Colleges in These States Are Pledging Support for Students' #NeverAgain Movement for Gun Control

High school students across the country have rallied together to call for gun control and reform in wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting that killed 17 people on February 14.

Many are protesting under the #NeverAgain movement, and intend to participate in the March for Our Lives demonstration on March 24. The movement has raised millions of dollars and ushered in legislative talks, including a listening session with President Donald Trump and a CNN-hosted town hall with politicians such as Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

In response, more than 190 U.S. colleges and universities—or officials working for those entities—have issued statements that prospective students or those already accepted to their programs will not be punished for peaceful activism, according to a #NeverAgain Colleges website, which tracks such statements.

Among the more than 30 states that have institutions publicizing support, Massachusetts and New York lead the pack with over 45 universities.

Here's a breakdown of universities, by state. Note: This data is based on a site compilation and may be incomplete.


University of California Berkeley

Dear prospective students: We fully support your right to peacefully protest, and would never refuse your admittance for doing so. Signed, the home of free speech

— UC Berkeley (@UCBerkeley) February 24, 2018

CalTech University

University of California Los Angeles

Stanford University

Loyola Marymount University

Mills College

Pomona College

Occidental College

Scripps College

ArtCenter College

Harvey Mudd College

University of Southern California

University of California Davis

Chapman University

University of Redlands


Colorado State University

University of Colorado Boulder

Regis University

Colorado College

University of Colorado Denver


University of Connecticut

I’m in too. I would never punish students in the #Admissions process for standing up for what they believe in.

— Angel B. Pérez (@AngelBPerez) February 22, 2018

Sacred Heart University

Yale University

University of New Haven

Wesleyan University

Connecticut College

Trinity College


University of Miami

Florida International University

Eckerd University

University of Florida

UF supports the First Amendment right to freedom of expression, including by peaceful and lawful protest. We would not consider participating in such a protest a negative in our admission process. We will review conduct that leads to discipline on a case-by-case basis.

— UF Admissions (@UFAdmissions) February 24, 2018

Stetson University


Emory University


Northwestern University

2/2 While we’ll continue to review all applicant and admitted-student disciplinary actions on a case-by-case basis, rest assured that a school-issued penalty for peaceful participation in such protests will not jeopardize your admission to Northwestern.

— Northwestern Undergraduate Admissions (@NorthwesternADM) February 23, 2018

DePaul University

Wheaton College

Illinois State University

Bradley University

Knox College


University of Notre Dame

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions respects a student's right to participate in peaceful protests and demonstrations. Students will not be negatively impacted in our admissions process if they choose to participate in such protests and are disciplined by their high schools.

— ND Admissions (@NDadmissions) February 27, 2018

Ball State University

Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Blackburn College

Goshen College


Cornell College

Grinnell College


Bellarmine University


Tulane University


Bates College

Colby College

Bowdoin College

University of New England


Johns Hopkins University

St. John's College

University of Maryland

We recognize that students benefit from civic discourse and dialogue. Non-academic disciplinary action from high school will not affect a student’s admission to the University of Maryland if they are engaged in peaceful and respectful protest.

— ApplyMaryland (@ApplyMaryland) February 26, 2018

Loyola University Maryland

Goucher College

Washington College


Northeastern University

Harvard University

Boston University

Boston College

Amherst College

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Emerson College

Emerson College believes in the transformative power of dissent as a catalyst for social change. The College supports the right of all students to participate in peaceful protests without fear of reprisal. (1/2)

— Emerson College (@EmersonCollege) February 24, 2018

College of the Holy Cross

Brandeis University

Bridgewater State University

Springfield University

Hampshire College

Mount Holyoke College

Smith College

University of Massachusetts Lowell

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Students: If you participate in peaceful protests against gun violence and receive school discipline for walking out, staging your protest, etc., please rest assured that you can report it to UMass Amherst, and we won't hold it against you. #ParklandStudentsSpeak

— UMass Undergraduate Admissions (@UMassAdmissions) February 22, 2018

Wellesley College

Tufts University

Clark University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Babson College

Williams College

Suffolk University

Salem State University


University of Michigan

Albion College


Carleton College

Our statement to prospective students/admitted students regarding peaceful protesting. #WeStandWithYou #ParklandStudentsSpeak #LiveTheMission

— Carleton College (@CarletonCollege) February 26, 2018

Macalester College


Washington University in St. Louis

Lindenwood University

New Hampshire:

Plymouth State University

Dartmouth College

New York:

New York University

2/2: Other than acts of violence, NYU does not consider any form of school disciplinary action as part of our admissions process. Therefore we would not take account of school discipline in a circumstance of peaceful protest on a pressing matter of national debate.

— New York University (@nyuniversity) February 25, 2018

Vassar College

Rochester Institute of Technology

Adelphi University

Cornell University

Ithaca College

Fordham University

Hamilton College

Hofstra University

Syracuse University

University of Rochester

Columbia University

Colgate University

At Colgate, and as now articulated by many of our peers, Colgate will not penalize applicants or admitted students involved in lawful, peaceful protest during their high school years.

— Colgate University (@colgateuniv) February 25, 2018

The Sage Colleges

Sarah Lawrence College

Barnard College

Union College

The New School

Binghamton University

Saint Mary's College

Pace University

Purchase College SUNY

New Jersey:

Princeton University

Rutgers University

We want to reassure students who have applied or have been admitted to @RutgersU that disciplinary actions associated with participation in peaceful protests will not jeopardize your admission.

— Rutgers University (@RutgersU) February 26, 2018

Drew University

Seton Hall University

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology

The College of New Jersey

The College of New Jersey encourages civil discourse and respects the rights of students to participate in peaceful and lawful protests. Discipline resulting from such participation will not be held against applicants to TCNJ.

— TCNJ Admissions (@TCNJ_Admissions) February 26, 2018

North Carolina:

North Carolina State University

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Elon University

Duke University

Wake Forest University


Ohio University

Kenyon College

#KenyonCollege encourages rigorous and civil discourse. Discipline resulting from responsible civil action will not have a negative influence on applications to Kenyon. #StudentsStandUp #Kenyon2022

— Kenyon College (@KenyonCollege) February 24, 2018

Oberlin College

Ohio Wesleyan University

Case Western Reserve University

College of Wooster

Miami University

Denison University


Lewis and Clark College

Willamette University

Reed College


Pennsylvania State University

Students who are disciplined for walking out or otherwise staging a respectful and peaceful protest against gun violence, are hereby assured that it can be reported on their Penn State application without adverse effect on their admission decision.

— Penn State (@penn_state) February 24, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University

University of Pennsylvania

Swathmore College

Franklin & Marshall College

University of Pittsburgh

Bucknell University

Lebanon Valley College

Villanova University

Lehigh University

Dickinson College

Lafayette College

Lafayette has joined other colleges and universities in promising not to penalize applicants who may be suspended by their high schools for participating in walkouts to protest gun violence

— Alison Byerly (@alisonbyerly) February 23, 2018

Allegheny College

Widener University

Muhlenberg College

Haverford College

Juniata College

Ursinus College

Rhode Island:

University of Rhode Island

Brown University

Johnson & Wales University

Providence College

South Carolina:

University of South Carolina

The Carolinian Creed is central to who we are and what we do, including when standing up for one's beliefs in a peaceable, civil and lawful way. #UofSC applicants and admitted students, you should not be concerned about how it might impact your admission.

— UofSC Admissions (@UofSCAdmissions) February 25, 2018

Furman University


Vanderbilt University

Sewanee: The University of the South

Rhodes College


Southwestern University

Rice University

Trinity University


Westminster College


Bennington College

Middlebury College

University of Vermont

Goddard College

Champlain College


University of Richmond

What we know we can do right now is to reiterate our policy that those who choose to peaceably participate in civic protest will not be impacted negatively in any way in the admissions process to the University of Richmond.

— University of Richmond (@urichmond) February 26, 2018

University of Virginia

Virginia Tech University

The College of William and Mary

Radford University

George Mason University

Washington, D.C.:

Georgetown University

We provide all applicants an opportunity to elaborate on any disciplinary infraction and carefully consider all context they provide. Participation in a peaceful protest will not negatively impact admission to Georgetown.

— Georgetown Admissions (@gogeorgetown) February 26, 2018

American University

Catholic University of America

The George Washington University

Trinity Washington University

Washington state:

University of Washington

Seattle University

Gonzaga University

Whitman College

University of Puget Sound

West Virginia:

West Virginia University


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lawrence University