Penn State Recognized Among Nation’s Most LGBTQ-Friendly Universities

For the fourth year in a row, Penn State is featured on Campus Pride’s “Best of the Best” LGBTQ-friendly College and Universities list.

Campus Pride is a national nonprofit organization that supports safer environments for LGBTQ+ students across the nation. The organization picked the top 30 colleges based on their “Campus Pride Index” and other LGBTQ-inclusive benchmark measures.

Penn State was given an overall perfect five-star rating with high marks on criteria like LGBTQ support and institutional commitment, LGBTQ student life, LGBTQ campus safety, and LGBTQ counseling and health.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as a premier campus in Campus Pride’s ‘Best of the Best’ list for being an LGBTQ+ friendly university,” Director of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity Sonya Wilmoth said in a release. “It highlights the work and investment that so many students, faculty and staff have done in advocating for our sexual- and gender-diverse communities.”

Wilmoth also commended Penn State’s student-run programs, the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and the Queer Peers first-year cohort program, for contributing to the score.

The full university list and Penn State’s report card can be found on Campus Pride’s website.

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