Women's College Returns Transgender Student's Application

The Advocate
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March 21, 2013

A female transgender high school senior who applied to Smith College, a women's college, was told she did not qualify to attend because she is not legally recognized as female in her home state of Connecticut.

Calliope Wong's application and fee were returned to her earlier this month. In a letter to Wong, Smith's dean of admission, Debra Shaver, told Wong that "Smith is a women's college, which means that undergraduate applicants to Smith must be female at the time of admission."