The University of Iowa has made two changes to a portion of its undergraduate admissions application designed to make the process more inclusive to prospective students who are members of the LGBT population.
The changes make UI the second university in the U.S. behind Elmhurst College to allow students to self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in an identification portion of the application, rather than in an interest portion of the application. Elmhurst, which made the change last year, is a private college, and UI is the nation’s first public institution to make the change.
In an online portion of the admissions process, students will now have the option of selecting ‘Transgender’ as their gender, rather than only ‘Male’ or ‘Female.’ Another portion of the application will now contain a box that says “Do you identify with the LGBT community?” that students can opt to select.
UI Senior Admissions Counselor Jake Christensen said that even for students who don’t identify as LGBT, the options will let them know early on that the UI campus is accepting of all orientations.