UConn announced this week that they will pilot a test-optional undergraduate admissions process for the next three application periods for the purpose of studying whether the policies influence student success rates and increase accessibility to talented students who may face barriers to admission associated with the tests.
"UConn has always believed in the value of a holistic application review process, officials say, and that no single piece of an application – including the SAT or ACT standardized tests – should determine whether a student has the potential to succeed at the university," UConn wrote in UConn Today.
UConn says they will start the test-optional applications process starting with students applying to enter as undergraduates in fall 2021, and will continue through the following two admissions cycles. "During that time, students may submit SAT and/or ACT results if they choose, but no admissions decision would be impacted and no student would be disadvantaged if a standardized test score is not provided," they explain.
UConn will join more than 70 institutions nationwide who have announced they will pilot or adopt test-optional policies.
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