Smith College, the largest of the all-female Seven Sisters schools, is changing its policy to accept transgender women.
The new policy, which takes effect for those applying this fall, followed a year of study. The women’s college had previously asked undergraduates to have consistently identified as female since birth.
Smith President Kathleen McCartney and board Chair Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard said in announcing the change on Saturday since Smith’s founding, “concepts of female identity have evolved.”
Smith will not admit students who were born female but identify as male.