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 November 2019

School Name (Hyperlinked to policies) Location Year Policy Adopted Trans Women Trans Men Non-binary Matriculation Other Notes
Agnes Scott Decatur, GA 2010; Updated 2014 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alverno Milwaukee, WI 2002, revised 2018 Yes No Unstated Yes*
Barnard New York City, NY 2015 Yes No Must state F on documents Yes
Bay Path Longmeadow, MA Unpublished
Bennett Greensboro, NC 2017 Yes No Yes, AFAB No
Brenau Gainesville, GA
Bryn Mawr Bryn Mawr, PA 2015 Yes No Yes, AFAB Yes
Cedar Crest Allentown, PA 2017 Yes No Unstated Yes
College of St. Benedict St. Joseph, MN 2016 Yes No No, AFAB Yes
College of Saint Mary Omaha, NE
Columbia Columbia, SC
Converse Spartanburg, SC 2017 Yes (legal) No No No
Cottey Nevada, MO Unclear Yes (legal) unstated (legal F) unstated (legal F) unstated
Hampden-Sydney Hampden Sydney, VA
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY Yes Yes Yes Yes, can change between schools too
Hollins Hollins, VA 2006; Updated 2019 Yes No No Yes
Judson Marison, AL
Mary Baldwin Staunton, VA
Meredith Raleigh, NC
Mills Oakland, CA 2014 Yes Yes (but No legal change) Yes (AFAB) Yes
Morehouse Atlanta, GA No Yes Yes
Moore College of Art & Design Philadelphia, PA Yes No
Mount Holyoke South Hadley, MA 2014 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mount Mary Milwaukee, WI
Mount St. Mary’s Los Angeles, CA 2019 Yes Yes
Notre Dame of Maryland University Baltimore, MD
Russell Sage Troy, NY 2017 Yes No Yes Yes
St. John’s St. Joseph, MN No Yes Yes
St. Catherine/ St. Kate’s St. Paul/ Minneapolis, MN Yes unclear Yes Yes
St. Mary’s Notre Dame, IN
Salem College Winston-Salem, NC 2017 Yes (legal) Yes (with legal F) unstated Yes
Scripps Claremont, CA 2014 Yes Yes unstated Yes
Simmons Boston, MA 2014 Yes Yes unstated (AFAB) Yes
Smith Northampton, MA 2015 Yes No No Yes
Spelman Atlanta, GA 2017 Yes No unstated Yes
Stephens Columbia, MO Yes No Yes (AFAB) No
Stern New York City, NY
Sweet Briar Sweet Briar, VA
Texas Woman’s Denton, TX Yes Yes Yes Yes
Trinity Washington Washington DC
Ursuline Pepper Pike, OH Yes Yes Yes
Wabash Crawfordsville, IN
Wellesley Wellesley, MA 2015 Yes No Yes Yes
Wesleyan Macon, GA 2016 Yes No unstated Yes

*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 & 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