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Sex Report Card: 10 Schools with Best and Worst Sexual Health

I've seen lots of college rankings over the years, but I've never see one by a condom maker.Store display of dozens of condom packages
In it's own college rankings, Trojan Brand Condoms isn't interested in SAT scores or what kind of learning is taking place in classrooms. What the nation's largest condom maker is focused on is the unprotected sex that's happening on college campuses. Of course, unprotected sex is bad for college students and even worse for Trojan.

This month, Trojan released its annual Sexual Health Report Card that includes the most sexually healthy universities as well as the worst schools.

Here are Trojan's picks for the top 10 universities with the greatest sexual health:

  1. Columbia University
  2. Michigan State University
  3. Ohio State University
  4. University of Michigan
  5. Brown University
  6. University of Oregon
  7. Princeton University
  8. Rutgers University
  9. University of Iowa
  10. University of Minnesota
What helped to vault Columbia University to the top was its new online "Ask Alice" service which allows students to submit sexual questions anonymously rather than visiting the health center.The Big 10 football schools also did well on this list.

Here are the 10 schools which the report card says have the worst sexual health:

  1. University of Idaho
  2. Brigham Young University
  3. DePaul University
  4. Marshall University
  5. Chicago State University
  6. Auburn University
  7. University of Alabama
  8. University of Louisiana
  9. University of Notre Dame
  10. Clemson University
Anybody notice Brigham Young's inclusion on the list? To explain how that Mormon university landed on the list, you have to understand that the survey didn't attempt to measure these two things:
  • How much reckless sex is taking place on campuses?
  • How many sexually transmitted disease cases are treated on individual campuses each year?
If those were the measure, Brigham Young surely wouldn't be trapped in the cellar.

To determine a school's sexual health, here is what Trojan measured:

  • Health center hours of operation
  • Availability of patient drop-in vs. appointment only
  • Availability of separate sexual awareness program
  • Contraceptive availability and cost
  • Condom availability and cost
  • HIV testing, cost and locality (on- vs. off-campus)
  • Other sexually transmitted disease testing, cost and locality (on- vs. off-campus)
  • Availability of anonymous advice via email/newspaper column
  • Existence of lecture/outreach programs
  • Existence of student peer groups
  • Availability of sexual assault program
  • Website usability and functionality
While you can call this survey silly, I'd rather have my kids at schools that devote a lot of effort and resources into combating sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

Lynn O'Shaughnessy is the author of The College Solution and she also writes for TheCollegeSolutionBlog.
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