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Can’t Get Into Stanford? Here’s Gay-Friendliest College You’ve Never Heard Of

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Ever heard of the New College of Florida? If not, and you’re approaching high school graduation (or your kid is), add it to your list. Because if you can’t get into New York University or Stanford, New College is the third most gay-friendly school in the nation.

It shouldn’t be terribly surprising that the Princeton Review ranks NYU as its gay friendliest school: The university is plopped down in the middle of the most gay-friendly district in one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world. Of course, that doesn’t mean the school has to foster an environment of acceptance for students, but word is, it does!

But good luck getting in. Stanford, at No. 2, is also an academic long shot unless your SAT score is 2400, you’ve got extracurriculars and volunteer work out the azz, and the past three generations of your family attended. And if you don’t have that going for you?

Check out New College, a school of just 785 students in Sarasota.

Maybe not so shocking is that, among its accolades — which, in addition to gay-friendly, include “Great Financial Aid” and “Nobody Plays Intramural Sports” — are “Least Religious Students,” “Most Liberal Students,” and “Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians.”

And if that weren’t enough, just check out that campus.