University of Maryland’s Byrd Stadium in College Park. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

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:

Cornell University

Elon University

Indiana University, Bloomington

Ithaca College

Macalester College

Montclair State University

Princeton University

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick

San Diego State University

Southern Oregon University

Ohio State University

Pennsylvania State University

Tufts 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

Williams College