The Princeton Review released this week its annual rankings of the best colleges and universities in the U. But the test prep company did more than just crown party schools, it also broke higher education institutions down into 62 lists measuring everything from dorms to food. Emerson earned the title in and , as well. Emerson's LGBT friendliness made the news a few years ago when members of its Phi Alpha Tau fraternity chapter started a viral crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a transgender brother's female-to-male top surgery. The rest was donated to charity. Otherwise, the top LGBT-friendly schools were mostly private liberal arts colleges.
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This is particularly relevant to students, as college is a place of self-discovery, and somewhere many LGBTQ people choose to come out or experiment with their identity. College can be expensive, so any financial help is usually welcome. What you might not know is that there are scholarships available specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. Making new friends is part of the college experience for any student. It also helps to research gay-friendly businesses, such as bars, cafes and shops.
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Josh Bergeleen credits his college with helping him discover his identity. Many colleges are competing to recruit gay students. Universities are, in fact, welcoming the growing number of arriving students who feel comfortable being out as gay or transgender. A growing number of campuses are launching programs to attract and hold onto LGBT students, including college fairs aimed at LGBT applicants, LGBT student-support offices, special graduation ceremonies, and housing and healthcare for transgender students. During his time at Emory, Bergeleen led gay student groups on campus and worked in the admissions office.
With the Tyler Clementi suicide at Rutgers and the recent spate of gay teen suicides in the news, many people are wondering what colleges are safe for gay teens. Here's a guide to 10 of the best. For all the gay and lesbians students out there, it's not only important to pick a welcoming campus, but just as important to pick the right welcoming campus. We borrowed this list of the top 10 gay-friendly schools from Newsweek , which has a comprehensive guide to which schools are safest for gay and lesbian students.