A five-year experiment in “test-optional” admissions at Salisbury University in Maryland yielded strong enough results that the school has been granted permission to make the option permanent.
Salisbury, a public campus on the Eastern Shore, introduced a test-optional admissions program for the 2007 entering class. Students with a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher no longer had to submit standardized test scores.
Several hundred colleges nationwide have introduced test-optional admissions, part of a gradual shift in admissions criteria to favor grades over test scores.
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