 15 LGBTQ+ student organizations, a resource library, ally training programs, and support groups and mentorship programs. Learners can also take an undergraduate minor or graduate certificate in LGBTQ+ studies.

U-M received five stars overall on the Campus Pride Index, including five stars in LGBTQ counseling and health services, housing, and student life.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 23%
  • Graduation Rate: 92%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 31,266 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $15,948-$17,948

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 5 stars
Macalester College View School Profile Saint Paul, Minnesota

Part of the Department of Multicultural Life, Macalester's Gender & Sexuality Resource Center offers LGBTQ+ students access to resources, support programs, and community activities and organizations. Some of the available programs include ally workshops, monthly events, and mentorship opportunities. The school also hosts more than 10 LGBTQ+ student and community organizations, as well as a staff and faculty organization.

On Macalester's campus, LGBTQ+ students can access gender-neutral bathrooms and community housing, specialized health and wellness services, and trans athletics — including gender-neutral locker rooms and inclusive intramural and varsity sports teams. Students can also major or minor in women, gender, and sexuality studies.

Macalester scored five stars on the Campus Pride Index overall and earned five stars in the LGBTQ academic life, housing and residence life, and campus safety categories.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 41%
  • Graduation Rate: 90%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,098 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $60,288

  • School Status: Private
  • School Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 5 stars
Washington University in St Louis View School Profile Saint Louis, Missouri

In an effort to better support its LGBTQ+ community, Washington University's Center for Diversity and Inclusion put together LGBTQIA+ Resources. Here, students can find information on the school's LGBTQ+ programs, student organizations, and various resources available for the community.

The university's campus also features gender-inclusive bathrooms, housing, and health and wellness counseling. Degree-seekers can take LGBT-themed courses and enroll in a women, gender, and sexuality studies program. In terms of events, the school hosts Trans* Awareness Week and the Day of Dialogue and Action.

Washington University earned 4.5 stars on the Campus Pride Index, including top marks in LGBTQ counseling and health, support and institutional commitment, and student life.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 15%
  • Graduation Rate: 95%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 7,822 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $57,750

  • School Status: Private
  • School Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4.5 stars
Mississippi State University View School Profile Mississippi State, Montana

MSU's LGBTQ+ community has access to various programs and services provided by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. Under this department, student-run organizations like MSU F.L.A.R.E speak up for LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion. This organization also provides access to educational resources, events throughout the year, and information on specialized scholarships and health services.

Other LGBTQ+ student organizations include MSU Spectrum and the LGBTQ+ Student Union. MSU's campus has nearly 30 gender-neutral bathrooms and hosts events like Pride Parades, Lavender Graduations, and regular training programs from the Safe Zone Advisory Board. The school's academic options include a gender studies program.

MSU earned three stars on the Campus Pride Index, with its highest marks coming in LGBTQ student life as well as support and institutional commitment.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 57%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 18,792 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $8,910

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 3 stars
Montana State University View School Profile Bozeman, Nebraska

MSU's Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons helps promote inclusion and develop programs, events, and services for a diverse collection of students, including the LGBTQ+ community. Organizations like the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council and Queer Straight Alliance help ensure the voices of the community are heard and their needs represented.

Some of the LGBTQ+ events and programs on campus include a Rainbow Ball, mentorship program, and Safe Zone training. The school also has 30 gender-neutral bathrooms and gender-neutral housing options, plus specialized healthcare, mental health, and counseling services for LGBTQ+ students. Degree-seekers can enroll in the women, gender, and sexuality studies program.

MSU holds a four-star rating overall on the Campus Pride Index and five stars in the LGBTQ counseling and health category.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 57%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 14,760 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $7,770

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4 stars
Davidson College View School Profile Davidson, Nevada

Davidson founded the Center for Diversity and Inclusion to develop programs, events, and training in support of a more inclusive campus. For the LGBTQ+ community, the center offers specialized support services, advocacy programs, and career development opportunities. Davidson also provides more than 100 gender-neutral bathrooms and gender-inclusive housing options.

Degree-seekers at Davidson can access a gender and sexuality studies major, student scholarships, and mentorship programs. The LGBTQ+ community enjoys access to the Lavender Lounge and various student organizations, such as the Queers & Allies and You Are Not A Stranger Here groups.

Davidson received a four-star rating overall on the Campus Pride Index with a five-star rating for LGBTQ support and institutional commitment.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 19%
  • Graduation Rate: 90%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,837 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $55,000

  • School Status: Private
  • School Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4 stars
University of North Dakota View School Profile Grand Forks, New Hampshire

Established in 2017, UND's Pride Center within the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion runs support and advocacy programs for the LGBTQ+ community on campus. The center offers ally training, mentorship programs, and leadership opportunities, along with events like Pride Month and Chalk the Walk.

UND hosts LGBTQ+ health services, gender-inclusive housing, and more than 100 gender-neutral bathrooms. A women and gender studies academic program is also available, as well as a Pride Scholarship. Some of the LGBTQ+ student organizations on campus include the UND National Gay Pilots Association and the Queer and Trans Alliance.

UND earned four stars overall on the Campus Pride Index, while also scoring five stars in LGBTQ campus safety and housing and residence life.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 10,163 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $8,540

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4 stars
University of Nebraska - Lincoln View School Profile Lincoln, New Jersey

UNL developed a Commission on the Status of Gender & Sexual Minorities and the LGBTQA+ Center as the primary vehicles for LGBTQ+ advocacy, support, and programs. The center offers a resource library, outreach programs, workshops, and counseling services. Students can also find out about campus events, engagement opportunities, and educational programs through the center.

The LGBTQ+ community enjoys an accessible campus, including gender-inclusive housing, athletics, and bathrooms. They can also join one of the LGBTQ+ student organizations on campus, such as Spectrum UNL. Academically, students can enroll in the LGBTQ and sexuality studies program and apply for specialized scholarships and student support funding for LGBTQ+ learners.

UNL holds a four-star rating on the Campus Pride Index, earning five stars for LGBTQ support and institutional commitment.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 20,478 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $7,770

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4 stars
Dartmouth College View School Profile Hanover, New Mexico

Through Dartmouth's Office of Pluralism and Leadership, the school provides its LGBTQ+ community with student advising services and supportive resources to improve their educational experience. The community benefits from several organizations, including the Dartmouth Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Alumni Association and student organizations like IvyQ, LGBTQ+ Leadership Board, and Within.

On campus, LGBTQ+ students have access to the Rainbow Room lounge, Triangle House community living, and gender-inclusive bathrooms. Degree-seekers can also enroll in the women, gender, and sexuality studies program.

Dartmouth holds a 4.5-star rating overall on the Campus Pride Index, with five-star ratings in LGBTQ policy inclusion and student life.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 9%
  • Graduation Rate: 95%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 4,459 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $58,953

  • School Status: Private
  • School Accreditation: New England Commission on Higher Education
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4.5 stars
Princeton University View School Profile Princeton, New York

Princeton has officially been building its LGBTQ+ community and programs since 1989. The school's LGBT Center advocates for equality and accessibility on campus, while also hosting a resource room and library, overseeing events throughout the year, and running training sessions and workshops. The center also provides learning materials, outreach, and mentorship programs.

Princeton students enjoy access to an array of events, discussion groups, and student organizations. They can also visit the Rainbow Lounge and more safe spaces around campus. Degree-seekers can pursue a gender and sexuality studies major and an LGBT studies fellowship.

Princeton received five stars on the Campus Pride Index, including top scores in the LBGT student life, campus safety, and recruitment and retention efforts categories.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 5%
  • Graduation Rate: 96%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 5,422 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $56,010

  • School Status: Private
  • School Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 5 stars
University of New Mexico View School Profile Albuquerque, North Carolina

Founded in 2010, UNM's LGBTQ Resource Center helps the LGBTQ+ community create more safe and inclusive spaces on campus. The center also helps organize regular events, Rainbow ceremonies, and discussion groups. Some of the services provided include LGBTQ+ counseling, educational programs, and Safe Zone training.

The center offers a resource library and connects interested participants to various lectures and presentations. UNM's LGBTQ+ community has access to a lounge area, universal restrooms, gender-inclusive housing, and the Gender Neutral and Allies community space. Learners can pursue a women and gender studies degree and apply for Pride scholarships.

UNM received four stars on the Campus Pride Index, along with top scores in LGBTQ student life and campus safety.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 70%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 17,330 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $8,863

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4 stars
Cornell University View School Profile Ithaca, North Dakota

Established in the 1990s, Cornell's LGBT Resource Center is the center of LGBTQ+ activities and programs on campus. The center and community organizers advocate for more inclusive policies, offer specialized counseling and health services, and help connect students with targeted volunteer and internship opportunities. Learners have access to various events and programs, including a first-year immersion experience and Lavender Graduation.

Cornell's campus features trans-inclusive housing and gender-neutral bathrooms, along with allyship programs, an advocacy clinic, and nearly 20 LGBTQ+ student organizations. On the academic side, the school offers gender and sexuality studies and LGBT studies programs.

Cornell scored 4.5 stars on the Campus Pride Index, with five-star ratings in the LGBTQ counseling and health, campus safety, and student life categories.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 11%
  • Graduation Rate: 95%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 15,043 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $40,382-$60,286

  • School Status: Private
  • School Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4.5 stars
Ohio State University View School Profile Columbus, Ohio

Ohio State's LGBTQ+ community can access resources through the LGBTQ at Ohio State website and the Student Life Multicultural Center on campus. The school hosts gender-inclusive bathrooms and housing, along with transgender health and counseling services and more than 15 LGBTQ+ student organizations.

Students can access coming out resources, specialized health services, and training workshops, as well as mentorship programs and student discussion groups. Degree-seekers can pursue gender and sexuality studies and LGBTQ+ studies programs, as well as targeted internships and financial aid programs.

Ohio State earned five stars overall on the Campus Pride Index, receiving top marks in most categories.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 52%
  • Graduation Rate: 84%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 46,818 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $11,518

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 5 stars
University of Oklahoma - Norman Campus View School Profile Norman, Oklahoma

In an effort to improve its inclusivity and diversity on campus, OU developed the Gender and Equality Center, which advocates for the LGBTQ+ community and runs educational and support programs and events. The center also offers allyship training, Lavender Graduations, and access to an array of resources.

OU's LGBTQ+ students also benefit from the LGBTQ+ Program Advisory Board and LGBTQ+ Mentorship Program. Inclusive campus resources include various LGBTQ+ student organizations, quality centers, and gender-neutral bathrooms. Degree-seekers can minor in LGBTQ studies or enroll in the women and gender studies program.

OU received four stars on the Campus Pride Index, including five star ratings in the LGBTQ academic life and support and institutional commitment categories.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 21,768 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $4,788

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4 stars
University of Oregon View School Profile Eugene, Oregon

Committed to meeting the needs of its LGBTQ+ community, UO introduced LGBT Education and Support Services. This organization offers education and resources on all things related to LGBTQ+ issues, as well as ally training, mental health services, and annual events. It also runs leadership programs and Lavender graduations.

UO students enjoy access to more than 100 all-gender bathrooms and gender-inclusive housing options. Students can pursue training in queer studies and women's, gender, and sexuality studies, along with specialized scholarships for LGBTQ+ students. The school also hosts more than 10 LGBTQ+ student organizations.

UO holds a five-star rating on the Campus Pride Index, including five stars in every category but one.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 83%
  • Graduation Rate: 73%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 18,888 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $14,421

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 5 stars
University of Pennsylvania View School Profile Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Penn students benefit from the school's LGBT Center — one of the longest-running LGBTQ+ community centers in the country. Since 1982, the center has advocated for more inclusive policies and helped improve campus diversity. Students can also take advantage of the center's mentor programs, LGBTQ+ library, and specialized wellness services.

Penn's LGBTQ+ students also have access to more than 25 student organizations, an online community, more than 80 gender-neutral bathrooms, and gender-inclusive housing. Learners can pursue a gender and sexuality degree and an LGBTQ certificate.

Penn received five stars overall on the Campus Pride Index, including five stars in LGBTQ policy inclusion, student life, and housing and residence life.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 8%
  • Graduation Rate: 95%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 11,872 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $54,652

  • School Status: Private
  • School Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 5 stars
University of Rhode Island View School Profile Kingston, Rhode Island

To better serve URI's LGBTQ+ community, the school established the Gender and Sexuality Center, which features safe lounge and meeting spaces and helps develop and host more than 100 programs a year. The center provides Safe Zone training, healthcare services, and access to supportive LGBTQ+ resources.

On URI's campus, students have access to more than 40 permanent gender-neutral bathrooms and the Gender Equity and Leadership in Sexuality Living Learning Community. The school also offers a queer studies minor for interested students.

URI received 4.5 stars on the Campus Pride Index, with top marks in the LGBTQ policy inclusion and housing and residence life categories.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 69%
  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 14,548 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $15,332

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: New England Commission on Higher Education
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4.5 stars
Clemson University View School Profile Clemson, South Carolina

Clemson's Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center oversees many of the school's diversity and inclusivity efforts. The LGBTQ+ community can access various resources through the center, including information on ally training, the LGBTQ+ Liaison Program, and outreach programs and presentations. Clemson also hosts events for National Coming Out Week, Pride, and Trans Awareness and Visibility Week.

At Clemson, students can join one of several LGBTQ+ student organizations, such as Clemson's Sexuality and Gender Alliance, Prism, and the Clemson Queer Student of Color Association. The campus has more than 15 gender-neutral bathrooms and the Lavender Place — an inclusive living community.

Clemson received three stars on the Campus Pride Index, earning its highest marks in LGBTQ counseling and health and support and institutional commitment.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 47%
  • Graduation Rate: 83%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 20,195 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $15,558

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 3 stars
South Dakota State University View School Profile Brookings, South Dakota

SDSU's LGBTQ+ community can access an array of resources and services through the school's LGBTQIA+ Resource Center. The center provides ally and Safe Zone training, a resource library, and counseling services. The school also features more than 25 gender-neutral bathrooms and the Allied For Acceptance living community.

LGBTQ+ students looking to get involved can take advantage of numerous volunteering opportunities and join the SDSU Gender & Sexualities Alliance student organization. This group organizes events and helps increase the number of safe spaces available on campus. SDSU's academic options include a women, gender, and sexuality studies degree.

SDSU holds a 2.5-star rating on the Campus Pride Index, scoring highest in the LGBTQ student life category.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 10,067 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $9,300

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 2.5 stars
Vanderbilt University View School Profile Nashville, Tennesse

Vanderbilt and the Office of LGBTQI Life work with the growing LGBTQ+ community to improve the services and resources available on campus. The department offers P.R.I.D.E. training, ally workshops, counseling services, and annual events. Some of the events include LGBTQ2S+ history month, International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, and Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Vanderbilt features more than 150 all-gender bathrooms, specialized medical services, and gender-inclusive housing. Students also have access to more than 10 LGBTQ+ student organizations, including the Vanderbilt Lambda Association and Kaleidoscope. In terms of academic options, the school offers a gender and sexuality studies program.

Vanderbilt scored a four-star overall rating on the Campus Pride Index, with a five-star rating in LGBTQ student life.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 10%
  • Graduation Rate: 94%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 6,886 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $54,840

  • School Status: Private
  • School Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4 stars
The University of Texas at Dallas View School Profile Richardson, Texas

The Galerstein Gender Center and the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT Dallas advocate and provide access to resources for the school's LGBTQ+ community. Learners enjoy access to events, training and workshops, and LGBTQ+ and gender equity programs. The center also has a resource library and counseling and consultation services.

UT Dallas offers gender-neutral bathrooms and various LGBTQ+ student organizations. Learners can participate in one of the ongoing initiatives as well, including Trans Pride, and make use of safe spaces on campus, such as the House of Rebirth.

UT Dallas received five stars on the Campus Pride Index, getting top scores in the LGBTQ campus safety, counseling and health, and support and institutional commitment categories.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 69%
  • Graduation Rate: 72%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 20,996 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $8,032

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 5 stars
University of Utah View School Profile Salt Lake City, Utah

In 2002, the U opened the LGBT Resource Center to give its LGBTQ+ community a safe space for dialogue and program development. The center now oversees various outreach programs, a resource library, gender and sexuality workshops, and a lounge for students. Other offerings include a leadership program, a mentorship program, and events celebrating the community and educating the U's staff and students.

The U features gender-inclusive housing and bathrooms and more than 10 LGBTQ+ student organizations, including Queer & Trans Students of Color. Degree-seekers can pursue a gender studies degree and apply for LGBTQ+ scholarships.

The U holds a 4.5-star rating overall on the Campus Pride Index and five-star ratings in LGBTQ student life, counseling and health, and housing and residence life.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 67%
  • Graduation Rate: 70%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 24,485 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $9,292

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4.5 stars
University of Virginia View School Profile Charlottesville, Vermont

UVA's first official LGBTQIA organization was established in 1972 with the founding of the Gay Student Union. The school's LGBTQ+ community now has access to the LGBTQ Center, which hosts counseling services, various events, and safe spaces. UVA also features gender-neutral bathrooms and housing, a resource library, and more than 10 LGBTQ+ student organizations.

At UVA, learners can enroll in women, gender, and sexuality studies courses and programs. The school also offers specialized internships and scholarships and awards, along with a Lavender Graduation and volunteering opportunities on campus or with community groups.

UVA earned 4.5 stars on the Campus Pride Index overall and top marks in several categories, including LGBTQ student life, campus safety, and counseling and health.

Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 26%
  • Graduation Rate: 94%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 17,010 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $17,244

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4.5 stars
University of Vermont View School Profile Burlington, Virginia

In 1999, UVM founded the Prism Center to support and empower the LGBTQ+ community on campus. Through this center, students can access educational programs, helpful services, and events, such as community dinners and Rainbow celebrations. LGBTQ+ learners can also join various student groups and clubs, like the Queer Student Union and QTBIPOC.

UVM offers an array of LGBTQ+-focused courses, plus a gender, sexuality, and women's studies program and a sexuality and gender identity studies minor. The campus also features a multitude of gender-neutral bathrooms, LGBTQ+-affirming healthcare services, an LGBTQA+ first-year suite, and the LGBTQA Collaborative living community.

UVM scored a five-star rating on the Campus Pride Index, earning top scores in all but three categories.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 68%
  • Graduation Rate: 76%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 11,443 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $16,392

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: New England Commission on Higher Education
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 5 stars
University of Washington View School Profile Seattle, Washington

UW opened its Q Center in 2005 to provide LGBTQ+ students with easier access to resources, support services, and safe spaces. The center also runs educational programs, advocacy efforts, LGBTQ+ community programs, and leadership and mentoring opportunities. UW students can join Queer 101 and ally training sessions, attend a Lavender Graduation, and participate in the many discussion groups.

UW offers academic programs in gender, women, and sexuality studies and queer studies. The school also hosts numerous social groups and student organizations. Online learners can also access helpful resources, including the Virtual Q Center and leadership development and learning and research hubs.

UW holds a five-star rating on the Campus Pride Index, with five stars in every category but one.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 49%
  • Graduation Rate: 84%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 32,046 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $11,745

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 5 stars
University of Wisconsin - Madison View School Profile Madison, West Virginia

UW's LGBTQ+ community has access to numerous programs and services across campus, many of which are run through the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center. In addition to advocating for more collaboration and inclusivity, the center provides meeting and lounge spaces, a resource library, and drop-in services. The center also runs training programs, a peer mentor program, and discussion groups.

UW hosts more than 10 LGBTQ+ student organizations, including the Pride Society and the Gender Sexuality Alliance. The campus also has gender-neutral bathrooms and housing, such as the Open House Residential Community and the Madison Community Co-Operative. In terms of academics, the school offers gender and women's studies degrees and an LGBTQ+ studies certificate.

UW holds a 4.5-star rating on the Campus Pride Index, earning the highest score in the LGBTQ recruitment and retention efforts category.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 52%
  • Graduation Rate: 87%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 32,399 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $10,766

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4.5 stars
West Virginia University View School Profile Morgantown, Wisconsin

At WVU, LGBTQ+ programs and advocacy mostly run through the school's LGBTQ+ Center. The center provides training and supports inclusive initiatives on campus and in the surrounding community. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to take Safe Zone training.

WVU hosts numerous LGBTQ+ student organizations, including Spectrum, Rainbow International, and EngiPRIDE. The campus features gender-neutral bathrooms and True Colors — an LGBTQ+ living and learning community. Academic options at WVU include LGBT studies and women and gender studies programs.

WVU received 4.5 stars on the Campus Pride Index overall and five-star ratings in LGBTQ academic life, student life, and housing and residence life categories.


Academic Snapshot

  • Admission Rate: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 21,086 students
  • Annual Undergraduate Tuition, In-State: $8,976

  • School Status: Public
  • School Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Campus Pride Index Rating: 4.5 stars

Why Choose a School in Your State

Students have many reasons for choosing a college or university in their home state. Some prefer to attend a school that is reasonably close to their family, and some opt to continue to live with their parents or guardians in order to save money while earning a degree.

Tuition cost is one of the biggest determining factors when selecting a college, and in-state tuition at a public university can be significantly lower than the tuition costs for out-of-state students.

What are States Doing to Protect LGBTQ+ Youth?

At the state level, laws and policies vary considerably regarding the discrimination and mistreatment of LGBTQ+ individuals.

Anti-bullying Laws

According to reports published by GLSEN, an American education organization, the District of Columbia and a total of 21 states have enumerated anti-bullying laws: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. The remaining 33 states do not have any enumerated anti-bullying laws on the books.

Anti-Discrimination Laws

The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) notes that the District of Columbia and 22 states currently have laws prohibiting discrimination in schools based on sexual orientation and/or gender expression: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

Additionally, Wisconsin has laws protecting individuals against discrimination based on sexual orientation, but not gender identity. As it currently stands, 28 states have not passed anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBTQ+ students.

Anti-LGBTQ+ Curriculum Laws

Finally, it should be noted that certain states have passed laws that prohibit teachers from discussing LGBTQ+ issues "in a positive light." In fact, in some cases these laws mandate that such subjects should be taught in a negative light.

Six states have these laws on the books: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. Utah also had these laws until they were repealed in 2017. Additionally, the states of Missouri and South Dakota have passed legislation that explicitly prohibits the adoption of enumeration anti-bullying laws.

State Resources for LGBTQ+ College Students

There are a variety of resources that prospective and current LGBTQ+ students can access online. The list below represents a small sample of the articles, databases, and other tools that are available to LGBTQ+ college students.

Lambda Legal is a nonprofit organization that provides legal advocacy for members of the LGBTQ+ community. This comprehensive list includes a wide range of online and in-person resources offered by the organization. This database from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists more than 30 reports, pamphlets, and other publications aimed at LGBTQ+ youth, parents, teachers, school administrators, and allies. This extensive collection of financial aid opportunities includes LGBTQ+ scholarships and grants of varying amounts. Many of these awards are reserved for certain academic majors or LGBTQ+ subgroups. Campus Pride offers this useful guide for researching school policies, programs, organizations, and resources and determining whether they are beneficial or detrimental for LGBTQ+ students. Campus Pride tackles the subject of increased campus safety with this guide that includes strategies for evaluating school policies, implementing educational programs, promoting LGBTQ+ events, and remaining safe on- and off-campus. While Title IX protects against discrimination based on sex, the law does not yet explicitly cover gender expression ― a key concern for transgender students. This proposal from Campus Pride examines ways for members of fraternities and sororities to promote inclusion and tolerance of transgender students. Every year, Campus Pride unveils a list of the 30 best U.S. schools for LGBTQ+ students. This year's ranking features schools in 16 states, including historically conservative ones like Indiana, Kentucky, and North Carolina.

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