The University of Iowa is now the first public university in the nation to include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity on its admissions application.
The University announced Wednesday that the optional questions will asks students whether they identify with the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer community.
Admissions counselor Jake Christensen told the Des Moines Register the change is intended to inform all potential students that the university is accepting of all sexual orientations.
Transgender will also be included as a gender option.
Elmhurst College, a private college in Northern Illinois became the first U.S. college to include similar questions on its application last year.