U. of Md. makes Campus Pride's list of top 25 LGBT-friendly schools

The University of Maryland, College Park was included on a list of the "Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Colleges and Universities" released by national advocacy group Campus Pride Tuesday.

The university was the only Maryland school to make the list, which was initially published by Huffington Post's Gay Voices section.


Campus Pride's list looks specifically at colleges' policies toward and institutional support of LGBT students in areas like housing, campus safety, counseling and student life. The organization's approach differs from that of the Princeton Review, which surveys students regarding campus atmosphere. (The Princeton Review's list was released earlier this month and did not include any Maryland colleges or universities.)

Here's the list of the top 25 - which, full disclosure, includes my alma mater - in alphabetical order:

  1. University of California, Riverside (Riverside, Calif.)
  2. University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
  3. Carleton College (Northfield, Minn.)
  4. Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland)
  5. Connecticut College (New London, Conn.)
  6. University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago)
  7. Ithaca College (Ithaca, N.Y.)
  8. Macalester College (Saint Paul, Minn.)
  9. University of Maryland, College Park
  10. University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Amherst, Mass.)
  11. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  12. University of Minnesota, Duluth (Duluth, Minn.)
  13. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minneapolis)
  14. Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio)
  15. The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)
  16. University of Oregon (Eugene, Ore.)
  17. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
  18. Portland State University (Portland, Ore.)
  19. Princeton University (Princeton, N.J.)
  20. Rutgers University (Piscataway, N.J.)
  21. University of Southern California (Los Angeles)
  22. Southern Oregon University (Ashland, Ore.)
  23. Stanford University (Stanford, Calif.)
  24. University of Washington (Seattle)
  25. Washington State University (Pullman, Wash.)