One of the best things about graduating high school and going to college is that you have way more options for the type of school environment you will enter. For example, a lot of GLBT teens decide to look for gay friendly colleges. Here's information on how to do that.
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- Think about the type of school you want to go to. Do you want to go to a state school? A private school? A small liberal arts college? Somewhere with a party reputation? Would you prefer a single sex environment?
- Once you have a short list, you can start doing research.
- A great place to start is the organization Campus Pride. This group offers a "climate Index" to help students assess how a school treats GLBT students. Currently, 185 colleges participate.
- You might also want to check out print resources like, "The LGBT Students Guide to Colleges, Universities and Graduate Schools," "The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students," "The Princeton Review's: Best 368 Colleges," and "The Fiske Guide to Colleges."
- If you go on a campus tour, don't be shy to ask about the atmosphere for gay students. Find out if there are GLBT student groups and if possible try to visit one. Even if you are touring with your parents, there are usually times when you will be apart from them.
- Finding out if a school is gay friendly before you go, is so much better than arriving somewhere only to discover you are in a hostile atmosphere.
- Though it can seem nerve wracking to ask questions about GLBT campus life, remind yourself that doing so is one of the best ways to ensure that the next four years are as positive for you as possible.