Stockton University

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: Mid-Atlantic
City/State: Galloway, NJ
Locale: Small City (25,000 to 100,000)
Student Population (FTE): 9,080
In-State Tuition: $12,996.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $20,884.00
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Institution Type:
Doctoral/Research University
Master's College/University
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Public/State University
Liberal Arts College
Residential Campus
Nonresidential Campus

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community.  The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate. 
The Campus Pride Index features LGBTQ student opportunities by highlighting the positive work within higher education across the country. Prospective students and families may choose the best LGBTQ campuses searching the tool based on area of study, cost, location, type of campus and LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programs and practice for their college search.  
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Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

"...I want you to know that no one can tell you that being who you are will hold you back. Be authentic. Be honest. Be you and celebrate that. We take pride in our diverse identities and are committed to creating a space where students can authentically be themselves and explore their identities. As long as I am the president of this institution, I will make sure that every student is seen and that they feel that they belong here in our community.” - President Joe Bertolino speaking at the 10/5/2023 Pride Flag Raising Event

Our Synopsis

Stockton University passionately fosters an inclusive campus for LGBTQ+ students and allies, offering vital resources. We provide brave spaces for support, counseling services tailored to LGBTQ+ challenges, and engaging educational initiatives promoting understanding and acceptance. Our gender-inclusive housing and LGBTQ+ friendly health services ensure a comfortable environment for all. Vibrant student organizations advocate and organize events, while all-gender restrooms enhance safety and privacy. Faculty undergo diversity training, creating a respectful atmosphere. Professors and staff serve as dedicated mentors. Pride Month events include engaging programs, speakers, and exhibitions, enhancing visibility and awareness. Collaborations with local LGBTQ+ groups offer networking, internships, and community engagement. Stockton is more than a campus; it's a cherished home empowering LGBTQ+ students and allies academically, personally, and socially.

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love Stockton University

This is why I choose Stockton. In less than 24 hours we were able to get permission and support to hang the Transgender flag. We did so in order to show support to our community. Thank you so much to Student Development, WGSC, Dean of Students Office, Wellness Center, Stockton Police, and everyone else who worked hard and with urgency to show the students how much Stockton cares.

— 21-year old, bisexual woman, junior

"There is definitely a growing presence of and awareness to the needs of LGBTQIA students at Stockton. Many groups -- students, faculty, staff -- are working to make Stockton a more welcoming and embracing campus."

— -- Social Sciences Professor

LGBT history is alive here at Stockton. Laurel Hester (Freeheld) still lives and breathes through the student club she started 40 years ago, Pride Alliance. The club's original, signed charter hangs on the wall of the WGSC.

— -Student Affairs Administrator

I cannot thank you enough for your [Safe Zone] presentation this morning… it’s so important to me, my students, and my profession to be sensitive to and accepting of all the information you shared with us, and I’m proud to be a part of an institution who is supportive of initiatives such as Safe Zone.

— Director, Stockton Speech and Hearing Clinic

It had been one year since I came out as trans. And when I did I had every intention to transition as privately as possible...I am a private person but I thought, maybe this will help one person. Maybe it’d help one parent. Any one at all. So I did it. And the response has been incredible. And then I was given the honor to be the speaker at Stockton University’s first ever Lavender Graduation. An event specifically for graduating LGBTQIA+ students and alum and faculty. I spoke my truth at this event. It had been a long time coming. Thanks to [Stockton University]...

— 21-year old, trans man, '18

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


Lavender Graduation Pinning Ceremony


Transgender Clothing Swap




Admissions Office

Stockton University Admissions Office

Office of Admissions
Stockton University
Campus Center 101
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ 08205

Phone: 609-652-4261

Admission Application Deadline:
Fall Admission: May 1

Email Campus Admissions

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life  and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Note: Prospective students and families are strongly encouraged to research current state laws for any college/university you are considering. The Campus Pride Index is updated annually and only measures current campus policies, programs and practices. Find information about state laws targeting the LGBTQ+ population on the Movement Advancement Project’s Equality Maps at

Stockton University
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
5 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
5 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
4 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
5 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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