College admissions history has been made for LGBT students! A small college in suburban Chicago – Elmhurst College – this year became the first college to directly ask applicants if they are members of the LGBT community. Specifically, their question reads, “Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community?” And just so you know, little-known Elmhurst College isn’t even nonsecular — the school is affiliated with the United Church of Christ!
No other college has come out and asked college applicants about their sexual orientation directly, though Dartmouth College has led the way by asking about activities that might have an LGBT focus. And Elmhurst has come out and said that they’re interested in knowing this information because they’re committed to diversity and thus want to attract students from a variety of backgrounds. To do so, they have to ask. We at Ivy Coach salute Elmhurst College in Chicago, Illinois!