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Sexual Orientation On College Application

ELMHURST, Ill., Aug. 25 (UPI) — Elmhurst College in Illinois has become the first college to ask entering students about their sexual orientation, school officials say.

Entering freshmen and transfer students applying to Elmhurst for fall 2012 will be asked, “Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered] community?” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“Increasing diversity is part of our mission statement,” said Elmhurst Dean of Admissions Gary Rold. “This is simply closing the loop, in many ways, of another group who has a very strong identity. It may not be race and religion but it’s an important part of who they are.”

Students can reply “yes,” “no,” or “prefer not to answer.” Students who answer “yes” may be eligible to receive scholarships of as much as one-third of their tuition.

“We try really hard to take good care of students, have them graduate and be successful citizens in the world,” Rold said. “The only way you do that is to meet people where they really are.”

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