Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride and the creator of the Campus Pride Index, said in a statement: "More than ever colleges today want to be viewed as LGBT-friendly and a welcoming place for all students".
And she added: "LGBT students and their safety impacts the recruitment efforts of the entire campus. Upper-level administrators are now understanding how LGBT-friendliness is key to future institutional success".
The complete Campus Pride Index of university rankings features more than 425 campuses, which are ranked on a star scale of LGBT friendliness.
Some major colleges in the top 50 list include: Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, The Ohio State University, The Pennsylvania State University and UCLA.