10 Most LGBTQ-Friendly Universities in the United States

If you’re looking to study in the United States, and are more interested in universities that provide friendly environments for the LGBTQ community, you’ve come to the right place. Each year, a new list is published by the Campus Pride Index which lists the most LGBTQ-friendly universities in the United States that offer inclusive and safe experiences for students.

Unfortunately, there are still some universities that aren’t keeping up when it comes to providing safe and welcoming environments for the LGBTQ community. 

Our list below factors in academic lifestyle, housing, LGBTQ policies, and student lifestyles. As you continue reading below, we’ve discussed the 10 most LGBTQ-friendly universities in the United States, which have received perfect ratings from the Campus Pride Index. 

1. University of Oregon

Corvallis, OR, USA - August 21, 2016: Oregon State University (OSU) is a coeducational, public research university in the northwest United States, located in Corvallis, Oregon.
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Situated in Eugene, Oregon, you’ll find the University of Oregon, a university with more than 25,000 students and one of the most friendly when welcoming LGBTQ students. The University of Oregon offers LGBTQ scholarships for its students, along with career advice and special organizations. The university also offers services to the community that suit the gay community’s beliefs and personal lifestyle.

2. University of Washington

Seattle, Washington: October 24, 2019: The University of Washington campus in the city of Seattle. There are 46,166 students enrolled at the University of Washington.
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You’ll find the University of Washington located in the rainy city of Seattle, and it currently holds the 72nd ranking as one of the top universities for campus pride. The University of Washington has one of the best resource centers of LGBTQ students and continues to receive excellent scores for its academic lifestyle, student lifestyle, health, and recruitment. 

3. Pennsylvania State University

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Founded in 1855, Pennsylvania State University has one of the top university rankings and has more than 46,000 students. Their LGBTQ resource center has various programs, information, and education to teach students about sexuality and gender studies. Pennsylvania State University also provides other students with the opportunity to become involved with LGBTQ student groups. 

4. The Ohio State University

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Situated in Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State University is a top-ranked university and has a multicultural center for students of the LGBTQ community. Some of the groups offered by the university are coming out for racial equality and the community of LGBTQ students and allies. Throughout the year, the university also has many LGBTQ-friendly events including National Coming Out Day, which is held in October.

5. Tufts University

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Situated in Medford, Tufts University holds its five-star ranking with the Campus Pride index because of its ability to offer LGBTQ-friendly housing, healthcare, and the ability to make pronoun changes. In addition, it does an excellent job of welcoming the LGBTQ community and offers a safe space for students to explore and embrace their gender and sexuality. 

6. Rutgers University

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Founded in 1766, Rutgers University has more than 48,000 students and offers Social Justice Education and a supportive environment for the LGBTQ community. Its supportive environment covers the basis of giving career advice, helping with networking, providing referrals to students who need it, and offering training. In addition, Rutgers University also provides excellent scholarships for LGBTQ students. 

7. University of Colorado at Boulder

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The University of Colorado at Boulder has an outstanding reputation for welcoming and celebrating the LGBTQ community. It offers gender and sexuality services to its students along with hosting a TRANSforming Gender Conference to the community. In addition, it also remains one of the top sponsors of Pridefest, which is one of the largest pride festivals in the United States. 

8. University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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The University of Massachusetts at Amherst is one of the LGBTQ-friendly universities in the United States and has more than 28,000 students who attend its university. The Stonewall Center is its LGBTQ resource center and was one of the first to open in the United States, offering cultural and educational programs. Its resources offer services to students such as referrals, support, and information as they need it. 

9. Princeton University

PRINCETON, NJ -13 MARCH 2015- Princeton University, a private Ivy League research university in New Jersey, has been ranked the number one undergraduate college by US News & World Report in 2014.
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You’ve most likely already heard of Princeton University, one of the most prestigious universities in the United States (ranked 12th worldwide), and it also has a five-star rating with the Campus Pride Index. Princeton University’s LGBTQ resource center was established in 2005, and it provides a comfortable environment for the LGBTQ community, allowing them to discuss gender studies and attend LGBTQ-friendly events.

10. University of Pennsylvania

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Located in Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania has more than 20,000 students at its university, with its LGBTQ resource center being one of the oldest in the United States. Their resource center has served the university for more than 30 years and provides the community with a safe place for socializing, and studying, and a place to provide peer mentorships and LGBTQ-friendly events. The University of Pennsylvania offers undergraduate and graduate programs. 

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