Tufts University has joined the ranks of test-optional universities — albeit not necessary on a permanent basis but rather for a period of three years. While there are many test-optional universities, there are not tons of highly selective test-optional universities like the University of Chicago, Middlebury College, Bates College, and others. Tufts is now among the test-optional trailblazers. And what triggered Tufts to go test-optional for the next three years? The novel coronavirus pandemic.
Tufts Drops SAT/ACT Requirement for Three-Year Period
As Tufts’ Dean of Admissions JT Tuck wrote on the Tufts admissions office’s blog, “In light of the extraordinary circumstances — brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic — that students are confronting as they complete this academic year, and the interrupted access to standardized tests around the globe this Spring, as well as our commitment to an admissions process that serves students well, we are making an important change to our admissions requirements. Tufts University is introducing a test-optional admissions policy for all undergraduate applicants for a 3-year period, beginning with applicants who apply for the Fall 2021 semester. Starting with our next admissions cycle, first-year and transfer applicants have a choice about whether or not to submit SAT or ACT scores to be considered for undergraduate admission to Tufts. At the end of the 3-year period, we will determine whether to reinstate a testing requirement for undergraduate applicants or to indefinitely extend the test-optional policy.”
We Anticipate Tufts’ Change Will Be Permanent
And do we expect that Tufts’ three-year test-optional experiment will stick? You bet! We believe Tufts will be test-optional four and five years from now just as it will be next year. We previously wrote about an anticipated spike in colleges going test-optional as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Among our nation’s highly selective colleges, Tufts is now paving the way for other schools to follow. Stay tuned as we report on more universities that choose to go test-optional as SAT/ACT testing dates get canceled as the world deals with a pandemic.
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