A group using data from the LGBTQ college group Campus Pride has named Salt Lake Community College as the most affordable LGBTQ-friendly college in the country.
“Utahns looking for an affordable in-state option that ranks well for LGBTQ-friendliness should consider Salt Lake Community College. The two-year public college offers four associate degree programs and is home to one of the most diverse student bodies in the state,” Student Loan Hero writes in a release. “Student organizations and regularly scheduled LGBTQ social activities help give SLCC its four-star Campus Pride Index rating, while its tuition for in-state students falls just below $4,000 a year. But that value isn’t reserved for in-state students — SLCC also ranks No. 4 in the out-of-state rankings, making it a reasonable option for LGBTQ students across the country.”
For LGBTQ Pride Month, Student Loan Hero researchers culled colleges and universities with a four-star rating or higher and ranked these schools based on affordability.
The group found that public schools offer the best bet for in-state students looking for affordability. The 10 most affordable LGBTQ-friendly schools are public colleges, while the 10 least affordable are private universities.
They also found that more expensive schools are slightly less LGBTQ-friendly, on average. The average Campus Pride Index rating of the 10 least affordable LGBTQ-friendly schools is 4.35 out of 5, compared with 4.5 for the 10 most affordable schools.
The University of Utah, which earned a 4.5 out of 5 rating from College Pride, ranked 31st in the group’s findings.
The full data can be found here.