Princeton University Makes the Grade & Claims Top Spot in the 2013 Trojan™ Sexual Health Report Card Rankings Princeton claims No. 1 for the first time, helping the Ivy League earn high marks in the annual ranking on sexual health resources available at college campuses

EWING, N.J., Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Princeton University cracked the code and took the top spot in this years' eighth annual Trojan™ Sexual Health Report Card, dethroning last years' leader, the University of Illinois. The annual study sponsored by the makers of Trojan™ Brand Condoms and conducted 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 available to students on campus.

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After three straight years in the top 10, Princeton University finally reached No. 1, earning perfect scores in the critical areas of HIV testing and condom availability.

"The Tigers have done a commendable job across the board, and in 2013, scored highly in almost every category," said Bert Sperling, president of Sperling's BestPlaces. "Over the past few years, the university has invested time and resources to provide exemplary programming on campus, and it's no surprise it's paid off with a top ranking."

Ivies and Big Ten Battle: Social Media Changes the Game

The Ivy League and Big Ten conferences rekindled their annual rivalry, as the two leagues dominated the rankings with three schools from each placing in the top 10.  In addition to the aforementioned Princeton University, Columbia University jumped one spot to finish at No. 2, while Brown University made their fifth straight showing in the top 10, placing fifth. After recent years of conference shuffling the Big Ten finished just behind the Ivies, with the University of Iowa (No. 4), last year's winner the University of Illinois (No. 6), and the University of Wisconsin (No. 10) all finishing in the top 10.

"The internet has been the great equalizer in the rankings, and with the rise of digital and social platforms, even schools with minimal resources are keeping students informed," said Sperling. "This has greatly influenced the study year-over-year, and we're excited to see how this trend evolves as schools and students get savvier about their sexual health and campus resources."

Top 10 Sexually Healthy Schools

1.  Princeton University
2.  Columbia University
3.  University of Arizona
4.  University of Iowa
5.  Brown University
6.  University of Illinois
7.  Rutgers University
8.  The University of Texas At Austin
9.  University of Denver
10. University of Wisconsin

Campuses to Watch: Making Big Moves

Big improvements came from a wide range of schools across all categories, the largest coming from the University of Georgia, which jumped 15 spots from No. 27 to No. 12 in 2013. The University of Denver fittingly rose like the Rocky Mountains, climbing 10 spots to No. 7, and returned to the top 10 for the first time since 2008.  Perennial powerhouse Stanford University also earned a big jump, moving up 14 spots to No. 20. 

Conference Rivals Battle for Sexual Health Supremacy

The Trojan™ Sexual Health Report Card adds a new spark to some of the more heated collegiate rivalries:

  • Auburn University and The University of Alabama may be in competition on the gridiron, but when it comes to sexual health information on campus, the Tide rolls again, with Alabama topping the Auburn Tigers by more than 50 spots, coming in at No. 37. 
  • The University of Michigan takes their heated rivalry with the Ohio State University outside the stadium, topping the Buckeyes for the third straight year, ranking No. 11 compared to Ohio State's No. 22. 
  • The University of Oregon may have an edge on the storied football rivalry with Oregon State University, but for sexual health resources, the Beavers topped the Ducks, ranking in at No, 26 compared to the Ducks' No. 49.

"For eight straight years, the Trojan™ Sexual Health Report Card has been about celebrating positive sexual health practices and the students who are making change on campus," said Colin Adamo, a sexual health educator, and member of the Trojan™ Sexual Health Advisory Council.  "Whether it's making condoms available at the health center or newly formed peer groups, each year we are seeing great strides in the advancement of resources on campus, many times led by the students themselves." 

Sparking Change on Campus

Students and school health administrators can obtain information on how to spark change on campus by downloading The Trojan™ Sexual Health E-Toolkit.  The kit is an easy-to-use, downloadable resource with the information and resources they need to stay sexually healthy on campus. Visit www.FactsAboutCondoms.com to download the kit or obtain fact-based insights, tips and resources on all things sexual health.

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, analyzed 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 services they provide on campus. Student health centers were graded on services across 11 separate categories, including the following:

  • Hours of operation
  • Allow drop-ins or require appointments for student scheduling
  • Quality of sexual health information and resources on website
  • Contraceptive availability -- free or at cost
  • Condom availability -- free or at cost
  • HIV testing on-site (On/off campus, cost)
  • STI testing on-site (On/off campus, cost)
  • Lecture/outreach programs and student peer groups for sexual health education
  • Sexual assault programs, resources or services
  • Overall website usability and quality
  • Extra credit

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ABOUT SPERLING'S BESTPLACES

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School Name

2013

2012

2011

Princeton University

1

4

3

Columbia University

2

3

1

University of Arizona

3

7

15

University of Iowa

4

8

9

Brown University

5

2

4

University of Illinois

6

1

2

Rutgers University

7

11

13

The University of Texas At Austin

8

15

33

University of Denver

9

17

31

University of Wisconsin

10

5

11

University of Michigan

11

13

6

University of Georgia

12

27

23

Yale University

13

6

14

University of Pittsburgh

14

19

27

University of Florida

15

12

8

Syracuse University

16

25

49

Tulane University of Louisiana

17

26

41

University of Maryland

18

28

32

University of South Carolina

19

23

10

Stanford University

20

34

22

Colorado State University

21

9

7

Ohio State University

22

14

34

Harvard University

23

35

30

Florida Atlantic University-Boca Raton

24

31

53

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

24

33

45

Oregon State University

26

10

5

University of California-Berkeley

27

22

12

Pennsylvania State University

28

24

36

University of Connecticut

29

16

19

Northwestern University

30

32

28

Cornell University

31

20

17

Duke University

32

41

50

North Carolina State University

33

38

21

Ohio University

34

39

18

University of Colorado

35

40

56

University of Louisville

36

18

20

The University of Alabama

37

21

38

University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill

38

44

25

Louisiana State University

39

37

29

West Virginia University

40

29

24

Indiana University-Bloomington

41

42

63

Ball State University

42

30

16

University of Missouri

43

46

26

University of Kentucky

44

36

52

Michigan State University

45

48

39

University of Minnesota

46

55

68

University of Washington

47

58

43

University of Oregon

48

49

46

Purdue University

49

51

64

East Carolina University

50

50

75

University at Buffalo

51

54

57

University of Cincinnati

52

43

58

Rice University

53

65

48

University of Utah

54

63

60

University of Southern California

55

66

55

California State University-Fresno

56

45

35

Kansas State University

57

64

61

San Jose State University

58

68

44

Western Michigan University

59

67

54

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

60

53

72

University of Miami

61

61

59

University of Pennsylvania

62

57

42

Florida International University

63

56

76

Mississippi State University

64

79

117

University of Kansas

65

47

51

Western Kentucky University

66

59

47

Boise State University

67

52

66

Florida State University

68

71

102

Texas A&M University

69

60

37

Bowling Green State University

70

69

80

Dartmouth College

71

73

67

University of South Florida

72

70

69

Kent State University

73

74

71

Northern Illinois University

74

81

98

University of Nebraska

75

75

84

University of Southern Mississippi

76

62

40

Georgia Institute of Technology

77

77

94

Middle Tennessee State University

78

78

97

University of Oklahoma

79

85

65

University of Virginia

80

86

74

Washington State University

81

94

77

University of Central Florida

82

82

91

University of Idaho

83

80

99

University of California-Los Angeles

84

87

85

Miami University-Oxford

85

96

107

Virginia Tech

86

90

88

University of Arkansas

87

84

70

Arizona State University

88

72

83

Wake Forest University

89

101

96

Iowa State University

90

98

81

Auburn University

91

91

120

University of Toledo

92

88

78

University of Nevada-Reno

93

76

62

Clemson University

94

102

86

University of New Mexico

95

93

73

Georgetown University

96

95

103

San Diego State University

97

105

82

Eastern Michigan University

98

103

124

University of Tulsa

99

89

79

Marshall University

100

92

106

The University of Texas-Pan American

101

97

112

New Mexico State University

102

83

134

University of Arkansas At Little Rock

103

99

87

Utah State University

104

100

101

Vanderbilt University

105

106

95

University of Akron

106

108

121

Oklahoma State University

107

104

123

Villanova University

108

112

93

DePaul University

109

114

141

The University of Alabama At Birmingham

110

107

128

Central Michigan University

111

111

89

Southern Methodist University

112

122

113

Marquette University

113

117

105

Boston College

114

116

122

University of Hawaii

115

109

90

Texas Tech University

116

119

114

University of Memphis

117

110

92

Texas Christian University

118

113

116

University of Mississippi

119

115

100

University of North Texas

120

123

110

The University of Tennessee

121

121

115

University of Wyoming

122

124

111

University of Houston

123

118

104

The University of Texas At El Paso

124

120

127

Arkansas State University

125

126

130

Baylor University

126

129

132

University of Louisiana At Monroe

127

125

108

University of Notre Dame

128

127

129

University of South Alabama

129

128

109

Utah Valley University

130

131

118

University of Louisiana At Lafayette

131

130

126

St. John's University-New York

132

135

133

Seton Hall University

133

132

137

Savannah State University

134

133

119

Louisiana Tech University

135

134

131

University of New Orleans

136

136

125

Troy State University

137

138

136

Providence College

138

139

135

Chicago State University

139

137

138

Brigham Young University

140

140

140

 

CONTACT: Lindsey Cooke, 212.704.8299, lindsey.cooke@edelman.com

 

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