University Of Illinois Dethrones Columbia University to Take Top Spot in the 2012 Trojan® Sexual Health Report Card Rankings University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus comes out on top for the first time in school history, helping the Big Ten earn high marks for sexual health resources

PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has finally reached its climax, overthrowing the reigning champion, Columbia University, to take the number one spot in the 7th annual Trojan Sexual Health Report Card. The annual study from the maker 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.

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This sweetheart story was no easy feat for the Illini, as they climbed their way to the top from No. 64 in 2010 to No. 2 last year and now has grabbed the No. 1 spot. Over the past two years, the university has invested time and resources to provide their students with exemplary sexual health programming on campus, earning perfect scores in condom availability, HIV testing, lecture/outreach programs and student peer groups, quality of the sexual health information on the school website, and overall website usability and quality.

"The Illini fought their way to the top, excelling in almost every category," said Bert Sperling, president of Sperling's BestPlaces. "From providing quality lecture and outreach programs, to the impressive sexual health information available on the website, the campus serves as an impressive model for schools around the country."

The Ivy Leaguers and Big Ten Like It on Top

The Ivy Leaguers are on top again, dominating the top ten. Brown University rose two spots to finish at No. 2, Columbia University finished strongly in third and Princeton University found their place at No. 4, down from third place last year. Newcomer Yale University joined their fellow Ivies at No. 6, up from 14th place in 2011.

With Illinois' No. 1 ranking, the Big Ten showed sexual health spirit with two other schools in the top ten rankings. University of Wisconsin registered another impressive score, climbing from No. 11 to No. 5, while the University of Iowa moved up a spot to No. 8.

Meanwhile, the bottom ten contained some familiar faces, as Seton Hall University (No. 132), St. John's University (No. 135), Troy State University-Main Campus (No. 138), and Providence College (No. 139) all returned to the bottom of the rankings for the second year in a row. Chicago State University (No. 137) and Brigham Young University (No. 140) found their way back at the bottom for the third year in a row, and the U.S. Air Force Academy finished last at No. 141 for the first time in school history.

Top Ten Sexually Healthy Schools

1.  University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign
2.  Brown University
3.  Columbia University in the City of New York
4.  Princeton University
5.  University of Wisconsin-Madison
6.  Yale University
7.  University of Arizona
8.  University of Iowa
9.  Colorado State University
10.  Oregon State University

Bottom Ten Schools in Sexual Health

132.  Seton Hall University
133.  Savannah State University
134.  Louisiana Tech University
135.  St. John's University-New York
136.  University of New Orleans
137.  Chicago State University
138.  Troy State University-Main Campus
139.  Providence College
140.  Brigham Young University
141.  U.S. Air Force Academy

"Each year, we continue to see students and faculty use the Trojan Sexual Health Report Card as a valuable tool to shed light upon the importance of sexual health resources and to look for ways to improve," said Mark Gromosaik, group product manager of the Trojan Brand. "We are impressed to see the constant strides schools like University of Illinois are making to improve their scores and provide better resources for their students to stay sexually healthy on campus."  

Making the Grade

This year's rankings saw a number of significant jumps, the largest coming from New Mexico State University-Main Campus, which rose 51 spots from No. 134 to No. 83. The campus is applauded for making condoms more conveniently available and improving upon the availability of HIV and STD testing information.

Syracuse University continued their impressive climb up the Report Card ranks, achieving the No. 25 spot. This is the third consecutive year the campus has improved their rankings, placing 76th in 2009, 53rd in 2010 and 49th in 2011. The school receives accolades for achieving perfect scores in overall quality of their website and the outstanding sexual assault programs in place.

Other notable jumps include DePaul University, which leaped out of the bottom ten for the first time in four years, coming in at No. 114 from last place in 2011. The newly established sexual health information website was the main factor propelling DePaul out of the bottom ten. They weren't the only school that escaped the bottom, as Baylor University (from No. 132 to No. 129) overall improved their website quality and have made notable efforts in providing additional information on contraceptives.

Report Card Rivalries

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

  • West coast rivals, University of Southern California and University of California Los Angeles, took their rivalry outside the stadium, with USC taking the win, ranking No. 66, and the Bruins coming in at No. 87. 
  • The University of Michigan and Ohio State may be fighting head-to-head for football supremacy, but when it comes to sexual health information on campus, Michigan has the Buckeyes beat, ranking No. 13, compared to Ohio's No.14 ranking.
  • As for the Ivy Leaguers, Yale University trumped Harvard University for the second year in a row, coming in at No. 6 (No. 14 in 2011) with the Crimson ranking at No. 35 (No. 30 in 2011).

Conference Bragging Rights

The conference rivalry takes its battle to the sexual health arena, with the Ivy Leaguers claiming the conference title for the second year in a row. Coming back with the lead, the Ivy League earned a 3.20 GPA thanks to this year's second place winner, Brown University, who received a 3.51 GPA, in addition to Columbia's (3.45 GPA) and Princeton's (3.42 GPA) placement in the top five.

Right behind the Ivies were the Big Ten, earning a 3.11 GPA for the number two spot for the second year in a row. The Big Ten, which hasn't lead the conferences since 2010, was weighed down by newcomer, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, who earned a 2.70 GPA in sexual health.

The Big Ten was followed by Pac-12 (2.93), SEC (2.82), ACC (2.75), MAC (2.70), Big 12 (2.64), Conference USA (2.57), Mountain West (2.53), Big East (2.51), WAC (2.34), Sun Belt (2.30) and Independents (1.93).

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 141 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 11 separate categories, including the following:

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

"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.

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Complete Trojan Sexual Health Report Card Rankings


 

 

 

 

School Name

2012 rank

2011 rank

2010 rank


 

University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign

1

2

64


 

Brown University

2

4

5


 

Columbia University in the City of New York

3

1

1


 

Princeton University

4

3

8


 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

5

11

32


 

Yale University

6

14

12


 

University of Arizona

7

15

34


 

University of Iowa

8

9

6


 

Colorado State University

9

7

64


 

Oregon State University

10

5

33


 

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

11

13

9


 

University of Florida

12

8

17


 

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

13

6

4


 

Ohio State University-Main Campus

14

34

3


 

The University of Texas At Austin

15

33

23


 

University of Connecticut

16

19

22


 

University of Denver

17

31

74


 

University of Louisville

18

20

82


 

University of Pittsburgh-Main Campus

19

27

21


 

Cornell University-Endowed Colleges

20

17

13


 

The University of Alabama

21

38

48


 

University of California-Berkeley

22

12

54


 

University of South Carolina-Columbia

23

10

30


 

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

24

36

14


 

Syracuse University

25

49

53


 

Tulane University of Louisiana

26

41

84


 

University of Georgia

27

23

47


 

University of Maryland-College Park

28

32

55


 

West Virginia University

29

24

15


 

Ball State University

30

16

31


 

Florida Atlantic University-Boca Raton

31

53

18


 

Northwestern University

32

28

63


 

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

33

45

98


 

Stanford University

34

22

37


 

Harvard University

35

30

16


 

University of Kentucky

36

52

57


 

Louisiana State University A&M and Hebert Law Center

37

29

26


 

North Carolina State University At Raleigh

38

21

71


 

Ohio University-Main Campus

39

18

73


 

University of Colorado At Boulder

40

56

75


 

Duke University

41

50

29


 

Indiana University-Bloomington

42

63

39


 

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

43

58

112


 

University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill

44

25

36


 

California State University-Fresno

45

35

85


 

University of Missouri-Columbia

46

26

58


 

University of Kansas Main Campus

47

51

25


 

Michigan State University

48

39

2


 

University of Oregon

49

46

7


 

East Carolina University

50

75

79


 

Purdue University-Main Campus

51

64

19


 

Boise State University

52

66

62


 

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

53

72

35


 

University at Buffalo

54

57

40


 

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

55

68

10


 

Florida International University

56

76

49


 

University of Pennsylvania

57

42

38


 

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

58

43

50


 

Western Kentucky University

59

47

67


 

Texas A&M University

60

37

110


 

University of Miami

61

59

56


 

University of Southern Mississippi

62

40

60


 

University of Utah

63

60

103


 

Kansas State University

64

61

28


 

Rice University

65

48

24


 

University of Southern California

66

55

51


 

Western Michigan University

67

54

11


 

San Jose State University

68

44

27


 

Bowling Green State University-Main Campus

69

80

103


 

University of South Florida

70

69

87


 

Florida State University

71

102

67


 

Arizona State University At the Tempe Campus

72

83

89


 

Dartmouth College

73

67

80


 

Kent State University-Main Campus

74

71

46


 

University of Nebraska At Lincoln

75

84

78


 

University of Nevada-Reno

76

62

83


 

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

77

94

69


 

Middle Tennessee State University

78

97

52


 

Mississippi State University

79

117

44


 

University of Idaho

80

99

141


 

Northern Illinois University

81

98

59


 

University of Central Florida

82

91

94


 

New Mexico State University-Main Campus

83

134

97


 

University of Arkansas Main Campus

84

70

99


 

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus

85

65

70


 

University of Virginia-Main Campus

86

74

42


 

University of California-Los Angeles

87

85

92


 

University of Toledo

88

78

90


 

University of Tulsa

89

79

91


 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

90

88

41


 

Auburn University Main Campus

91

120

136


 

Marshall University

92

106

138


 

University of New Mexico-Main Campus

93

73

72


 

Washington State University

94

77

43


 

Georgetown University

95

103

120


 

Miami University-Oxford

96

107

61


 

The University of Texas-Pan American

97

112

86


 

Iowa State University

98

81

100


 

University of Arkansas At Little Rock

99

87

88


 

Utah State University

100

101

125


 

Wake Forest University

101

96

114


 

Clemson University

102

86

131


 

Eastern Michigan University

103

124

81


 

Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

104

123

119


 

San Diego State University

105

82

102


 

Vanderbilt University

106

95

66


 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

107

128

135


 

University of Akron Main Campus

108

121

105


 

University of Hawaii At Manoa

109

90

108


 

University of Memphis

110

92

115


 

Central Michigan University

111

89

45


 

Villanova University

112

93

76


 

Texas Christian University

113

116

121


 

DePaul University

114

141

139


 

University of Mississippi Main Campus

115

100

95


 

Boston College

116

122

109


 

Marquette University

117

105

107


 

University of Houston-University Park

118

104

101


 

Texas Tech University

119

114

122


 

The University of Texas At El Paso

120

127

116


 

The University of Tennessee

121

115

117


 

Southern Methodist University

122

113

106


 

University of North Texas

123

110

77


 

University of Wyoming

124

111

93


 

University of Louisiana At Monroe

125

108

20


 

Arkansas State University-Main Campus

126

130

128


 

University of Notre Dame

127

129

132


 

University of South Alabama

128

109

111


 

Baylor University

129

132

123


 

University of Louisiana At Lafayette

130

126

134


 

Utah Valley University

131

118

113


 

Seton Hall University

132

137

124


 

Savannah State University

133

119

118


 

Louisiana Tech University

134

131

133


 

St. John's University-New York

135

133

129


 

University of New Orleans

136

125

127


 

Chicago State University

137

138

137


 

Troy State University-Main Campus

138

136

130


 

Providence College

139

135

126


 

Brigham Young University

140

140

140


 

U.S. Air Force Academy

141

139

96


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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