The annual list of most lgbt friendly and least lgbt friendly college campuses has been released by the Princeton Review. Not surprisingly the list of Top 20 most friendly lgbt campuses is well represented by New England colleges and universities. Boston’s own Emerson College took the top spot with Frankiln W Olin College of Engineering in Needham and Smith College in Northamptom also placing in the top 10.
One major surprise was the presence of the University of Rhode Island in the top 10 of least lgbt friendly campuses. On the heels of Rhode Island’s recent passage of marriage equality (which had bipartisan support in the state) URI’s rank of ninth in the least lgbt friendly list was a bit unexpected. URI was the only New England representative on the least friendly list.
According to the Princeton Review the rankings are based on questionnaire responses from 122,000 students throughout the country. The students are asked 80 questions about "their school's academics, administration, student body, and themselves."
Top 20 most lgbt friendly (New England rankings):
01. Emerson College (Boston, MA)
07. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (Needham, MA)
08. Smith College (Northampton, MA)
11. Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
12. Bennington College (Bennington, VT)
14. Yale University (New Haven, CT)
19. Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT)
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