Morehouse College, a historically Black educational institution for men in Atlanta, recently announced that the college will consider for admission any student who identifies as a man, regardless of the gender assigned to them at birth. The new policy will be in effect for the class that enters Morehouse in the fall of 2020. In recent years, many of the nation’s leading women’s colleges have made similar decisions to consider for admission any student who identifies as a woman at the time of their application.
The new policy also states that “once admitted to the college, all students are expected to self-identify as men throughout their education at Morehouse.” The new guidelines also assert that “if a student transitions from a man to a woman, that student will no longer be eligible to matriculate at Morehouse.” However, students who transition from a man to a woman may appeal to a presidential committee if they wish to remain at Morehouse.
Terrance Dixon, vice President for enrollment management at Morehouse College, stated that “in a rapidly changing world that includes a better understanding of gender identity, we’re proud to expand our admissions policy to consider trans men who want to be part of an institution that has produced some of the greatest leaders in social justice, politics, business, and the arts for more than 150 years.”