Experiences of LGBTQ people in four-year colleges and graduate programs: findings from a national probability survey

Case Studies & Research
Los Angeles, CA
Williams Institute
64 p.

As of fall 2019, over 11 million undergraduate and 3 million graduate students were enrolled in four-year or graduate universities. These institutions provide an important stepping stone to higher earnings and greater economic stability; those with higher levels of education are consistently found to have higher rates of employment and higher median earnings. However, LGBTQ undergraduate and graduate students may face unique adversities in university settings relative to their non-LGBTQ counterparts. This study provides new information about the experiences of LGBTQ people who have attended four-year college or graduate school using data collected for the nationally representative Access to Higher Education Survey. Information about campus climate, experiences of belonging, discrimination, violence, mental health, educational aspirations, and sources of financial support were explored for LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ people ages 18 to 40, including 629 respondents who have attended four-year college and 193 respondents who have attended graduate school.

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