University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: Midwest
City/State: Ann Arbor, MI
Locale: Medium City (100,000 to 500,000)
Student Population (FTE): 46,000
In-State Tuition: $7,600.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $25,000.00
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Institution Type:
Doctoral/Research University
Master's College/University
Baccalaureate College/University
Public/State University
Residential Campus

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community.  The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate. 
The Campus Pride Index features LGBTQ student opportunities by highlighting the positive work within higher education across the country. Prospective students and families may choose the best LGBTQ campuses searching the tool based on area of study, cost, location, type of campus and LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programs and practice for their college search.  
Reminder: Learn more by signing-up for FREE to participate in Campus Pride's LGBTQ-friendly National College Fair Program in eight different cities and the Campus Pride National Online College Fair.

Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

The University of Michigan believes that PRIDE is a commitment, not just a campaign. The work of LGBTQIA2S+ equity and inclusion is primarily housed in the Spectrum Center. The staff of Spectrum is committed to developing students as individuals and as members of the community, and to enriching the campus experience. Our work is conducted through a student-centered, intersectional lens. We work towards enhancing the campus climate on behalf of LGBTQIA2S+ students, staff, faculty, and community members through education, advocacy, outreach, workshops, programming, mentoring, student advocacy, and community building. The Spectrum Center cultivates strong community connections and facilitates distinct campus partner relationships in order to meet student needs, ensure student success, and create a sense of belonging. We are committed to people-centered work and are dedicated to constructing an inclusive campus community that is free of harassment and discrimination in all forms where social justice inspires community engagement and equity. The University of Michigan strives to build a safe and welcoming campus that is encouraging, supportive and queer-friendly, that allows for thriving and opportunities that enhance the campus culture.

Our Synopsis

The University of Michigan Spectrum Center fosters an environment of community care, support, and connection for students who identify within the LGBTQIA2S+ community. The resources we provide within the center include: CenterSpaces (identity-based discussion groups), Freshpectives (our program for new and transfer students), QTBIPOC gatherings (spaces created for our trans and/or queer students of color), GPS (Our peer mentoring program), MaPPS (Our mentoring program with faculty/staff), and HIV/STI testing. In addition the center hosts university-wide LGBTQIA2S+ programming such as Lavender graduation, LGBTQIA2S+ History Month, Trans Day of Visibility, Pride Month, International Pronouns day, World Aids Day, Intersex Awareness Day, and More. Beyond our initiatives and programming, we conduct education and training through our Allyhood Development workshops, which support individuals and organizations as it relates to inclusivity and advocacy. Ways that students can get involved with the Spectrum Center is by, following us on social media, stopping by our center, or scheduling a meeting with our staff.

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

“The community at UofM has really made me feel welcomed as a queer student. Student life and other student organizations offer a variety of activities and spaces throughout the year where I have been able to meet others and make friends!”

— Michelle, Student

“I feel that we are creating spaces and avenues for queer students on campus to grown and learn more about themselves and create a sense of community. Although work to support queer students on campus will continue, I know that the Center will continue to be a place of advocacy for students on campus.”

— Kaden, Former Staff

“The Spectrum Center is amazing at what they do and helps raise awareness all over campus. Would recommend coming here for support and camaraderie! [We] work at the Spectrum Center and it has been such a wonderful experience. The center has an incredibly warm and inviting feel where you are able to come as your authentic self.”

— Jaime and Tess, Students

“Spectrum Center has been an absolutely stunning essential asset in my experience at the University of Michigan. Spectrum Center truly supports the LGBTQ+ campus community community however possible. Recently, I went to Spectrum Center with my dream of starting a theater organization for LGBTQ+ stories and storytellers. Without the help of Spectrum Center, my dream never could have become the reality it has.”

— Jack, Student

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


Pride Outside


LGBT History Month


Transgender Day of Remembrance


Trans Day of Visibility


Lavender Graduation

Groups & activities

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life  and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Note: Prospective students and families are strongly encouraged to research current state laws for any college/university you are considering. The Campus Pride Index is updated annually and only measures current campus policies, programs and practices. Find information about state laws targeting the LGBTQ+ population on the Movement Advancement Project’s Equality Maps at

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
5 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
5 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
4 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
5 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
5 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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