Choosing a college is a tough decision.
There are so many factors to consider: location, student-faculty ratio, majors … sexual health.
Well, the quality of sexual health resources isn’t a category in the U.S. News and World Report college rankings, but it totally should be.
From consent to sexual violence, we’ve seen a serious uptick in public conversations about safe sex on campus. And the idea of young adults getting reliable health care and information? I think that’s something we can all get behind.
So does Trojan. That’s why they’ve been publishing a sexual health report card, grading U.S. colleges in 11 categories including contraceptive availability, STI testing, and quality of online resources for the past 10 years. And the 2015 results are in.
Here are the schools that came out on top:
1. Oregon State University
OSU is valedictorian for the second year in a row after a surprising 25-slot rise from 2013 to 2014. The OSU Beavers excel when it comes to sexual health, getting perfect scores on an impressive 5 out of 11 categories, including sexual health website information quality, student peer groups programming, and contraceptive availability.
2. Stanford University
Stanford is another recent up-and-comer. After taking #20 in 2013, it skyrocketed to #5 in 2014. There’s no shortage of
sexual health resources on campus. My favorite? The Sexual Health Peer Resource Center gives every undergrad $3 every quarter to go toward sexual health products. That’s enough to cover 60 glow-in-the-dark condoms per year!
3. University of Georgia
one of 20 states that require comprehensive sex education and HIV education for schoolchildren. This state university continues that awesome trend of supporting safe and healthy sex. UGA Bulldogs can get free condoms, lube, and dental dams delivered right to their dorm doors, courtesy of the Condom Express program.
4. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Michigan Wolverines aren’t just among the best in college sports. They’re also at the top of their game when it comes to sexual health resources. Need to see a sex therapist? They’ve even got those on campus!
5. Brown University
The Bears at Brown know how to get down. Considering the stereotype that Brown students are more … free-spirited, I’m not surprised they’re the highest-ranking Ivy League school on this list. They offer a LOT of health education services, including peer-educator groups called SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness Group) and the Safer Sex Squad.
6. University of Oregon
Remember that movie “Animal House“? Yep. That was filmed on this campus. If that isn’t reason enough for them to have amazing sexual health care, I don’t know what is. Three cheers for a school that made an MTV-recommended app called SexPositive and offers free finger cots. Glad they delivered.
7. University of Iowa
It looks like the Hawkeyes like coming first: The school opened its doors just 59 days after Iowa officially became a state and has continued to be a trailblazer.
It was the first American public university to go co-ed and to award law degrees to a woman and a black person. And thanks to some amazing protestors, the school’s sexual assault policies are miles ahead of most colleges with their new affirmative consent policy.
8. Columbia University
Columbia is home of one of my favorite health advice sites: Go Ask Alice! Initially made just for Columbia students, the website has gone on to win awards and is known for the handy guidance from experts in fields ranging from medicine and public health to health education. Kudos.
9. University of Texas-Austin
This flagship institution has a very active student body. In 2002, Sports Illustrated called it the country’s best sports college. Athletes from this UT have raked in an impressive 130 Olympic medals. (Some from current students talk about extracurriculars!) Fortunately for the student body, UT-Austin is among the best colleges if you’re sexually active, too. The school boasts a 24/7 nurse advice line and offers Sexual Assault Forensic Exams on campus.
10. University of Arizona
The Wildcats have plenty to boast about. The college has a beautiful campus that features an arboretum. It’s also home to resources such as gender-confirming health care coverage and a class where students hold a Condom Olympics. And that picturesque campus? It served as the backdrop for the movie “Eating Out.”
Sadly, there’s no lack of schools that need a
lot of improvement. The probation list includes Seton Hall University at #128, Texas Tech at #134, and Brigham Young University, which came in dead last at #140.
While some schools need to step up, the good news is that Trojan’s survey has shown an overall trend of improvement in college sexual health resources across the country.
Now that’s something to get excited about.