Texas Universities Among Princeton Review List Of Most LGBT-Friendly, Unfriendly Campuses

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Texas A&M University made it on the LGBT-unfriendly list again this year, two years in a row

This week, Princeton Review released it's annual “The Best 379 Colleges” review list. Included among their reviews were lists of the most LGBT-friendly, and unfriendly campuses for sexual minority students in the country.

Stanford University (Stanford, Calif.) was ranked as the most LGBT-friendly university this year, while College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, Mo.) was ranked as the most LGBT-unfriendly campus.

Three Texas universities made the two lists. One Texas university was ranked among the most LGBT-friendly campuses in the nation, while two Texas universities appeared once again this year on the list of most unfriendly campuses for LGBT students.

Below are Princeton Review's list of the 20 most LGBT-friendly universities and colleges, with Texas' Rice University taking the 20th spot:

    01. Stanford University (Stanford, Calif.)

    02. Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio)

    03. Emerson College (Boston, Mass.)

    04. Smith College (Northampton, Mass.)

    05. Warren Wilson College (Asheville, N.C.)

    06. Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, Pa.)

    07. University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.)

    08. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (Needham, Mass.)

    09. New College of Florida (Sarasota, Fla).

    10. Pitzer College (Claremont, Calif.)

    11. Carleton College (Northfield, Minn.)

    12. Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, N.Y.)

    13. Yale University (New Haven, Conn.)

    14. New York University (New York, N.Y.)

    15. Macalester College (St. Paul, Minn.)

    16. Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.)

    17. Prescott College (Prescott, Ariz.)

    18. Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa)

    19. Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)

    20. Rice University (Houston, Texas)

Texas had a bigger representation on the LGBT-unfriendly list, with Baylor University and Texas A&M University appearing on the list once again this year:

    01. College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, Mo.)

    02. Grove City College (Grove City, Pa.)

    03. Wheaton College (IL) (Wheaton, Ill.)

    04. Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah)

    05. Hampden-Sydney College (Hampden-Sydney, Va.)

    06. Wake Forest University (Winston Salem, N.C.)

    07. Pepperdine University (Malibu, Calif.)

    08. Wofford College (Spartanburg, S.C.)

    09. University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Ind.)

    10. Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

    11. Baylor University (Waco, Texas)

    12. Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.)

    13. Auburn University (Auburn, Ala.)

    14. University of Tennessee (Knoxville, Tenn.)

    15. Gordon College (Wenham, Mass.)

    16. Hillsdale College (Hillsdale, Mich.)

    17. Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, Pa.)

    18. Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.)

    19. Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas)

    20. University of Mississippi (University, Miss.)

No Texas university should appear on a list that isn't welcoming of all students. Especially, ever appear multiple times in a row.

Here's hoping with all the fast advancements being made for LGBT equality, not only will there no be Texas universities on the least accepting list in the future, but more Texas universities included among the most welcoming campuses for LGBT students. (I'm looking at you, UT-Austin).

Follow Omar on Twitter at @AraizaTX.


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Omar Araiza

Staff writer Omar Araiza covers immigration, Latino voters, the U.S.-Mexico border, and LGBT issues. He is a proud South Texas native, born and raised in the lower Rio Grande Valley. Omar tweets from @AraizaTX.

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