Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT and ACT optional for students applying in the fall.
“We have always conducted a holistic review of a student’s application and that will continue,” says Bryn Mawr Director of Admissions Peaches Valdes in a statement. “This new policy will make our pool of applicants even stronger as a wider range of academicallytalented students will be able to consider Bryn Mawr.”
Bryn Mawr is just the latest in a growing list of highly selective liberal arts colleges that have begun to rethink the importance of considering standardized test scores when deciding on whether or not to admit a prospective student. In recent years Bates, Hamilton, Mount Holyoke and Wesleyan all became part of a group of liberal arts colleges that have decided to make submitting test scores optional.
According to the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, there are at least 280 four-year colleges and universities that do not use standardized tests to make admissions decisions.
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