The office of admissions at George Washington University has announced that the university will join the growing list of colleges that have become test-optional. That means that, effective August 1, 2015, applicants to George Washington University will no longer be required to submit either an SAT or an ACT score. This is also the case at such colleges as Bowdoin College, Smith College, Bates College, Bryn Mawr College, Connecticut College, Union College, Wake Forest University, and a whole bunch of other schools (of course, we’ve cherry-picked some of the most selective of the bunch since we figured our readers aren’t coming to learn about the University of Mississippi). Sorry, Mississippi…even though you too are test-optional.
As the George Washington admissions office so states in their release, “In developing this policy, it is our goal to create an approach that aligns with our admissions philosophy of holistic review, supports the university strategic plan on access, reflects the most current data analysis regarding the use of testing in admission, and is clear and easy to communicate and understand by prospective students, families and school counselors. The policy is further designed to place the decision to submit test scores in the hands of the student. Students who feel their SAT or ACT scores are an accurate reflection of their academic abilities are welcome to submit them for consideration; however, students who do not submit test scores will not be viewed negatively.” GW has also simultaneously announced that the university will continue to superscore the SAT, though they will continue to not superscore the ACT.
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