Just as college campuses gear up for midterms, Trojan released its seventh annual sexual health report card for U.S. universities and colleges. Props to the Midwest, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (“Big Ten”) ranked number 1 with straight A’s for the first time in history. Within the top 10, the University of Iowa ranked not far behind at number 8.
A huge leap in rankings from last year, Chicago’s DePaul University jumped to 114 out of 141, up significantly from its 2011 last place ranking. This is great news for Chicago and the very urban campus. The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor campus bumped slightly out of the top ten in this year’s rankings, but still places an impressive 13. The Ivy Leagues have often remained on top, so Big Ten’s push to 1st is wonderful news for the region. The Colorado Springs U.S. Air Force Academy took DePaul’s spot this year, ranking last place.
The study is conducted annually by Sperling’s BestPlaces and looks at topics such as hours of health center operation, contraceptive and condom availability (free or low cost), STI testing on or off campus, quality and usability of sexual health information on websites, outreach programs and lectures, support resources for assault, and extra credit for those schools that may go a little further to increase sexual health awareness on their campus. Perhaps extra credit includes such fun and safe giveaways as dental dams, lube, or the female condom.
Helping your teen decide which schools to attend next fall? Or maybe you are an undergrad or grad student interested in getting more involved with your school’s sexual health curriculum? Why not use the Trojan ranking guide as a place to begin.
Till next year, off to the races!