Did you know 20 years old is the median age that young adults come out as lesbian, gay and bisexual? That's according to a 2013 Pew Research survey, and as The Hechinger Report points out, that's exactly college age. And with college enrollment remaining stagnant across the U.S. (and even declining at some schools), institutions are upping their game at attracting LGBT students.
By advertising and building up their LGBT programs and resources such as LGBT housing, student support offices and graduation ceremonies, colleges are hoping to have a competitive enrollment advantage over other institutions.
"If you want to attract the best and brightest students, you don’t want competitors to get a leg up,” Genny Beemyn, director of University of Massachusetts' LGBT support center, told The Report.
Kennesaw State University’s vice president for student success, Jerome Ratchford, said administrators know that meeting LGBT students' needs would help these students become successful and attract more LGBT students to the school.
"What is happening now [with LGBT students] is what happened with minorities,” he said.
Prospective college students looking for a school that supports LGBT students can check out the Campus Pride Index, which asks colleges survey questions (i.e. "Does your campus offer health insurance coverage to employees’ same-sex partners?") to determine how LGBT friendly they are.
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