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Transgender students looking at colleges often have specific questions about gender diversity on campus. There are special considerations for transgender students in applying to a women’s college.

Does Smith have transgender students?

Like nearly every college, university and school today, Smith College has a diverse and dynamic student body that includes individuals who identify as transgender. Students at Smith, whatever their gender identity or gender expression are diverse, accomplished, and various in their views.

Is Smith still a women’s college?

Absolutely. In its mission and legal status, Smith is a women’s college. And, like other women's colleges, Smith is a place where students are able to explore who they are in an open and respectful environment.

How does Smith decide who is a woman?

It doesn’t. With regard to admission, Smith relies upon the information provided by each student applicant. In other contexts, different definitions and requirements may apply. For example, the definition of a woman for NCAA competition may differ from the definition of a woman for purposes of admission to Smith or other single-sex colleges.

Is Smith’s admission policy changing?

At its May 2, 2015, meeting, the Smith College Board of Trustees voted to clarify Smith’s undergraduate admission policy to include self-identified transgender women. The board’s decision affirms Smith’s unwavering mission and identity as a women’s college, our commitment to representing the diversity of women’s lived experiences, and the college’s exceptional role in the advancement of women worldwide.

How are transgender students supported at Smith?

The college provides many kinds of support through its student life programs to every Smith student, no matter her race, social class, country of origin, religion, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. All of the offices in Student Life and Student Engagement strive to provide such support. There are a number of student organizations for transgender students and allies. The college’s Resource Center for Sexuality and Gender provides information and resources.

Can a transgender student receive a Smith degree?

Once admitted, any student who completes the college’s graduation requirements — regardless of gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation — will be awarded a Smith degree.