2017 Top LGBTQ-Friendly Online Schools

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This list of LGBTQ-friendly online schools includes 58 accredited institutions that have adopted policies and/or practices that demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity for LGBTQ students. Each school on this list offers at least 15 online degree programs and has earned a score of three stars or above on the Campus Pride Index, a national non-profit that worked with a team of researchers to generate national standards and assessment tools for LGBTQ-friendly institutions of higher education. In addition to this list, we highlight the unique programs available to LGBTQ students at the five-star LGBTQ-friendly online schools.

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Comprehensive List of LGBTQ-Friendly Accredited Online Schools (58)

School Annual Tuition Campus Pride Index Score
American University Annual Tuition $23,685 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
Brandeis University Annual Tuition $16,626 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
Case Western Reserve University Annual Tuition $21,285 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
Central Washington University Annual Tuition $19,710 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
Columbia University in the City of New York Annual Tuition $27,216 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
Eastern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $12,000 Campus Pride Index Score 3.0
Eastern Michigan University Annual Tuition $27,055 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
Georgia College & State University Annual Tuition $11,190 Campus Pride Index Score 3.0
Kansas State University Annual Tuition $13,179 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
Kennesaw State University Annual Tuition $8,319 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
Kent State University at Kent Annual Tuition $18,376 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
Michigan State University Annual Tuition $11,700 Campus Pride Index Score 3.0
North Carolina State University Annual Tuition $20,084 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
North Dakota State University - Main Campus Annual Tuition $8,943 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
Northern Arizona University Annual Tuition $19,050 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
Northwestern University Annual Tuition $21,886 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
Ohio State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $9,378 Campus Pride Index Score 5.0
Ohio University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $10,680 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $10,650 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
Pace University-New York Annual Tuition $16,650 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
Pennsylvania State University-World Campus Annual Tuition $14,258 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
Portland State University Annual Tuition $13,230 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
Purdue University - Main Campus Annual Tuition $9,750 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
Rochester Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $27,030 Campus Pride Index Score 3.0
Rutgers University Annual Tuition $19,500 Campus Pride Index Score 5.0
Suffolk University Annual Tuition $25,632 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
Syracuse University Annual Tuition $21,645 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
Towson University Annual Tuition $14,130 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
University of Alaska Southeast Annual Tuition $20,340 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
University of Arizona Annual Tuition $14,700 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
University of Central Florida Annual Tuition $10,080 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $7,950 Campus Pride Index Score 3.0
University of Colorado Colorado Springs Annual Tuition $22,690 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
University of Houston Annual Tuition $25,144 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
University of Idaho Annual Tuition $11,669 Campus Pride Index Score 3.0
University of Louisville Annual Tuition $15,407 Campus Pride Index Score 5.0
University of Maryland - College Park Annual Tuition $6,975 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
University of Massachusetts - Amherst Annual Tuition $11,550 Campus Pride Index Score 5.0
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Annual Tuition $26,713 Campus Pride Index Score 3.0
University of Michigan-Flint Annual Tuition $20,472 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Annual Tuition $14,476 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
University of Nebraska at Omaha Annual Tuition $10,050 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Annual Tuition $16,050 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
University of New Mexico Annual Tuition $20,549 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Annual Tuition $11,303 Campus Pride Index Score 3.0
University of Northern Iowa Annual Tuition $8,880 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
University of Southern California Annual Tuition $18,326 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
The University of Texas at Dallas Annual Tuition $25,590 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
University of Washington - Seattle Annual Tuition $8,145 Campus Pride Index Score 5.0
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Annual Tuition $12,480 Campus Pride Index Score 3.0
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Annual Tuition $19,850 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Annual Tuition $10,800 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
University of Wisconsin-Platteville Annual Tuition $11,100 Campus Pride Index Score 3.0
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Annual Tuition $11,250 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
Washington State University Annual Tuition $11,368 Campus Pride Index Score 5.0
Wichita State University Annual Tuition $15,629 Campus Pride Index Score 3.0
Widener University Annual Tuition $16,320 Campus Pride Index Score 3.5
Wright State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $23,730 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
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Five-Star LGBTQ-Friendly Online Schools

To support students in the LGBTQ community, we have created a list of the six schools which meet our minimum of 15 online degrees offered and have earned five out of five stars on the Campus Pride Index.

While some of the Campus Pride Index criteria refer to on-campus communities and resources, many other criteria, including non-discrimination statements and scholarships for LGBTQ students, are relevant to the experiences of online students. Schools receive two scores, a sexual orientation score and a gender identity/expression score, in addition to the overall Campus Pride Index score. These scores are based on a variety of factors in categories including the following:

  • LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment: this category encompasses criteria such as the existence of resource centers for LGBTQ students, active efforts to hire LGTBQ faculty and staff, and LGBTQ alumni groups.
  • LGBTQ Policy Inclusion: criteria in this category include non-discrimination statements, the option for students to self-identify gender identity/expression and sexual orientation on school documents, and health insurance coverage for employees' same sex partners.
  • LGBTQ Academic Life: this category includes the existence of LGBTQ studies programs or course offerings and training opportunities for faculty and staff that relate specifically to sexual orientation and gender identity issues.

Using schools' websites and online resources, we conducted extensive manual research to compile information about each of the top-ranked schools. Below we highlight specific LGBTQ-friendly undertakings at these six schools. Schools are listed in alphabetical order.

  • Online Degrees: 30
  • Annual Tuition: $9,378
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 5.0
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Ohio State University-Main Campus has an annual bachelor's tuition starting at $9,378 and out of five stars on the Campus Pride Index. With 3 online bachelor’s degrees, 25 online master’s degrees, and 2 online doctoral degrees, Ohio State University-Main Campus

provides a variety of options for online students. When applying to Ohio State University-Main Campus, prospective students may notice an optional question on the application which reads, “Do you identify as part of the LGBTQ Community?” In a public statement about the decision to include this question, the school’s administration explained that the responses will help the school "gather data about LGBTQ students and track their academic success, enrollment and retention rates, and better understand what support services, resources and activities the university can provide to serve students in the LGBTQ community.” This is evidence of the school’s commitment to inclusion and diversity. This commitment extends to the alumni community, as well. Scarlet and Gay, Ohio State University-Main Campus's active GLBT Alumni Society, publishes a newsletter with LGBTQ-related topics and hosts events in multiple locations to foster community.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (3)

Online Master's Degrees (25)

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Online Doctoral Degrees (2)

  • Online Degrees: 12
  • Annual Tuition: $19,500
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 5.0
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Rutgers University offers 12 online programs, including a Master of Social Work program. As an institution of higher education, Rutgers University has made great strides toward creating an inclusive, LGBTQ-friendly community both on campus and online. The school has made an option for students to change their names in school documentation through an online form, making it feasible and accessible to all students. There are also a wide variety of online resources for LGBTQ students online including some bilingual options. Rutgers University’s alumni also have a strong LGBTQ community; the LGBTQ Alumni have a Facebook group through which they can connect, network, and communicate about LGBTQ alumni events.

  • Online Degrees: 25
  • Annual Tuition: $15,407
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 5.0
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With an annual tuition for a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice of $15,407, University of Louisville is an affordable school with out of five stars on the Campus Pride Index. University of Louisville offers 25 online degrees including options at the bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate levels. The school offers information about a variety of online resources that exist at the national level providing support for LGBTQ students and allies. In terms of academic resources, students at University of Louisville have access to a vast online library resource dedicated to LGBTQ documents, literary texts, and online databases. The University of Louisville also provides an accessible and straightforward process for changing students’ preferred names in class rosters, the school directory, and in email usernames.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (8)

Online Master's Degrees (12)

Online Certificate Programs (5)

  • Online Degrees: 52
  • Annual Tuition: $11,550
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 5.0
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University of Massachusetts - Amherst also earned an outstanding out of 5 on the Campus Pride Index. With 52 online programs including options at all degree levels, University of Massachusetts - Amherst is a great choice for students looking for an LGBTQ-friendly school. The Stonewall Center at University of Massachusetts - Amherst is the hub of the school’s physical and online LGBTQIA+ resources. Faculty and staff have the opportunity to provide financial support to transgender people who are in the process of legally changing their name and gender on legal documents through the UMass Amherst Community Campaign. The Stonewall Center also provides a wide array of online resources and access to the weekly Queer-e newsletter.

Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (21)

Online Master's Degrees (14)

Online Doctoral Degrees (5)

Online Certificate Programs (11)

  • Online Degrees: 73
  • Annual Tuition: $8,145
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 5.0
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University of Washington - Seattle offers 73 online degree programs that span a variety of topics from Early Childhood & Family Studies to Computational Linguistics. This institution also provides a variety of unique resources that online LGBTQ students can access. Dear Queer, an anonymous advice blog, offers a virtual support community for queer students. In addition to Dear Queer, online University of Washington - Seattlestudents have access to Q Blog which provides educational articles, LGBTQ news, stories, and a virtual discussion space. University of Washington - Seattle also provides important practical online resources for the LGBTQ community, including guides to changing name and sex/gender in Washington State and in the University of Washington - Seattle student database.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (2)

Online Master's Degrees (16)

Online Doctoral Degrees (2)

Online Certificate Programs (53)

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  • Online Degrees: 44
  • Annual Tuition: $11,368
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 5.0
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Washington State University offers 44 online degree options at an undergraduate annual tuition starting at $11,368. The school’s hub for LGBTQ resources is called the Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center. This center is offers resources to both campus and online students. The online-accessible resources include a list of national hotlines and organizations for students to reach out to and instructions for how to change one’s name in the school database. The Washington State University LGBTQ community extends post-graduation, as well. The LGBT Cougs is the school’s alumni group for the LGBTQIA community, providing networking opportunities and an online social community.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (19)

Online Master's Degrees (11)

Online Certificate Programs (14)

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