Mills College in Oakland, California was an all-female college that now explicitly lets applicants choose a “gender” and be considered for enrollment – if that choice is female. The new policy will be in place for the first time as students return to class on August 27. The trustees’ enrollment committee unanimously approved it in May, clarifying a host of what-ifs at the stately women’s college founded in 1862:
— Applicants “not assigned to the female sex at birth” but who self-identify as women are welcome.
— Applicants “who do not fit into the gender binary” – being neither male nor female – are eligible if they were “assigned to the female sex at birth.”
— Students “assigned to the female sex at birth” who have legally become male prior to applying are not eligible unless they apply to the graduate program, which is coeducational.
— Female students like Skylar Crownover who “become male” after enrolling may stay and graduate.