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Back to (LGBT Friendly?) School

Before D.C.-area colleges welcome back their undergraduates from summer vacation, let's give the schools a little test of our own. Campus Pride's LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index rates four-year colleges and universities around the country based on their "LGBT-Friendly policies, programs and practices." The index surveys schools on eight subject areas (click through for survey questions): LGBT "Policy Inclusion," "Support & Institutional Commitment," "Student Life," "Academic Life," "Housing," "Campus Safety," "Counseling & Health," and "Recruitment and Retention Efforts." Campus Pride also administers a "Sexual Orientation Score" and a "Gender Identity/Expression Score" to isolate schools that are friendly to LGB issues but not to T issues, or vice-versa.

Since the index is based on a voluntary survey, not all local schools have submitted themselves for rating here—though 204 schools nationwide have. So keep in mind: even a low rating from Campus Pride shows more commitment to LGBT issues on campus than a school that's not rated at all. Local ratings (out of 5 possible points) are after the jump.

American University
: 4.5
Sexual Orientation Score: 4.5
Gender Identity/Expression Score: 4.5

University of Maryland, College Park: 4.5
Sexual Orientation Score: 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score: 4

George Mason University: 4
Sexual Orientation Score: 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score: 4

George Washington University: 4
Sexual Orientation Score: 3.5
Gender Identity/Expression Score: 3.5

Virginia Tech:
3.5
Sexual Orientation Score: 4
Gender Identity/Expression Score: 2

University of Virginia
: 3
Sexual Orientation Score: 4
Gender Identity/Expression Score: 2

Maryland Institute College Of Art (MICA):
2.5
Sexual Orientation Score: 4.5
Gender Identity/Expression Score: 2.5

Towson University
: 2.5
Sexual Orientation Score: 2
Gender Identity/Expression Score: 1

Not rated: Georgetown University, Catholic University, and Howard University.

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Comments

  1. #1

    Go Terps!

  2. #2

    Of course Georgetown wasn't rated. I'm sure they objected to it on the basis of their Jesuit affiliation. It's hard for me to believe that GU only JUST began and LGBTQ outreach center when I began my MA there in '07 after a series of anti-gay incidents.

    While I respect the religious affiliation of GU and the Jesuit identity, I also feel like Georgetown uses that as an excuse to ignore problems on their campus rather than have an intellectual and rational debate about the role of tolerance in education (even a Catholic education).

  3. #3

    If you're including Baltimore schools, you should find out what JHU's rating is. As a Johns Hopkins student I'm very curious.

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