Evaluating potential colleges is a thrilling, if nerve-wracking experience for most students. It’s exciting to select a major, explore different campuses, and contemplate your first taste of independence—but the process can also be a little scary, particularly if you self-identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ).
Affordable Colleges has put together massive resources for the LGBTQ community.
Affordable Colleges.org LGBTQ guide covers several important topics including:
The Affordable College website has some great suggestions for finding the right fit for any college student:
For LGBTQ students exploring potential colleges, taking a few extra steps in the process can shed light on any school’s approach to inclusivity.
As you narrow down your list, consider the elements of an LGBTQ-friendly school covered above. Evaluate the campus presence of LGBTQ organizations, the dedicated resources the school has provided to LGBTQ students, the school policy around LGBTQ issues, and its academic offerings.
When you’re looking at potential colleges you should try to find a place where you can comfortably spend the next few years of your life. This can be a tall order for any high school senior, and even more so for LGBTQ students. Fortunately, there are a few indicators that can signal how LGBTQ-friendly a given school is. Schools with LGBTQ clubs or curriculums that cover LGBTQ issues are generally pretty accepting. Visible signs of acceptance, like rainbows, pink triangles, and designated safe zones, are another way to measure a school’s LGBTQ culture.
The Lambda 10 Project – National Clearinghouse for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Fraternity & Sorority Issues works to heighten the visibility of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members of the college fraternity and sororities by serving as a clearinghouse for educational resources and educational materials related to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression as it pertains to the fraternity/sorority experience.