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Macalester College is one of the 20 most LGBT-friendly in the nation, according to a list released by the Princeton Review. The list is based on surveys of 136,000 students.

Macalester secured the 14th spot on the list. Carleton College slipped off the list after placing in 2014 and 2013. Carleton College ranked 11th and Macalester College 15th in 2014’s survey, and they ranked 15th and 17th in 2013.

Wisconsin’s UW-Madison, and Iowa’s Grinnell College also made the top 20 at 10th and 18th. The survey also ranked the top 20 most LGBT-unfriendly schools. None of Minnesota’s colleges made that list.

Vocativ unearthed an interesting wrinkle in the rankings: “Gay-friendly colleges admit students with higher SAT scores than schools that are the least tolerant of gay people, according to the Princeton Review survey of the best schools.”

Here is Princeton Review’s list of LGBT-friendly colleges:
1. Emerson College (Boston)
2. Warren Wilson College (Asheville, North Carolina)
3. Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, New York)
4. Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania)
5. Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio)
6. Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut)
7. Stanford University (Stanford, California)
8. College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, Maine)
9. Wellesley College (Wellesley, Massachusetts)
10. University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, Wisconsin)
11. Smith College (Northampton, Massachusetts)
12. New College of Florida (Sarasota, Florida)
13. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (Needham, Massachusetts)
14. Macalester College (St. Paul, Minnesota)
15. Pitzer College (Claremont, California)
16. Brandeis University (Waltham, Massachusetts)
17. Prescott College (Prescott, Arizona)
18. Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa)
19. Mills College (Oakland)
20. Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York)

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Andy Birkey
Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.

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