Bridgewater State University: offers all undergraduate and graduate students the option to fill out an enrollment form where they have the option of identifying their sexual identity (choices: bisexual, gay, heterosexual/straight, lesbian, prefer not to answer) and can indicate whether or not they identify as transgender.
California two-year colleges: ask students to “please indicate your sexual orientation,” and gives the choices of straight/heterosexual, gay or lesbian/homosexual, bisexual, other, and decline to state. It also asks an optional question, “Do you consider yourself transgender?”
California State University system: asks optional questions “Do you identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender (LGBT)?” and “What is your gender identity?” (choices: female, female to male transgender, intersex, male, male to female transgender, not sure, other, decline to state).
Connecticut College: has an optional question, “If you identify as Trans*, Queer, Cis, or another gender, please indicate that here.”
Dartmouth College: lists “gender identity” and “LGBT community” among 22 “personal interests” that students can choose from on the supplement to their Common Application.
Duke University: has an optional essay question on its supplemental application: “If you’d like to share a perspective you bring or experiences you’ve had to help us understand you better—perhaps related to a community you belong to, your sexual orientation or gender identity, or your family or cultural background—we encourage you to do so.”
Elmhurst College: asks optional questions on its admissions form on gender identity (choices: agender, androgyne, demigender, genderqueer, man, questioning, trans woman, trans man, woman, and an identity not listed) and sexual orientation (choices: asexual, bisexual, gay, lesbian, pansexual, queer, questioning or unsure, same-gender loving, straight [heterosexual] and an identity not listed). Students can choose multiple options.
Elon University: asks an optional question, “Do you consider yourself part of the LGBTQIA community?”
MIT: asks an optional question, “How would you describe your sexual orientation/gender identity? (Check all that apply)” and gives the choices of lesbian, gay, straight/heterosexual, unsure, bisexual, transgender, another identity (with a fill in the blank), and prefer not to answer.
Northeastern Illinois University: asks an optional question, “Do you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning (GLBTQ)?”
Ohio State University: asks an optional question, “Do you identify as a part of the LGBTQ community?”
Purdue University: sends admitted undergraduate students a survey where they have the option of identifying their sexual identity (choices [can choose more than one]: asexual, bisexual, gay, straight/heterosexual, lesbian, pansexual, queer, questioning, same-gender loving, two spirit, prefer not to disclose, and not listed [fill in the blank]) and their gender identity (choices: woman, man, FTM/transgender man/trans man, MTF/transgender woman/trans woman, gender queer [identifying as neither man or woman], prefer not to disclose, and not listed [fill in the blank]).
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD): has admitted students complete a “Cultural Community Survey” that asks “sex” (choices: male, female, intersex, and self-identify), “gender” (male, female, transgender, and self-identify), and “sexual orientation” (gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight, and self-identify).
State University of New York (SUNY) system: allows students to identify their gender identity (choices: man, woman, trans man, trans woman, genderqueer/gender-fluid, questioning, and unsure or write in) and sexual orientation (choices: straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer, and questioning, and unsure or write in) on admissions forms for all SUNY schools.
University of California system: asks gender identity and sexual orientation on the admissions application for all UC schools: “How do you describe yourself? (mark one answer): Male, Female, Trans Male/Trans Man, Trans Female/Trans Woman, Genderqueer/Gender Non-Conforming, Different Identity” and “Do you consider yourself to be (mark one answer): Heterosexual or straight, Gay or lesbian, Bisexual, Not listed above (please specify) __________.” University of California students do not need to provide any sex/gender on their admissions applications, as explained here.
University of Iowa: asks an optional question, “Do you identify with the LGBTQ community?” Students can also identify their gender as male, female, or transgender.
University of Maryland: sends admitted undergraduate students a survey where they have the option of identifying their sexual identity (choices: heterosexual or straight, gay or lesbian, bisexual, and prefer not to answer) and can indicate whether or not they are transgender.
University of Massachusetts Amherst: asks optional questions on its admissions form on gender identity (choices: agender, androgyne, demigender, genderqueer, man, questioning, trans woman, trans man, and woman) and sexual orientation (choices: asexual, bisexual, gay, lesbian, pansexual, queer, questioning or unsure, same-gender loving, and straight [heterosexual]). Students can choose multiple options.
University of Pennsylvania: has an optional field asking if students have an LGBTQIA identity and offers them the opportunity to specify that identity.
Warren Wilson College: asks “gender identity: ___________” on its admissions form.
Washington two-year colleges: ask an optional question about sexual orientation, and gives students the opportunity to identify their gender as feminine, masculine, transgender, androgynous, gender neutral, other, and prefer not to answer.
Graduate School Applications
Oregon State: asks students for their gender identity, and has an optional question on whether they identify as LGBQ.
Penn’s Law School: offers an optional question, “Do you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person?”
University of California, Santa Cruz: asks an optional question, “What is your sexual orientation?,” and gives the choices of bisexual, gay, heterosexual/straight, lesbian, and queer.
University of Maryland School of Business: lists “LGBT” among a range of “affiliations” that students have the option of marking.
Meet the Clearinghouse Coordinator
Genny Beemyn is the director of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s Stonewall Center, the LGBTQIA campus resource center. Genny has published and spoken extensively on the experiences and needs of trans people, particularly the lives of gender-nonconforming students. They have written or edited nine books/journal issues, including special issues of the Journal of LGBT Youth on “Trans Youth” and “Supporting Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Children and Youth” and a special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality on “LGBTQ Campus Experiences.” Genny and Sue Rankin wrote The Lives of Transgender People (Columbia University Press, 2011). Genny’s most recent book is A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington, D.C. (Routledge, 2014). They are currently writing Campus Queer: The Experiences and Needs of LGBTQ College Students for Johns Hopkins University Press. In addition to being the coordinator of the Clearinghouse, Genny is also an editorial board member of the Journal of LGBT Youth, the Journal of Bisexuality, the Journal of Homosexuality, and the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. They have a Ph.D. in African American Studies and Master’s degrees in African American Studies, American Studies, and Higher Education Administration.