Elmhurst College to Ask About Sexual Orientation
A "yes" answer could put students in line to qualify for a scholarship
Elmhurst College put a question on its admissions application that won’t appear on any other school's application.
"Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community?”
That optional question makes Elmhurst the first school in the country to ask applicants about their sexual orientation or gender identity, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Gary Rold, the dean of students at Elmhurst, stressed the question falls in line with the campus’ mission statement to increase diversity.
Prospective freshmen and transfer students applying for the 2012 fall semester will become the first group of applicants to check “yes,” “no” or “prefer not to answer.” Their answers will not play a role in the admissions process.
A “yes” answer could put students in line to qualify for a scholarship worth one-third of tuition at the private, liberal arts school affiliated with the United Church of Christ, said Rold.
The college also plans to direct students to groups or resources to help them feel more comfortable on campus.
"We try really hard to take good care of students, have them graduate and be successful citizens in the world,” he said.
Source: College to Ask About Sexual Orientation | NBC Chicago