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WMU ranks high for best sexual health practices

Oct. 7, 2010

KALAMAZOO--In a rating released today of 141 universities nationwide, Western Michigan University ranks 11th for best sexual-health practices and education programs.

"We are proud to consistently do well in this annual measure of campus health," says Dr. Diane Anderson, vice president for student affairs. "It's undoubtedly a reflection of our longstanding commitment to developing innovative programs in matters of student health."

Included in the survey were major universities from all 50 states. Michigan is the only state with three schools ranked in the top 15: Michigan State University; University of Michigan; and WMU.

Schools were evaluated on a wide range of criteria, including among others, student health center hours of operation; drop-in versus appointment-based health service; sexual health awareness programs; availability of HIV testing and other sexually transmitted infection testing; and condom and contraception availability.

Top 15 Universities in the Survey

1. Columbia University
2. Michigan State University
3. Ohio State University
4. University of Michigan
5. Brown University
6. University of Iowa
7. University of Oregon
8. Princeton University
9. Rutgers University
10. University of Minnesota
11. Western Michigan University
12. Cornell University
13. Yale University
14. Pennsylvania State University
15. West Virginia University

Other Michigan schools included in the survey and their rankings are: Central Michigan University, 45th; and Eastern Michigan University, 81st.

This was the fifth annual Trojan Sexual Health Report Card, sponsored by Trojan brand condoms, Rock the Vote, and independent research firm Sperling's BestPlaces. WMU has participated annually since 2007, placing in the top 25 percent each year and twice in the top 10 percent of universities surveyed.

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Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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