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ERIC Number: EJ918460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Gay Students: The Latest Outreach Target at Many Colleges
Young, Amanda
Journal of College Admission, n210 p39-40 Win 2011
Today's colleges strive for diversity in order to enrich students' personal development, perspectives, and real-world knowledge. While colleges have been trying to recruit students of different races for decades, they are now expanding their perspective of what true diversity entails. LGBT students, due to their orientation, often have different hopes and struggles and a unique outlook on the world which can contribute to college life. Many schools are now addressing this demographic directly. For example, Dartmouth College (NH) added LGBT community and/or gender identity to the possible interests applicants can check off on its application supplement two admission seasons ago. Outreach does not end when students are admitted to college. Rather, universities aim to convince the students to matriculate. At the University of Pennsylvania, admission officers flag admits who write about coming out in their admission essays, are active members of their high school gay-straight alliances or otherwise mention their sexual identity in the application. Just as schools don't admit solely on LGBT self-identification, students don't choose schools solely on their LGBT services and sensitivity. However, many schools are working to create a comfortable and accepting environment for the LGBT students they do admit.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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