George Washington University dropped its admission requirements for incoming freshman and transfer students on Monday. According to a statement on the school’s website, undergraduate applicants will no longer have to take the SAT or ACT to be considered for admission.
This new optional testing policy will be effective on August 1 and was made in response to findings from the university’s Task Force on Access and Success that predicted success at the university can be found in a student’s high school GPA or high school records, rather than in their standardized test scores.
“With the change, GW continues to strive for the twin goals of high academic standards and improved access, so central to the history of American education and especially important now in an era of demographic, economic and educational change,” Graduate School of Education and Human Development Dean Michael Feuer said.
For the 2016-2017 school year, incoming students will still have the option to send their test scores to the school. However, those who choose not to send in their scores will not be penalized.