As of fall 2019, more than 11 million undergraduate and 3 million graduate students were enrolled in four-year or graduate universities. These institutions provide an important stepping stone to higher earnings and greater economic stability; those with higher levels of education are consistently found to have higher rates of employment and higher median earnings.

However, LGBTQ undergraduate and graduate students may face unique adversities in university settings relative to their non-LGBTQ counterparts, says this report from the Williams Institute—UCLA. Using data from the Access to Higher Education Survey, the study provides new information about the experiences of LGBTQ people who have attended four-year college or graduate school, including information about campus climate, experiences of belonging, discrimination, violence, mental health, educational aspirations, and sources of financial support.