Common App announces changes to create more inclusive college application process for LGBTQ students

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The Common App — the application used by over 900 colleges and universities nationwide — announced revisions yesterday aimed at creating a more inclusive space for LGBTQ+ people, specifically transgender and nonbinary applicants. Beginning in August, the Common App will ask for applicants’ “legal sex” instead of “sex” with the intent of “reducing student confusion.” Additionally, the Common App will add the option to identify one or more pronoun sets or add their own; before, applicants could not select their pronouns and had an optional text box to further describe their gender identity. Jenny Rickard, President and CEO of the Common App said “What I really hope that it will provide is really an affirmation for students that their background is unique and that they have a space to not only be acknowledged for who they are but also to be able to express themselves. We hope that this will eliminate any potential barriers that stand in the way of anyone applying to college and ensure every student has a pathway to economic mobility and success.” This change is one of many the Common App has implemented in the last year. Since March, Rickard’s team has been working on tweaking the application with LGBTQ student input. The application portal has also made changes to questions regarding citizenship, religion, school discipline, military history and family background that will be implemented in August as well.

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