Two New England universities — UMass Amherst and the University of Vermont — took top honors in the 2012 annual rankings of LGBT-friendly campuses released by Campus Pride in conjunction with HuffPost Gay Voices.
Campus Pride's LGBT-friendly Campus Climate Index rates institutions of higher education on a scale of 1 to 5 stars based on criteria set in eight categories: LGBT Policy Inclusion, Support & Institutional Commitment, Academic Life, Student Life, Housing & Residence Life, Campus Safety, Counseling & Health, and Recruitment and Retention Efforts.
Out of all schools that receive five stars, Campus Pride and HuffPost select 25 for special recognition.
Campuses in the top 25, like UMass Amherst and UVM, receive no further ranking, essentially tying them for first place.
Six schools from New England made the top grade of five stars.
Filling out the New England five-star ranks are: University of Maine, Farmington in Farmington, Maine; Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire; Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island; and Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
To look up scores for other schools, check out the Campus Climate Index website here.
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