A new poll lists the University of Maryland among the top 25 colleges in the country most friendly toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.
In the seventh year of the annual Campus Pride Index poll, the University of Maryland at College Park earned recognition for its inclusive campus and safety and resources for LGBT students. The school was the only university in the greater Washington region to be named to the top 25.
The criteria for the index includes policies and programs in place at schools around the country to promote diversity and support for LGBT youths on campus. In the past year, the University of Maryland started the Lavender Leadership Honor Society, which administration officials hailed as “the world’s first collegiate leadership honor society recognizing student efforts that help LGBTQ communities to flourish both on and off campus.”
The school also hosted the hosted the “Somewhere Over the Rainbow conference,” which centered around top issues in the LGBT community and education.
Other schools to make the list included Elon University, which jumped 350 spots to land in the top 25. In recent years, the private school in North Carolina has revised its policies to allow transgender students compete on the gender-specific athletics teams that match their identity and designated dozens of restrooms on campus for universal use. Overall, a total of 3.5 percent of the class of 2019 self-identified as LGBT at Elon.
Here’s the complete list of the Campus Pride Index top 25, in alphabetical order:
Indiana University, Bloomington
Montclair State University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick
San Diego State University
Southern Oregon University
Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Louisville
University of Maine at Machias
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Vermont
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay