Elhurst College is now asking students for a little more personal information. In the optional questions section of the application for enrollment, the school now asks, “Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community?”
The school has stated that this question is not an admissions determining factor, but rather a reaching-out to an underrepresented group. Doing this could also expand scholarship opportunities.
Shane Windmeyer, executive director of the advocacy group Campus Pride, applauded the school’s decision. Elmhurst is affiliated with the United Church of Christ, which openly welcomes GLBTetc people.
Board members of Common Application, an admission application accepted by 456 member colleges, rejected adding optional questions on sexual orientation and gender identity to their application, saying the “potential benefits to adding the question would be outweighed by the anxiety and uncertainty students may experience when deciding if and how they should answer it.”