Morehouse College, the only all-male historically black college in the United States, will admit students who identify as transgender men starting in 2020. The policy was approved by the board of trustees on Saturday.
“In a rapidly changing world that includes a better understanding of gender identity, we’re proud to expand our admissions policy to consider trans men who want to be part of an institution that has produced some of the greatest leaders in social justice, politics, business, and the arts for more than 150 years,” Terrance Dixon, Vice President for Enrollment Management at Morehouse, said in a statement. “The ratification of this policy affirms the College’s commitment to develop men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership and service.”
The school’s press release details the new policy which requires that transgender students identify as men while attending Morehouse. Transgender women will not be considered for admission. Students who transition from male to female will also not be allowed to matriculate from the university but students will have the option to appeal to a committee.
Morehouse College is the only all-male college with a transgender student policy.
Tuskegee University, Howard University, Florida A&M University, Southern University, North Carolina Central University, Morgan State University and Spelman College are also HBCUs with transgender policies.
Spelman College, a women’s college nearby Morehouse College in Atlanta, began admitting transgender women for the 2018-2019 school year. According to the policy, transgender men will not be admitted. Students who are already enrolled at the school and transition from female to male are allowed to matriculate at the college.