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This list, in alphabetical order, lists educational bodies in the USA whose status on genderqueer and nonbinary identity acceptance is known. Edits should, where possible, link to evidence.

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Note that for gender nonconforming children and teens, homeschooling or unschooling is an option. This still involves a lot of paperwork, but it's a life-saving option for youth who have difficulty fitting in or feeling safe around peers and faculty at school. Homeschooled or drop-out teens can work to pass the General Education Development (GED) test instead of getting a high school diploma. A GED certificate will satisfy all employers and colleges that ask for a high school diploma.

Colleges and universities[edit | edit source]

In the USA, many colleges use paperwork that makes problems for transgender people, especially nonbinary people. The Common Application and Universal College Application, used by many USA colleges, used to restrict answers to only the binary sex assigned at the birth of the applicant. However, starting in the 2016-2017 academic year, these applications updated the "sex" field to "sex assigned at birth" and added an optional free text field for gender.[1] The Coalition Application uses a similar two-question technique.

The Applying to College as a Non Binary Trans Person article is highly recommended because it goes into more detail about many aspects of college life for a nonbinary person in the USA, and some common problems in paperwork.

Organization Gender Notes
American University Allows gender-neutral housing, "limited to the 'social justice' house for first years"[2]
Austin Community College Students can submit their chosen name to be displayed in class rosters and online systems instead of their deadname. However, most official documents such as transcripts and diploma will use the student's legal name.[3]
Bard College Allows gender-neutral housing[2]
Bowling Green State University Allows gender neutral housing, but is limited to Founders Hall and one floor of MacDonald Hall for 2016-17 academic year[4][5] Also has some gender neutral bathrooms accross campus [6][7]
Burlington College Can choose "I do not wish to identify"[2]
College of Wooster Allows gender-neutral housing[2]
Colorado State University Internal CSU computer system "RAMweb" allows X gender marker[8] "Nearly 300 all-gender restrooms on campus"[8]
Informed consent transition services available at CSU Health Network in the Women's and Gender Care Clinic[9]
Connecticut College Uses the Common App, which asks for sex assigned at birth, and has free text field for gender identity[1]
Dickinson College Allows gender-neutral housing, new to first years[2]
Evergreen State College, the Can choose "unspecified"[2]
Gutenberg College Paper application doesn't ask[2]
Goucher College Application requires you to say whether your "sex" is M or F only, then asks a separate question in which you can write in your "gender."[2]
Grinnell College Allows gender-neutral housing[2]
Hampshire College Allows gender-neutral housing. Has gender-neutral bathrooms in all dorms and all over campus. Campus-wide student culture treats asking about preferred pronouns as a matter of basic etiquette.[2]
Haverford Doesn't say it has gender-neutral housing, but "regularly offers singles even to first years, and some floors have gender-neutral bathrooms".[2]
Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY) Has a gender-inclusive housing option that is friendly to genderqueer students. Has a speech pathology clinic to help transgender students with voice training for free.[10]
Juniata College Allows gender-neutral housing, new to first years[2]
Macalester College Uses the Common App, which asks for sex assigned at birth, and has free text field for gender identity[1] Allows gender-neutral housing.[2]
New College of Florida Doesn't say it has gender-neutral housing, but "has a campus community known for accepting gender-variant students—it works for some trans students because of the college’s informal acceptance, even if the school doesn’t have stated policies."[2]
New York University (New York, NY) Has a trans student group and several popular transgender focused events.[10]
Northern Arizona University Has a university policy prohibiting discrimination/harassment on the basis of gender identity. Has Gender Inclusive Housing options since 2012. Has Gender-Neutral Restrooms across campus. Students can change Preferred Name displayed on student ID, rosters, etc. without a legal name change.[11]
Oberlin College Allows gender-neutral housing. Campus-wide student culture treats asking about preferred pronouns as a matter of basic etiquette.[2]
Pitzer College Allows gender-neutral housing. Lets you "indicate a gender preference for your roommate (but won't guarantee you'll get your preference)" [...] Pitzer also has the best housing application I've seen in terms of trans-friendliness".[2]
Prescott College Paper application has only M and F boxes[2]
Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) Gives a lot of transgender-focused programming and events, and works to be transgender-inclusive in its services.[10]
Savannah Technical College Only "male" and "female" gender options available
Shimer College (in Chicago, Illinois) Online form lets you write in a gender as you wish[2]
Skidmore College Allows gender-neutral housing[2]
Smith College "In its mission and legal status, Smith is a women's college. [...] Nonbinary or gender nonconforming individuals who also identify as women are welcome to apply. Our community does include and value nonbinary and gender nonconforming students who do not identify as women, who came into their identities after their admission to Smith. [...] Once admitted, any student who completes the college's graduation requirements—regardless of gender identity—will be awarded a Smith degree."[12] Boasts "More than 200 all-gender restrooms" and "An all-gender locker room in the athletic facilities, with private showering and changing areas"[12]
St. Johns College Paper application doesn't ask[2]
University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) One of the first schools to cover transgender health care under its student health insurance, and makes it easy to access these benefits. The campus has gender-inclusive athletic facilities and more than 120 gender-inclusive bathrooms.[10]
University of California - Riverside (UCR) Has trans and genderqueer focused events. [10] Allows gender-neutral housing, as do all U of California schools, but this particular one is said to be "especially good" with "many options" of that kind.[2]
University of California - Santa Cruz (UCSC) Online application form gives about six gender options.[13] Has separate questions for gender and for sex assigned at birth. Students can also indicate a preferred name and pronouns.[14] Allows gender-neutral housing[2]
University of Colorado - Denver Students can designate a name to be used instead of their legal name for some instances, including on diploma. However, some records will still utilize the student's legal name.
In the UCDAccess system, students may optionally select one of five pronoun sets: she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, ze/zir/zirs, or xe/xer/xers.[15]
University of Massachusetts, Amherst Formerly had actively transphobic faculty, but now works to be trans inclusive.[10]
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Works to be trans inclusive. Lets students be listed and called by a preferred name, in all contexts, rather than their legal name. Student culture accepts openly transgender students.[10]
University of Oregon (Eugene, OR) Can choose "unspecified"[2] Works to be trans inclusive by introducing trans friendly policies before they're asked for. Rec centre has gender-inclusive locker rooms. Most buildings have gender-inclusive bathrooms.[10] Allows gender-neutral housing.[2]
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) LGBT center has a two-story building. Student culture is accepting of openly transgender people. Student health service is knowledgeable about trans health issues.[10]
University of Puget Sound Allows gender-neutral housing, new to first years[2]
University of Vermont (UVM) (Burlington, VT) Nondiscrimination policy includes "gender identity/expression." Has trans focused events. Lets students become listed by their preferred name. Works to help other schools be transgender-inclusive.[10]
University of Washington (UW) (Seattle, WA) Allows gender-neutral housing.[2] Has had a Q Center since 2005, which "welcomes students, staff, and faculty who are transgender". The University plans that in 2016 it will "broaden gender-neutral options for housing to include all of the new residence halls on west campus as well as Haggett Hall, which has provided gender-neutral bathrooms and living quarters for several years. ... UW staff is working on giving students an easy option to change their gender on University forms."[16]
Vassar Doesn't say it has gender-neutral housing, but "has gender-neutral bathrooms throughout campus and in all the dorms".[2]
Warren Wilson college Application requires you to say whether your "sex" is M or F only, then asks a separate question in which you can write in your "gender."[2]
Wesleyan University Uses Common Application or Coalition Application Allows gender-neutral housing[2]
Western Washington University Can choose "unspecified"[2] Allows gender-neutral housing[2]
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  3. https://www.austincc.edu/admissions/update-student-information/chosen-name
  4. https://www.bgsu.edu/residence-life/housing-options/gender-neutral-housing.html
  5. http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2016/05/01/BGSU-to-offer-less-expensive-all-gender-dorm.html
  6. https://www.bgsu.edu/content/dam/BGSU/multicultural-affairs/documents/gender-neutral-bathrooms.pdf
  7. https://www.bgsu.edu/content/dam/BGSU/multicultural-affairs/documents/Gender%20Neutral%20Bathrooms_List+Campus%20Map.pdf
  8. 8.0 8.1 Giordano, Joe (August 18, 2020). "CSU updating systems to improve experiences for transgender and nonbinary students". SOURCE. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  9. "Transgender Care | Health Network". health.colostate.edu. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
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  11. https://in.nau.edu/inclusion/transgender-resources/
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Gender Identity & Expression". Smith College. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  13. http://practicalandrogyny.com/2011/03/24/a-call-for-examples/
  14. "Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Questions". registrar.ucsc.edu. June 25, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  15. "Identity". University of Colorado Denver. Retrieved October 14, 2020.
  16. Garner, Julie (September 10, 2015). "True to Self". Columns: The University of Washington Alumni Magazine. Archived from the original on September 26, 2018.