Ivy League Scores Big in Third Annual Survey as Most Sexually Healthy Conference
PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The makers of Trojan(R) brand condoms today released the results of the third annual Trojan Sexual Health Report Card. Conducted by Sperling's BestPlaces, an independent research firm, the 2008 survey ranks sexual health resources and services at more than 130 colleges and universities across the country. A combination of expanded methodology, uniformly high student rankings, comprehensive STD and HIV testing services, and broad condom and contraception availability helped the Stanford Cardinals fly to No.1 this year, up from No. 41 in 2007.
Ivy League schools took the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, Columbia and Cornell respectively, elevating the league to this year's most sexually healthy conference. Rounding out the top five schools were University of Iowa (No. 4) and University of Denver (No. 5), while Louisiana Tech (No. 135), Notre Dame (No. 136), Providence (No. 137), St. John's University (No. 138) and DePaul (No. 139) landed at the bottom five.
This year's Report Card scored 139 colleges and universities across 13 separate categories, expanded from 11 in 2007. Most notable is the addition of an electronic student opinion poll which allowed students to grade their schools and resulted in a significant rankings shake up.
"A school can be doing a great job making resources and information available to their student body, but if the students' themselves don't know about them or aren't taking advantage of the them, that impacts the overall sexual health of a campus - and ultimately our country," said Bert Sperling, president of Sperling's BestPlaces. "Fortunately, the overwhelming majority of students polled found their health centers trustworthy, and also rated them as 'doing a good job.'"
Student opinion findings were a major factor in determining this year's
rankings, with eight of the top ten schools sco
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