The University of Maryland ranks No. 5 among best colleges in the nation for LGBTQ+ students, according to a new ranking from Best Colleges and Campus Pride.
The joint ranking combines Best College’s academic and affordability metrics with Campus Pride’s Index Score, a rating system that measures LGBTQ-friendly campus life. Only universities with excellent performance on all eight factors in the index—from LGBTQ policy inclusion to recruitment and retention—were considered. UMD moved up two spots from its previous performance in 2017.
“This recognition acknowledges our institutional commitment to become a fully equitable community that supports our LGBTQ+ populations,” said Luke Jensen, director of the LGBT Equity Center. “It also indicates academic and affordable qualities that make our campus a great option for LGBTQ+ students. … We will persist in seeking new and innovative strategies to address issues that may diminish our most vulnerable populations, especially transgender people and LGBTQ+ people of color.”
The LGBT Equity Center featured prominently in an evaluation for the ranking, which cited access to support groups, peer counseling services, resources for transgender students and information about health care.
Other center-led programs also contributed to the ranking:
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