Ivy Coach recently saluted Bryn Mawr College, an all-women’s college, for changing its admissions policies by admitting transgender applicants. Well, today, we salute Wellesley College. Wellesley College, the alma mater of such figures as Diane Sawyer, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madeleine Albright, and so many more, has now changed its admission policies as well so as to open its doors to transgender students.
According to an article on the new admission policy at Wellesley in “TIME,” “Wellesley College will admit transgender students who identify as women for the first time in the next admissions cycle, the school said Thursday, making it the prominent third women’s college to make such a change. ‘Wellesley will admit women who are prepared for a rigorous academic environment that challenges them to achieve at their highest potential,’ the school’s president and its board of trustees said in a letter to the community after the board reached the decision Wednesday. ‘Wellesley will consider for admission any applicant who lives as a woman and consistently identifies as a woman.'”
Many colleges have been behind the times with respect to their admission policies for transgender applicants. But it seems the times are changing. And Wellesley has chosen to change with them. We at Ivy Coach salute Wellesley College for boldly changing their policies, for letting transgender students know that Wellesley is a place where they are welcome…and wanted.
And to those folks who write in criticizing us for supporting LGBT initiatives such as this initiative by Wellesley, we suggest you find a better way to spend your time because you only inspire us to lift our voice louder.