From next year Male and non-binary students will be able to join Grace College for the first time in more than 50 years.
The college’s decision on July 14 means that Duchesne College and The Women’s College will be the only women-only colleges from 2022, while St Leo’s College will be the only men-only college.
In a statement Grace College said the decision to be gender inclusive reflected their core values.
“Gender-inclusive admissions reflect Grace’s core values. They strengthen our market appeal and align with The University of Queensland’s commitment to acknowledging and promoting the respect, acceptance and value of all people.”
The college also announced other policy changes that will see residents have more freedom when at college.
From June 1, 2021 residents will be allowed to keep and consume alcohol in residential areas and select common areas. Starting in Semester 2 this year residents will be allowed to have guests of any gender stay overnight.
Grace College has historically scored better than other university resident halls with a 2019 survey finding that 90% of Grace residents enjoyed the college.
The college has ranked highly for opportunities for social interaction, relationships with other students, personal safety, building security, space, and accommodation quality.