Columbia University Tops the Trojan® Sexual Health Report Card Rankings for the Second Year in a Row

PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second year in a row Columbia University tops the rankings in the annual Trojan Sexual Health Report Card, making it the only school in Report Card history to repeat at number one. The study, from the makers of Trojan® Brand Condoms and fielded by Sperling's BestPlaces, calls attention to the state of sexual health on campuses nationwide by ranking them according to accessibility of sexual health resources and information to students.

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Columbia continues to be a model of excellence when it comes to sexual health resources, earning perfect scores in categories such as HIV testing for students, contraceptive availability, as well as the newly implemented "Extra Credit" category, which incorporated student testimonials to gauge sentiment on campus.

"Columbia's focus on sexual health is a clear priority on-campus, supported whole-heartedly by the students, faculty and administration," said Bert Sperling, president of Sperling's BestPlaces. "The renowned 'Go Ask Alice!' website, coupled with more than 15 student health groups makes it no surprise that the university consistently tops the rankings."

Undergraduate Rankings:

In addition to Columbia's No. 1 seed, the Ivy League continued to dominate the rankings. Princeton University registered another impressive score, climbing from No. 8 to No. 3, while Brown University moved up from No. 5 to No. 4.  Rounding out the top five are two schools whose rankings improved dramatically -- the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign jumped 62 spots from last year to finish at No. 2, while Oregon State University ranked 5th after ranking 33rd in 2010. Illinois' jump can be largely attributed to a sexual health blog now listed on the university's resource page, while Oregon State's was spurred by a vastly improved advice column.  

Meanwhile, the bottom five consisted of some familiar names, as Seton Hall University (No. 137), Chicago State University (No. 138), Brigham Young University (No. 140) and DePaul University (No. 141) all returned to the bottom of the rankings for the second year in a row. The U.S. Air Force Academy saw a significant drop this year, finishing at No. 139 after placing 96th in 2010.

Top Ten Sexually Healthy Schools


1.    Columbia University in the City of New York

2.    University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign

3.    Princeton University

4.    Brown University

5.    Oregon State University

6.    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

7.    Colorado State University

8.    University of Florida

9.    University of Iowa

10.  University of South Carolina-Columbia


Bottom Ten Schools in Sexual Health


132. Baylor University

133. St. John's University-New York

134. New Mexico State University-Main Campus

135. Providence College

136. Troy State University-Main Campus

137. Seton Hall University

138. Chicago State University

139. U.S. Air Force Academy

140. Brigham Young University

141. DePaul University



"Now in its sixth year, the Trojan Sexual Health Report Card continues to call attention to the importance of sexual health resources on campus and inspire students to take action into their own hands," said Bruce Tetreault, group product manager of Trojan sexual health products. "By taking innovative steps to provide access to sexual health information, schools like Columbia University are able to rank highly and, more importantly, provide this important information to students."

Rising Up the Ranks

This year's rankings saw a number of significant jumps, the largest coming from Texas A&M, which rose 73 spots from No. 110 to No. 37. Northwestern University continued their impressive climb up the Report Card rankings, achieving the No. 28 spot. This is the third consecutive year that the Wildcats have improved their ranking, moving up from 90th in 2008 to 88th in 2009 to 63rd in 2010. The improvement is attributed to Northwestern's extensive peer education programs that provide students with a wealth of information, events and workshops on sexual health.

Other notable jumps include the aforementioned University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which climbed 62 spots from No. 64 to No. 2, and Colorado State University from No. 64 to No. 7. In fact, all three Colorado schools -- Colorado State (from No. 64 to No. 7), University of Denver (from No. 74 to No. 31) and University of Colorado at Boulder (from No. 75 to No. 56) saw improvements in their rankings.

Report Card Rivalries:

The Trojan Sexual Health Report Card adds a new challenge to some of the more heated collegiate rivalries. Check them out below:

  • New Big 10 member, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln may help bolster the conference's football prowess, but the Cornhuskers are lagging in the rankings. Nebraska is the conference's lowest ranking school at No. 84, 16 spots behind the University of Minnesota (No. 68).

  • In the ACC, Duke University's two year run at the top of the conference came to an end, as their ranking (No. 50) was topped by a pair of in-state rivals, North Carolina State University (No. 21) and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (No. 25).  

  • The University of Oklahoma and University of Alabama may be fighting head-to-head for football supremacy, but when it comes to sexual health information on campus, Alabama's got the Sooners beat, ranking at No. 38, compared to Oklahoma's 65.

Conference Bragging Rights:

With conferences in flux as schools shift memberships, there were some shake ups at the top of this year's conference rankings. After losing the title in 2010 for the first time in three years, the Ivy League regained supremacy in 2011 with an overall conference GPA of 3.13 (out of a possible 4.0). Their high score is thanks to five Ivy League schools (Columbia, Princeton, Brown, Yale and Cornell) making it into the top-twenty.

The Big Ten led in 2010, but slipped to number two with a 2.94 GPA, thanks in part to conference newcomer University of Nebraska bringing in the lowest individual GPA (2.45).

The Big Ten was followed by the newly adjusted Pac-12 (2.84), SEC (2.65), ACC (2.60), Big 12 (2.53), MAC (2.52), Conference USA (2.39), WAC (2.29), Mountain West (2.28), Sun Belt (2.23) and Big East (2.09).

Diagnosing the Sexual Health of Top Medical Schools

This year's Trojan Sexual Health Report Card featured some new analysis.  For the first time, it took a deeper look at medical schools, the institutions that will shape America's next wave of sexual health educators.  Of note, only three of America's top 10 medical schools(1) -- Columbia University, University of Washington Seattle Campus and Johns Hopkins -- had independent sexual health facilities for medical students.  

Rankings & Methodology

The Trojan Sexual Health Report Card is an annual ranking of the sexual health resources and information available to students on campuses nationwide. Independent research firm, Sperling's BestPlaces analyzes more than 140 major campuses drawn from conferences within the Bowl Championship Series and beyond. These schools include students representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Sperling's BestPlaces researchers collected extensive data via student health center representatives, along with follow-up secondary research on those centers and students on campus. Student health centers were graded on services across 13 separate categories, including the following:

  1. Student opinion of Health Center
  2. Hours of operation
  3. Allow drop-ins or require appointments for student scheduling
  4. Separate sexual health awareness programs for students (e.g. Sex week, etc)
  5. Contraceptive availability -- free or at cost
  6. Condom availability -- free or at cost
  7. HIV testing on-site (On/off campus, cost)
  8. STI testing on-site (On/off campus, cost)
  9. Anonymous advice for students available through center (via email, phone, text)
  10. Lecture/outreach programs for sexual health issues
  11. Student peer groups
  12. Availability of sexual assault programs, resources or service
  13. Website usability, functionality

"Schools that did well in this year's report card tended to score uniformly high across all categories, while those ranked towards the bottom were less consistent in category grades," said Sperling. Students who would like to inform researchers of the positive changes they are making on campus can email Trojan at TrojanReportCard@edelman.com.

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ABOUT SPERLING'S BESTPLACES

Bert Sperling has been helping people find their own "Best Place" to live, work and retire for more than 20 years. His firm, Sperling's BestPlaces, puts facts in the hands of the public so they can make better decisions about best places to live, work, retire, play, or relocate. His bestselling books, Cities Ranked and Rated and Best Places to Raise Your Family, are published by John Wiley & Sons.  More information about Bert and his work is available at www.bestplaces.net.

(1) "Best Medical Schools: Research." U.S. News & World Report. 2011

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Complete Trojan Sexual Health Report Card Rankings






Top Undergraduate Schools:






School Name

2011 rank

2010 rank

Columbia University in the City of New York

1

1

University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign

2

64

Princeton University

3

8

Brown University

4

5

Oregon State University

5

33

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

6

4

Colorado State University

7

64

University of Florida

8

17

University of Iowa

9

6

University of South Carolina-Columbia

10

30

University of Wisconsin-Madison

11

32

University of California-Berkeley

12

54

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

13

9

Yale University

14

12

University of Arizona

15

34

Ball State University

16

31

Cornell University-Endowed Colleges

17

13

Ohio University-Main Campus

18

73

University of Connecticut

19

22

University of Louisville

20

82

North Carolina State University At Raleigh

21

71

Stanford University

22

37

University of Georgia

23

47

West Virginia University

24

15

University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill

25

36

University of Missouri-Columbia

26

58

University of Pittsburgh-Main Campus

27

21

Northwestern University

28

63

Louisiana State University A&M and Hebert Law

29

26

Harvard University

30

16

University of Denver

31

74

University of Maryland-College Park

32

55

The University of Texas At Austin

33

23

Ohio State University-Main Campus

34

3

California State University-Fresno

35

85

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

36

14

Texas A&M University

37

110

The University of Alabama

38

48

Michigan State University

39

2

University of Southern Mississippi

40

60

Tulane University of Louisiana

41

84

University of Pennsylvania

42

38

University of Washington- Seattle Campus

43

50

San Jose State University

44

27

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

45

98

University of Oregon

46

7

Western Kentucky University

47

67

Rice University

48

24

Syracuse University

49

53

Duke University

50

29

University of Kansas Main Campus

51

25

University of Kentucky

52

57

Florida Atlantic University-Boca Raton

53

18

Western Michigan University

54

11

University of Southern California

55

51

University of Colorado At Boulder

56

75

University at Buffalo

57

40

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

58

112

University of Miami

59

56

University of Utah

60

103

Kansas State University

61

28

University of Nevada-Reno

62

83

Indiana University-Bloomington

63

39

Purdue University-Main Campus

64

19

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus

65

70

Boise State University

66

62

Dartmouth College

67

80

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

68

10

University of South Florida

69

87

University of Arkansas Main Campus

70

99

Kent State University-Main Campus

71

46

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

72

35

University of New Mexico-Main Campus

73

72

University of Virginia-Main Campus

74

42

East Carolina University

75

79

Florida International University

76

49

Washington State University

77

43

University of Toledo

78

90

University of Tulsa

79

91

Bowling Green State University-Main Campus

80

103

Iowa State University

81

100

San Diego State University

82

102

Arizona State University At the Tempe Campus

83

89

University of Nebraska At Lincoln

84

78

University of California-Los Angeles

85

92

Clemson University

86

131

University of Arkansas At Little Rock

87

88

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

88

41

Central Michigan University

89

45

University of Hawaii At Manoa

90

108

University of Central Florida

91

94

University of Memphis

92

115

Villanova University

93

76

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

94

69

Vanderbilt University

95

66

Wake Forest University

96

114

Middle Tennessee State University

97

52

Northern Illinois University

98

59

University of Idaho

99

141

University of Mississippi Main Campus

100

95

Utah State University

101

125

Florida State University

102

67

Georgetown University

103

120

University of Houston-University Park

104

101

Marquette University

105

107

Marshall University

106

138

Miami University-Oxford

107

61

University of Louisiana At Monroe

108

20

University of South Alabama

109

111

University of North Texas

110

77

University of Wyoming

111

93

The University of Texas-Pan American

112

86

Southern Methodist University

113

106

Texas Tech University

114

122

The University of Tennessee

115

117

Texas Christian University

116

121

Mississippi State University

117

44

Utah Valley University

118

113

Savannah State University

119

118

Auburn University Main Campus

120

136

University of Akron Main Campus

121

105

Boston College

122

109

Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

123

119

Eastern Michigan University

124

81

University of New Orleans

125

127

University of Louisiana At Lafayette

126

134

The University of Texas At El Paso

127

116

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

128

135

University of Notre Dame

129

132

Arkansas State University-Main Campus

130

128

Louisiana Tech University

131

133

Baylor University

132

123

St. John's University-New York

133

129

New Mexico State University-Main Campus

134

97

Providence College

135

126

Troy State University-Main Campus

136

130

Seton Hall University

137

124

Chicago State University

138

137

U.S. Air Force Academy

139

96

Brigham Young University

140

140

DePaul University

141

139



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