As Emerson sang, danced, and dazzled its way up three spots to Princeton Review’s No. 5 school for Best College Theater, it lost its reign as the No. 1 LGBT Friendly School in the country, falling to No. 3.
The rankings are based on surveys of 130,000 students attending American colleges and universities and are part of the 2015 edition of the Princeton Review’s annual Best Colleges book series. Schools were ranked in 62 categories by the educational services company, ranging from “Most Religious Students,” where Emerson did not make the cut, to “Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians,” where Emerson stands at No. 12.
For students directly involved in the certain organizations, a decline in ranking can raise some eyebrows.
Aaron Griffin, co-president of Emerson's Alliance for Gays, Lesbians, and Everyone, or EAGLE, said he didn’t expect to see Stanford University and Oberlin College rank higher than Emerson on the LGBT friendliness list.
“I'm surprised it went down in the LGBT category, especially with all the work E.A.G.L.E. did last year, but I think it’s a sign of the changing times, and I'm happy other schools are taking inclusivity seriously,” the junior writing, literature, and publishing major said.
James Johnston, a senior marketing communication major who has worked for WECB and Emerson Talk and Information Network, said Emerson deserved a higher ranking than fourth place for Best College Radio Station.
“I can't think of any radio station that even holds a candle to WERS,” said Johnston. “I listened to the station for many years as a child, knew tons of people that also did so, and none of them were even in college. What kind of college radio station could boast that?”
Sophomore performing arts major Rachel Watts said she was proud to learn that Emerson ranked among the best schools for college theater.
“I love seeing that our program is on the map,” she said. “There are always a variety of performances to see, making theater more easily accessible to those who don't naturally love it.”
In the past, Emerson has placed in several categories it was not listed on this year including “There’s a Game?” “This is a Library?” and “Students Study the Least.”