Another perfect score from an annual LGBT ranking of colleges puts Atlanta’s gayest campus among a national elite for LGBT-friendliness, but it’s not the only local campus on top – or on bottom.
Southern-bred Campus Pride compiles its annual gay index of colleges and universities for parents and students to consider when choosing the right school, and Emory once again notches five out of five stars when it comes to LGBT academic life, LGBT student life and LGBT housing. The list of participating campuses grows each year, according to Campus Pride co-founder Shane Windemeyer.
“For six years in a row, Campus Pride has seen an increase in the number of campuses coming out as LGBT-friendly and making notable improvements to LGBT academic life, so we decided to honor 50 campuses with our national distinction,” Windmeyer says in a prepared statement with the release of the 2014 results. “Today the Campus Pride Index has over 425 campuses featured online and for the first time ever we have 56 campuses who achieved the highest five stars overall rating, the largest number to date.”
Other campuses in metro Atlanta and across the state also made Campus Pride’s hall of fame cut. Top marks go to Agnes Scott College and Kennesaw State University with 4.5 out of 5 stars each. Georgia Tech earned 4 out of 5 stars and UGA ranked 3.5 stars. Lawrenceville’s Georgia Gwinnett College and Milledgeville’s Georgia College & State University each got 3 stars.
Plodding Georgia’s LGBT walk of shame are Atlanta’s Spelman College with 2.5 stars, as well as Clayton State in Morrow and Southern Polytechnic in Marietta with 1.5 stars each. Outside the metro, Valdosta State University also ranked just 1.5 stars.
Campus Pride ups the Top 50 from a Top 25 in years past. Emory’s inclusion then and now should come as no surprise. After all, this is the school that wants to know all about your boozing and bottoming and loves the ins and outs of your mobile trolling.
View the full Campus Pride Index.