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Marcos Simon
25/08/2014, 17:04
Lauren Landry (http://bostinno.streetwise.co/author/laurlandry/) - Associate Editor, BostInno
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When it comes to making lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students
feel welcome on campus, three Massachusetts colleges are setting a winning

Campus Pride released its list of the "Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges and
Universities (http://www.campuspride.org/campus-pride-releases-2014-top-50-lgbt-friendly-list-highlighting-the-best-of-the-best-colleges-universities/)," and three of the state's schools made the cut: Amherst College,
Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The nonprofit organization, which works to create a safer college environment
for LGBT students, released its ranking in alphabetical order, thereby avoiding
saying one school is better than another. Campus Pride did, however, be sure
to emphasize its list was far better than the Princeton Review's (http://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings.aspx) ranking of the
most LGBT-friendly schools.

"Unlike the Princeton Review LGBT rankings, the Campus Pride Index is based
in research on policy, program and practice and is conducted 'for and by' LGBT
experts in the field of higher education," wrote Campus Pride in a statement (http://www.campuspride.org/campus-pride-releases-2014-top-50-lgbt-friendly-list-highlighting-the-best-of-the-best-colleges-universities/).

The education services company has a rather lengthy methodology (http://www.princetonreview.com/how-we-do-it.aspx), but largely
relies on its survey of 130,000 college students. Three Massachusetts schools
also made the Princeton Review's cut, however, although none actually overlapped
with those lauded by Campus Pride: Emerson College (No. 3), Smith College (No. 4)
and the Olin College of Engineering (No. 8).

For a college to be considered by Campus Pride, it had to achieve five stars overall,
as well as have the highest percentages across the eight LGBT-friendly benchmarks
for policy, program and practice. The added good news is, 80 percent of the nonprofit's
participating colleges improved their ratings from the previous year and that, over the
past six years, an increasing amount of schools have made significant strides in
improving life on campus.

"More than ever, colleges today want to be viewed as LGBT-friendly and a welcoming
place for all students," said Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride, in
a statement. "LGBT students and their safety impacts the recruitment efforts of the
entire campus. Upper-level administrators are now understanding how LGBT-friendliness
is key to future institutional success."

For a look at the full list of campuses setting a good example, start scrolling:

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
Warren Wilson College
Washington State University
Washington University in St. Louis