According to some studies, around 17% of all incoming college students identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or some other gender or sexual minority. Whether you’re planning ahead for college or already on campus, it’s important to find a supportive community to help you learn and grow safely and comfortably, both now and after graduation. Choosing a college is a daunting task for anyone, but it can pose extra challenges for LGBTQ+ students. You don’t just need to find a school that’s a good academic fit and offers extracurricular activities you’re interested in: You also want to make sure to find that a campus that’s safe, welcoming, and supportive. Fortunately, most mainstream colleges and universities understand the importance of making sure all students feel safe and supported.