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Stanford University Rises to Top of 2008 Trojan(R) Sexual Health Report Card
Date:9/29/2008

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 138 University of Louisiana At

Monroe 2.24 Sun Belt

110 114 U.S. Air Force Academy 2.19 Mountain West

111 68 45 University of Hawaii At

Manoa 2.18 WAC

112 130 Savannah State University 2.17 Independents

113 126 University of Idaho 2.11 WAC

114 135 Villanova University 2.10 Big East

115 118 64 Auburn University Main

Campus 2.08 SEC

116 94 Troy State University-Main

Campus 2.07 Sun Belt

117 81 68 University of

California-Los Angeles 2.07 PAC 10

118 110 University of New Orleans 2.07 Sun Belt

119 91 70 Arizona State University At

the Tempe Campus 2.03 PAC 10

120 123 Chicago State University 2.03 Independents

121 99 47 New Mexico State

University-Main Campus 2.01 WAC

122 72 Seton Hall University 2.00 Big East

123 127 94 Texas Tech University 1.97 Big 12

124 115 80 Georgetown University 1.97 Big East

125 137 Arkansas State

University-Main Campus 1.95 Sun Belt

126 106 Indiana University-Purdue

University-Indianapolis 1.94 Independents

127 120 Boston College 1.93 AAC

128 129 Marshall University 1.92 C-USA

129 116 27 University of

Cincinnati-Main Campus 1.81 Big East

130 113 84 Marquette University 1.80 Big East

131 112 Utah Valley State College 1.78 Independents

132 121 100 Brigham Young University 1.76 Mountain West

133 98 University of Toledo 1.70 MAC

134 134 Baylor University 1.68 Big 12

135 139 Louisiana Tech University 1.56 WAC

136 109 99 University of Notre Dame 1.42 Big East

137 103 Providence College 1.41 Big East

138 132 St. John's University-New

York 1.37 Big East

139 122 DePaul University 1.05 Big East

ring an "A," the highest available grade, in the category. Similar to college grading, each school was assigned a G.P.A. to determine their ranking, where an "A" equals 4.0, a "B," 3.0, a "C," 2.0 and so on.

College Rivals

College sports saw some tough match ups in 2008 and they continued in the Trojan Sexual Health Report Card. Here's a look at some of the Report Card's key match-ups:

-- LSU (No. 12) came out on top of Ohio State (no. 28) in the 2008 Report

Card rankings. University of Illinois (No. 26) has the win in sexual

health over USC (No. 40).

-- University of Kansas (No. 48) bested Virginia Tech (No. 52) in this

year's survey.

-- University of Hawaii (No. 111) came up short to the University of

Georgia (No. 9) in the Sexual Health Report Card rankings

-- Oklahoma (No. 92) was not able to beat West Virginia University (No. 7)

in the rankings.

Last year's top two schools on the report card, the University of Minnesota (No. 23) and the University of Wyoming (No. 10), both dropped in the rankings due to an expansion of criteria and information gathering, primarily surrounding student responses. DePaul University rounded out the 2008 Report Card rankings, coming in at 139.

"The makers of Trojan brand condoms applaud Stanford and the other top ranked schools on the Sexual Health Report Card. It's great to see schools providing their students with the tools they need to protect their sexual health, should they choose to be sexually active," said Jim Daniels, Vice President of Marketing, Trojan brand condoms. "College is the place where students pursue educational excellence and that should include comprehensive sexual education. We are glad that many schools are taking this responsibility seriously and challenge all educational institutions to help students live healthy, sexually evolved lifestyles."

The Trojan Sexual Health Report Card is part of a national Trojan "Evolve" campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to spark awareness and dialogue about the state of sexual health in America. One of the campaign's goals is to arm young people with the resources and information they need to make responsible decisions regarding their sexual health.

Students can join Trojan's newest campaign, "Evolve One, Evolve All," by visiting http://www.EvolveOneEvolveAll.com and seeing what their peers and other Americans have to say about the state of sexual health in this country through short films, music videos and songs. Each time a video is viewed, forwarded or uploaded to the site, the makers of Trojan brand condoms will donate one condom to people at risk of STDs and unintended pregnancies. The goal is to donate 1 million condoms by World AIDS Day, December 1, and in the process educate 1 million Americans, evolve 1 million sex acts and start a positive sexual health movement in America.

For more information on the Trojan Sexual Health Report Card, the Trojan Evolve campaign and the Trojan Evolve One, Evolve All initiative please visit http://www.trojancondoms.com.

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ABOUT SPERLING'S BESTPLACES

Bert Sperling has been helping people find their own "Best Place" to live, work and retire for more than 20 years. His firm, Sperling's BestPlaces, puts facts in the hands of the public so they can make better decisions about best places to live, work, retire, play, or relocate. His bestselling books, Cities Ranked and Rated and Best Places to Raise Your Family, are published by John Wiley & Sons. More information about Bert and his work is available at http://www.bestplaces.net.

Contact:

Bjorn Trowery Nyla Saleh

Edelman Edelman

212-704-4556 212-704-8101

bjorn.trowery@edelman.com nyla.saleh@edelman.com

COMPLETE RANKINGS

This 2007 2006

year rank rank School GPA Conference

1 41 4 Stanford University 3.50 PAC 10

2 12 Columbia University in the

City of New York 3.49 Ivy League

3 63 Cornell University-Endowed

Colleges 3.46 Ivy League

4 21 2 University of Iowa 3.45 Big 10

5 73 University of Denver 3.42 Sun Belt

6 87 50 University of Connecticut 3.41 Big East

7 69 67 West Virginia University 3.40 Big East

8 6 11 University of South

Carolina-Columbia 3.38 SEC

9 46 25 University of Georgia 3.37 SEC

10 2 92 University of Wyoming 3.36 Mountain West

11 15 77 University of Oregon 3.35 PAC 10

12 13 30 Louisiana State University

A&M and Hebert Law Center 3.35 SEC

13 23 3 University of Michigan-Ann

Arbor 3.35 Big 10

14 19 15 Pennsylvania State

University-Main Campus 3.35 Big 10

15 17 5 Oregon State University 3.32 PAC 10

16 53 53 The University of Texas At

Austin 3.30 Big 12

17 39 44 Brown University 3.31 Ivy League

18 22 Florida Atlantic

University-Boca Raton 3.29 Sun Belt

19 60 20 Syracuse University 3.27 Big East

20 24 8 Duke University 3.25 AAC

21 11 University of Pennsylvania 3.24 Ivy League

22 47 56 Indiana

University-Bloomington 3.23 Big 10

23 1 54 University of

Minnesota-Twin Cities 3.22 Big 10

24 97 74 Mississippi State

University 3.21 SEC

25 10 43 Harvard University 3.20 Ivy League

26 29 10 University of Illinois At

Urbana-Champaign 3.19 Big 10

27 102 14 University of North

Carolina At Chapel Hill 3.17 AAC

28 26 9 Ohio State University-Main

Campus 3.17 Big 10

29 34 6 Princeton University 3.15 Ivy League

30 59 37 North Carolina State

University At Raleigh 3.15 AAC

31 62 Ball State University 3.15 MAC

32 4 13 Rutgers University-New

Brunswick 3.15 Big East

33 100 Bowling Green State

University-Main Campus 3.14 MAC

34 35 Tulane University of

Louisiana 3.14 C-USA

35 14 21 University of

Wisconsin-Madison 3.14 Big 10

36 75 34 Michigan State University 3.13 Big 10

37 8 26 University of Nebraska At

Lincoln 3.12 Big 12

38 7 Western Michigan University 3.11 MAC

39 31 17 University of Arizona 3.10 PAC 10

40 32 29 University of Southern

California 3.09 PAC 10

41 16 1 Yale University 3.09 Ivy League

42 27 32 University of Colorado At

Boulder 3.07 Big 12

43 18 Georgia Institute of

Technology-Main Campus 3.07 AAC

44 50 55 University of Miami 3.06 AAC

45 79 Western Kentucky University 3.05 Sun Belt

46 51 23 Colorado State University 3.04 Mountain West

47 43 49 University of Florida 3.02 SEC

48 45 79 University of Kansas Main

Campus 3.01 Big 12

49 80 71 The University of Alabama 3.00 SEC

50 117 Northern Illinois

University 3.00 MAC

51 38 40 University of

California-Berkeley 3.00 PAC 10

52 64 46 Virginia Polytechnic

Institute and State

University 2.98 AAC

53 37 41 University of Virginia-Main

Campus 2.98 AAC

54 5 59 Purdue University-Main

Campus 2.97 Big 10

55 89 28 University of Kentucky 2.97 SEC

56 133 University of Central

Florida 2.97 C-USA

57 108 University of North Texas 2.97 Sun Belt

58 28 62 Washington State University 2.96 PAC 10

59 86 52 University at Buffalo, The

state University of New

York 2.96 MAC

60 58 Kent State University-Main

Campus 2.95 MAC

61 30 Ohio University-Main Campus 2.95 MAC

62 67 Eastern Michigan University 2.94 MAC

63 56 61 University of

Maryland-College Park 2.94 AAC

64 61 42 University of

Missouri-Columbia 2.94 Big 12

65 101 Rice University 2.90 C-USA

66 40 University of South Florida 2.88 Big East

67 65 97 Oklahoma State

University-Main Campus 2.86 Big 12

68 25 63 Dartmouth College 2.86 Ivy League

69 33 31 University of Southern

Mississippi 2.83 C-USA

70 36 Wake Forest University 2.82 AAC

71 54 San Jose State University 2.81 WAC

72 77 76 University of Arkansas Main

Campus 2.80 SEC

73 66 65 University of

Pittsburgh-Main Campus 2.80 Big East

74 3 57 University of

Washington-Seattle Campus 2.80 PAC 10

75 88 Florida International

University 2.79 Sun Belt

76 78 86 University of New

Mexico-Main Campus 2.79 Mountain West

77 95 19 University of Nevada-Las

Vegas 2.76 Mountain West

78 9 East Carolina University 2.75 C-USA

79 90 39 Texas A&M University 2.74 Big 12

80 128 Vanderbilt University 2.71 SEC

81 20 Central Michigan University 2.70 MAC

82 57 University of Tulsa 2.69 C-USA

83 119 California State

University-Fresno 2.69 WAC

84 44 60 Kansas State University 2.65 Big 12

85 107 University of Akron Main

Campus 2.64 MAC

86 104 88 The University of Tennessee 2.61 SEC

87 74 96 University of Memphis 2.61 C-USA

88 71 83 Florida State University 2.60 AAC

89 92 The University of Texas At

El Paso 2.57 C-USA

90 42 Northwestern University 2.54 Big 10

91 105 Southern Methodist

University 2.53 C-USA

92 96 36 University of Oklahoma

Norman Campus 2.52 Big 12

93 124 The University of Texas-Pan

American 2.52 Independents

94 111 University of

Houston-University Park 2.51 C-USA

95 55 Miami University-Oxford 2.49 MAC

96 70 69 Iowa State University 2.49 Big 12

97 84 Utah State University 2.48 WAC

98 131 Middle Tennessee State

University 2.48 Sun Belt

99 83 93 University of Louisville 2.45 Big East

100 136 University of Arkansas At

Little Rock 2.45 Sun Belt

101 82 95 Clemson University 2.42 AAC

102 52 48 Boise State University 2.40 WAC

103 93 University of Louisiana At

Lafayette 2.36 Sun Belt

104 76 98 University of Utah 2.36 Mountain West

105 48 San Diego State University 2.36 Mountain West

106 85 78 Texas Christian University 2.35 Mountain West

107 49 University of South Alabama 2.27 Sun Belt

108 125 81 University of Mississippi

Main Campus 2.24 SEC

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