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September 20, 2022

Cornell Extends Test-Optional Policy to 2023-2024

Cornell University will continue to be SAT or ACT optional for the time being (photo credit: Sach1tb).

Cornell University, the first of the Ivy League institutions to go test-optional at the height of the pandemic, will remain test-optional through at least the 2023-2024 admissions cycle. This will impact applicants to the Cornell Class of 2028. So, being as Cornell went test-optional in the early days of the pandemic, for the Class of 2025, that means that two falls from now, all four classes at the university will have applied under a test-optional admissions policy. That’s something!

As Katherine Esterl reports for The Cornell Daily Sun in a piece entitled “University will Remain Test-Optional for 2023-24 Applicants,” “In a statement to The Sun, Vice Provost for Enrollment Jonathan Burdick, said the admissions office is working on conducting ‘whole-person reviews’ with far fewer or no SAT/ACT scores. ‘I’d say there’s significant awareness across Cornell of the challenging impacts testing policies can create in terms of assembling a diverse and well-qualified student body,’ Burdick wrote. ‘There’s much more for everyone to learn and consider.'”

And while Cornell may have been the first Ivy League institution to go test-optional, other Ivies have extended their test-optional admissions policies even further into the future. As an example, Harvard University will remain test-optional through at least the Class of 2030, a class that will apply during the 2025-2026 admissions cycle (or three cycles from now). Yet no matter how far these schools extend their test-optional admissions policies, loyal readers of Ivy Coach’s college admissions blog know where we stand on the issue: all else being equal, students with great SAT or ACT scores will always enjoy an advantage over students who choose not to submit scores. No matter what that school says to the contrary.

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