Policies on transgender admissions at women's colleges

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Posted: Jun 04, 2015 11:37 AM
Policies on transgender admissions at women's colleges

NEW YORK (AP) — Barnard College issued a new policy Thursday saying it will now admit transgender women. The decision at the Manhattan campus follows those at a number of women's colleges across the country over the past year. The policies, which all acknowledge changing norms regarding gender, differ in their breadth. Here's a look at some of them:

BARNARD COLLEGE

Will consider eligible for admission all applicants who consistently live and identify as women. That includes trans women but not trans men (those born female but identifying as male). But the school will fully support any student who makes such a transition while already enrolled.

BRYN MAWR COLLEGE

Will consider eligible for admission transgender women, intersex individuals who do not identify as male, individuals assigned female at birth who have not taken medical or legal steps to identify as male, and individuals assigned female at birth who do not identify as either female or male.

MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE

Will consider for admission transgender women, transgender men, those born female who do not identify with either gender, those born female but not identifying as male or female, and those born male who identify as "other" but that identity includes female. Not considered for admission: those born male who identify as male.

SMITH COLLEGE

Will consider eligible for admission transgender women but not transgender men, nor individuals who don't identify as either female or male. Those who become trans men while at Smith have full support.

MILLS COLLEGE

In August became the first women's college in the United States to accept applications from transgender women and those applicants "assigned female at birth who do not fit on the gender binary."

WELLESLEY COLLEGE

Will consider any applicant who lives as a woman and consistently identifies as a woman. The policy excludes trans men but includes those assigned female at birth who are "non-binary." Like at Smith and Barnard, those who transition while at Wellesley can stay and graduate.