Dimension Admissions Data Study: Introduction

Until 2021, the Common Data set did not recognize an option for “another gender” data reporting, in other words, data reporting on students identifying as neither male, nor female. 

In 2021-2022, there was some movement on that front when the Common Data Set indicated with respect to reporting admissions data by gender that “since the total may include students who did not provide gender data, the detail need not sum to the total.” This note was at least inclusive of students of other genders. 

Not until last year, for the 2022-2023 admissions cycle, did the Common Data Set include explicit instructions related to reporting data on students identifying outside the gender binary. The Common Data set now includes for all participating schools the following instructions related to admissions reporting on students who identify outside the gender binary: 

 

While the instructions specify using “another gender” as a label, an analysis by Dimension Admissions revealed disparities in admission rates and enrollment across genders at America’s most prestigious universities. The analysis examined Common Data Set data from Ivy+ schools – defined here as the Ivy League, plus any school ranked within one spot of an Ivy on US News & World Report’s list of Best Universities 2024, (which amounts to the top twenty schools on that list). The data related to non-binary applicants/admits/enrolled students, however, is limited because not every school reports that data. We’ve nonetheless collated and analyzed the relevant, available data and present our findings here.  

Key Takeaways

Non-Binary Admissions Data across the Ivy League 2022-2023

According to available data, half of the Ivy League includes a category for “another gender” admissions data on public data reports: Yale, Columbia, Cornell, and Dartmouth.  

Princeton, Harvard, Penn and Brown do not report data on non-binary applicants/admits. 

Three Ivy League schools reported enrolled non-binary students last year – Yale University (115); Dartmouth University (49); and Columbia University (42). 

100% of reported non-binary applicants to the Ivy League for the Class of 2026 applied to Columbia. 

At Columbia, the admission rate for non-binary applicants was 3% (1407 applicants/42 admits). 

The general admission rate for Columbia for the Class of 2026 was 23% higher, at 3.7%.  

Ivy+ Admissions Data re: Non-binary Students 2022-2023

70% Ivy+ schools (14 of 20) include a category for “another gender” admissions data on public data reports: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, Yale University, the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), Duke University, Johns Hopkins University (Hopkins), Northwestern University, Columbia University, Cornell University, The University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley), The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Rice, Dartmouth, and Notre Dame. 

30% Ivy+ schools (6 of 20) do not include a category of “another gender” admissions data on public data reports: Princeton University, Harvard University, The University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Brown University, The University of Chicago (UChicago), and Vanderbilt University. 

7 Ivy+ schools (35%) reported enrolled non-binary students in 2022-2023: Berkeley, UCLA, Columbia, Yale, Dartmouth, Hopkins, Northwestern. 

Nearly half of all non-binary students enrolled in Ivy+ universities last year were enrolled at UCLA.


Roughly 6 out of 10 non-binary students who applied to Ivy+ universities for the Class of 2026, applied to UCLA (5582 students). 

Roughly 1 in 4 applied to Berkeley (2447)

1.5 in 10 applied to Columbia (1407) 

1 in 50 (18) applied to Hopkins. 

Four Ivy+ schools (20%) reported non-binary admits for Class of 2026: UCLA (341); Berkeley (302) Columbia (42) Hopkins (6). 

At UCLA for the Class of 2026, 5582 non-binary students applied and 341 were admitted. The non-binary admit rate was 6.1% -- 30% lower than its general applicant admit rate, which was 8.6%. 

At Berkeley for the Class of 2026, 2447 non-binary students applied and 302 were admitted. The non-binary admit rate at Berkeley was 12% -- 9% higher than its general applicant admit rate for the class of 2026 of 11%

At Columbia for the Class of 2026, 1407 non-binary students applied and 54 were admitted. The non-binary admit rate at Columbia was 4%, which was about even with its general applicant admit rate of 3.7%.  

At Hopkins for the Class of 2026, 18 non-binary students applied and 6 were admitted. The non-binary admit rate at Hopkins was 33% -- 414% higher than its general applicant admit rate for the Class of 2026: 6.48%

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