Q&A LGBT-Friendly Colleges and Universities

A lot of colleges have a prompt about what you can do to add to campus diversity (I think it might be on the common app?) and I was wondering if it’s safe to write about being gay under this prompt. Obviously I wouldn’t try it for conservative colleges or religious ones, but is it something you could do anywhere? And as an extension, are there any places that actively recruit LGBT kids?

This a tricky question, but a very important one. Most colleges and universities absolutely embrace LGBT students as part of their diverse student body and thus welcome essays about LGBT diversity. There are some colleges, however, that are less than friendly. If you’re unsure about what a college might think, you have a couple of options:

  • Nondiscrimination Statements Every college or university should have a nondiscrimination statement on their website. Check and see if this statement includes sexual orientation and gender identity. If it does, you should be safe to write about your sexuality without fear of negative repercussions.
  • Campus Pride is an excellent website dedicated to helping LGBT students find colleges and universities that will support them. Each year, schools fill out campus climate surveys and Campus Pride publishes the results. The website, however, is not foolproof. Only a small minority of colleges complete the surveys. Just because a college is missing, doesn’t mean it’s unfriendly to queer students.

As for your second question, there are a few colleges that have formal recruitment policies for LGBT students. Included in the list are:

Hundreds of other colleges actively recruit LGBT students but don’t have formal policies in place. For instance, Campus Pride runs traveling college fairs where a number of colleges will set up booths in an attempt to attract LGBT applicants to attend their respective colleges. Participants number well over 100 colleges and universities. A few off the list include:

There is a huge variety of colleges that not only affirm but seek out students of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The difficult part is finding which school you want to attend.

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