2 Minnesota college campuses make top 25 LGBTQ-friendly list


Two Minnesota schools were highlighted as among the most friendly in the nation to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students.

Macalester College and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus made Campus Pride's annual "Top 25 LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities" list.

The student advocacy organization measures the campuses based on eight qualities. Each of those is then broken down further.

So for example, the "LGBTQ Campus Safety" quality looks at the schools' procedures for reporting incidents, training for hate prevention, LGBTQ student outreach, training for campus police, and support for victims of sexual violence.

According to The Column, Carleton College and Augsburg College also scored high – but didn't quite make the top 25.

Here's Campus Pride's profile of both the Minnesota institutions that did make the list.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities – 4.5/5 stars

The university got perfect 5/5 marks for LGBTQ academic life, student life, and counseling and health. But it got just a 3/5 (its lowest score) for campus safety. [Click here to see the breakdown]

Macalester College – 4.5/5 stars

Macalester ranked highly, scoring no less than a 4.5/5 in any of the eight measurements. It was given a perfect 5/5 for support and institutional commitment, academic life, housing and residence life, and campus safety.

The University of Minnesota Duluth had been on the list the past two years. But in February, Campus Pride said it wouldn't renew the designation after the ouster of women's hockey coach Shannon Miller.

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