Women’s Colleges with Trans-Inclusive Policies


Barnard College: “accepts applications from those who consistently live and identify as women. Applicants assigned female at birth who now identify as male [or “who identify as non-binary or gender non-conforming”] are not eligible for admission.”

Bryn Mawr College: accepts applications from “all 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.”

Mills College: accepts applications from “self-identified women and people assigned female at birth who do not fit into the gender binary.” Also see the Mills College Report on Inclusion of Transgender and Gender Fluid Students: Best Practices, Assessment and Recommendations.

Mount Holyoke College: has the most trans-inclusive policy. It accepts applications from all trans-identified individuals, whether assigned female or male at birth (i.e., it accepts everyone, except someone who is “biologically born male; identifies as man”).

Simmons College: accepts applications from individuals “assigned female at birth and/or applicants who self-identify as women.”

Smith College: accepts applications from individuals “who were assigned male at birth but identify as women . . . Those assigned female at birth but who now identify as male [or as genderqueer or gender non-binary] are not eligible for admission.”

Spelman College: accepts “students who consistently live and self-identify as women, regardless of their gender assignment at birth. Spelman does not admit male students, including students who self-identify and live consistently as men, regardless of gender assignment at birth. If a woman is admitted and transitions to male while a student at Spelman, the College will permit that student to continue to matriculate at and graduate from Spelman.”

Wellesley College: will consider for admission any applicant who lives as a woman and consistently identifies as a woman; therefore, candidates assigned male at birth who identify as women are eligible to apply for admission. Those assigned female at birth who identify as men are not eligible for consideration for admission.” Individuals assigned female at birth who identify as non-binary are eligible to apply if they “feel they belong in our community of women.”

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.