Gender Selective College Admissions Policies

On this page, I have compiled all existing policies regarding transgender admissions at gender-selective colleges in the US (including women’s, men’s, and coordinate colleges), noting that these policies are inconsistent, perpetuate transnormative ideals and create administrative barriers for trans students, and organizing identity into discrete categories of a table is both incomplete and problematic. As policies change, I will do my best to maintain and update this information.

Also recommended is the Trans Student Educational Resources Model Admissions Policy on Transgender Students at Women’s Colleges.

Institutional policy:

“Defined as the way that women’s colleges codify, formalize, and endeavor to bring uniformity to institutional practice, and to thereby declare their official stance toward a population or issue.”  – Susan Marine 2009 (p. 4)

Updated January 2020

School Name (Hyperlinked to policies)LocationYear Policy AdoptedTrans WomenTrans MenNon-binaryMatriculationOther Notes
Agnes ScottDecatur, GA2010; Updated 2014YesYesYesYes“Assigned female at birth, as well as, those who were assigned male or female at birth, but who now identify as female, transgender, agender, gender fluid or non-binary.”
AlvernoMilwaukee, WI2002, revised 2018YesNoUnstated, unlikelyYes“Consistently live and identify as female”
BarnardNew York City, NY2015YesNoMust state F on documentsYes“Consistently live and identify as women, regardless of the gender assigned to them”
Bay PathLongmeadow, MAUnpublished
BennettGreensboro, NC2017YesNoYes, AFABNo“Self-identified women and people assigned female at birth who do not fit into the gender binary”
BrenauGainesville, GA
Bryn MawrBryn Mawr, PA2015YesNo (yes, if no “steps to identify as male”)Yes, AFABYes“Individuals who have identified and continue to identify as women (including cisgender and trans 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 within the gender binary.”
Cedar CrestAllentown, PA2017YesNoUnstated, unlikelyYes“Assigned female at birth and/or applicants who self-identify as women are eligible to apply for admission”
College of St. BenedictSt. Joseph, MN2016YesNoNoYes, can change between schools too (St. Johns)“Consistently live and identify as women”
College of Saint MaryOmaha, NE
ColumbiaColumbia, SC
ConverseSpartanburg, SC2017Yes (legal or medical change)NoNoNo“Program for women”
CotteyNevada, MOYes (legal)unstated (legal F)unstated (legal F)unstated“Legally-assigned sex of female on their application”
Hampden-SydneyHampden Sydney, VA
Hobart and William Smith CollegesGeneva, NYYesYesUnclearYes, can change between schools too“Matriculated into Hobart or William Smith College according to their gender identity.”
HollinsHollins, VA2006; Updated 2019YesNoNoYes“Consistently live and identify as women, regardless of the gender assigned to them at birth”
JudsonMarison, AL2016NoNoNoUnlikely“We believe God created people male and female in the womb and that one’s birth sex determines the standard for Biblical behavior in lifestyle and and sexual conduct.”
Mary BaldwinStaunton, VA2017YesYesYesYes*Mary Baldwin admits cisgender men in its undergraduate programs but considers itself a college “primarily for women”
MeredithRaleigh, NC
MillsOakland, CA2014YesYes (but no legal change)Yes (AFAB)YesSelf-identified women and people assigned female at birth who do not fit into the gender binary”
MorehouseAtlanta, GA2018NoYesYesNo“Live and self-identify as men, regardless of the sex assigned to them at birth”
Moore College of Art & DesignPhiladelphia, PAYesNoUnstatedUnstated“Qualified students who live as women, and who consistently identify as women”
Mount HolyokeSouth Hadley, MA2014YesYesYesYes“We welcome applications from female, transgender and nonbinary students.”
Mount MaryMilwaukee, WIYesNoUnstatedYes“Identify themselves as women”
Mount St. Mary’sLos Angeles, CA2018YesYes (?)UnstatedUnstated“Born female or identifies as female “
Notre Dame of Maryland UniversityBaltimore, MD
Russell SageTroy, NY2017YesNo but can apply to Sage CollegeYesYes, can change to Sage College (co-ed)“We honor a student’s expression of their gender identity and expression.”
St. John’sSt. Joseph, MN2016NoYesNoYes, can change between schools too (St. Benedict)“Consistently live and identify as men”
St. Catherine/ St. Kate’sSt. Paul/ Minneapolis, MN2018YesNoYesYes“Identify as women … regardless of gender assigned at birth, as well as non-binary and genderqueer students.”
St. Mary’sNotre Dame, IN
Salem CollegeWinston-Salem, NC2017Yes (legal)Yes (with legal F)unstatedYes“Admits only female students…does not restrict admission on the basis of sex or gender
identity/expression.”
ScrippsClaremont, CA2014YesYes (legal F)Probably (legal F)Yes“Indicate their legal sex as female submitted through the Common Application, in addition to applicants who self-identity as women”
SimmonsBoston, MA2014YesYesProbably (AFAB)Yes“Assigned female at birth and/or applicants who self-identify as women are eligible to apply for admission”
SmithNorthampton, MA2015YesNoNoYes“Smith’s policy is one of self-identification. The college considers for admission any applicant whose birth certificate reflects their gender as female, or who identifies as female.”
SpelmanAtlanta, GA2017YesNoUnstatedYes“Women students including students who consistently live and self-identify as women, regardless of their gender assignment at birth”
StephensColumbia, MO2018YesNoYes (AFAB)No“Women and who live as women…students
who were not born female, but who identify and live as women”
SternNew York City, NY
Sweet BriarSweet Briar, VA
Texas Woman’sDenton, TX1972YesYesYesYes*Texas Women’s admits cisgender men in its undergraduate programs but considers itself a college “primarily for women”
Trinity WashingtonWashington DC
UrsulinePepper Pike, OH1975YesYesYesYes*Ursuline admits cisgender men in its undergraduate programs but considers itself a college “primarily for women”
WabashCrawfordsville, IN
WellesleyWellesley, MA2015YesNoYes (AFAB)Yes“Lives as a woman and consistently identifies as a woman…assigned female at birth, identify as non-binary, and who feel they belong in our community of women”
WesleyanMacon, GA2016YesNounstatedYes“Consistently self-identify and live as women”

*Notes:

  • College and Saint Benedict and Saint John’s; Morehouse and Spelman; Hobart and William Smith are Coordinate Colleges.
  • Barnard (Columbia), Notre Dame (Maryland University), Russell Sage (Sage), Scripps (Claremont), and Stern (Yeshiva), are colleges within a larger co-educational university system or have close relationships with co-educational colleges.
  • Mary Baldwin, Ursuline & and Texas Woman’s are colleges that are predominantly for women, but accept (cis) male undergraduates
  • Hampden-Sydney, St. Johns, Moorehouse, and Wabash, Hobart are colleges for men
  • Moorehouse, Bennett, and Spelman are HBCUs