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These Are The Most LGBTQ-Inclusive Universities And Colleges In America, 2016

Most LGBTQ-Inclusive Universities And Colleges In America, 2016

Cornell University has been named as one of the best universities in the U.S in welcoming LGBTQ students, according to the Campus Pride list of the top LGBTQ-inclusive universities and Colleges for 2016. Other institutions on the list include Penn, Princeton, UCLA, UMD and the University of Washington.

In order for a university or college to make the top list, they must score the highest percentages in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) friendly benchmarks for policies, programs and practices, conducted for and by LGBTQ experts in the field of higher education.

Take a look at the 30 most LGBTQ-inclusive universities and colleges, the order in which they’re presented is not intended to imply a ranking.

1. Cornell University

2. Elon University

3. Harvey Mudd College

4. Hobart and William Smith Colleges

5. Indiana University, Bloomington

6. Ithaca College

7. Macalester College

8. Montclair State University

9. Portland State University

10. Princeton University

11. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick

12. San Diego State University

13. Southern Oregon University

14. The Pennsylvania State University

15. Tufts University

16. University of California Los Angeles

17. University of California, Davis

18. University of California, Santa Barbara

19. University of Illinois at Chicago

20. University of Louisville

21. University of Maine at Machias

22. University of Maryland, College Park

23. University of Massachusetts, Amherst

24. University of Minnesota Twin Cities

25. University of Pennsylvania

26. University of Vermont

27. University of Washington

28. University of Wisconsin – Green Bay

29. University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

30. Washington State University

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Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is a media and technology executive, macro-economist, strategic thinker, chair, and chief executive officer of the CEOWORLD magazine, one of the world’s most influential and recognized global news publications. Under Dr. Amarendra's leadership, CEOWORLD magazine has become the world's most iconic news organization, whose rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of business leaders daily. Additionally, he serves as the chair and founding member of the CEOWORLD magazine’s Inclusion Advisory Board.

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He received his Ph.D. in Finance and Banking from the European Global School, Paris, France. He also received his Doctoral Degree in Chartered Accountancy from the European International University Paris, France, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and his master’s degree in Chartered Accountancy (CA) from European Global School Paris. Dr. Amarendra also holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Relations and Affairs from the American University of Athens, Alabama, United States.

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