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Before D.C.-area colleges welcome back their undergraduates from summer vacation, let’s give the schools a little test of our own. Campus Pride’s LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index rates four-year colleges and universities around the country based on their LGBT-Friendly policies, programs and practices.” The index surveys schools on eight subject areas (click through for survey questions):LGBT “Policy Inclusion,” “Support & Institutional Commitment,” “Student Life,” “Academic Life,” “Housing,” “Campus Safety,” “Counseling & Health,” and “Recruitment and Retention Efforts.” Campus Pride also administers a “Sexual Orientation Score” and a “Gender Identity/Expression Score” to isolate schools that are friendly to LGB issues but not to T issues, or vice-versa.

Since the index is based on a voluntary survey, not all local schools have submitted themselves for rating here—-though 204 schools nationwide have. So keep in mind: even a low rating from Campus Pride shows more commitment to LGBT issues on campus than a school that’s not rated at all. Local ratings (out of 5 possible points) are after the jump. American University: 4.5Sexual Orientation Score: 4.5 Gender Identity/Expression Score: 4.5

University of Maryland, College Park: 4.5 Sexual Orientation Score: 5 Gender Identity/Expression Score: 4

George Mason University: 4 Sexual Orientation Score: 5 Gender Identity/Expression Score: 4

George Washington University: 4 Sexual Orientation Score: 3.5 Gender Identity/Expression Score: 3.5 Virginia Tech: 3.5 Sexual Orientation Score: 4 Gender Identity/Expression Score: 2 University of Virginia: 3 Sexual Orientation Score: 4 Gender Identity/Expression Score: 2 Maryland Institute College Of Art (MICA): 2.5 Sexual Orientation Score: 4.5 Gender Identity/Expression Score: 2.5 Towson University: 2.5 Sexual Orientation Score: 2 Gender Identity/Expression Score: 1

Not rated: Georgetown University, Catholic University, and Howard University.

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