These students are far less likely to be admitted to certain colleges

· Updated on October 12, 2023

The college admissions process is inherently biased, but a new report gives insight into the true extent of that bias.

According to a new analysis by Dimension Admissions, nonbinary students are 10 times less likely to be admitted to Ivy League schools than their cis counterparts.

With all the mishegas of late surrounding the rate of college acceptance by gender, it’s interesting, to say the least, to learn that ID’ing as nonbinary might limit a student’s ability to get into an Ivy. That said, Gen Z seems to have paid attention to the disillusion of millennials regarding higher education. Not only are most millennials still dogged by student loans, the job market remains tricky despite even an advanced degree at a liberal arts college. A May report from the site YPulse showed that students whose education was delayed or changed by the pandemic are experiencing a waning interest in going to college.

For nonbinary students, the problems are even bigger. With bathroom bills, sports bans, and “Don’t Say Gay” laws popping up once again in high schools nationwide, there’s no indication that private universities in hostile states have the resources or even the ability to protect nonbinary and trans students from discrimination on campus. Yet another report from this year shows that up to 30% of queer and trans college students considered dropping out due to poor mental health in 2022.

Basically, there’s a lot of work to be done to make higher ed a safe space for nonbinary and trans students: that is, if they’re even able to get past admission bias.

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