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University of Denver: Applicants will no longer be required to submit SAT, ACT scores

Posted at 5:53 AM, Mar 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 07:53:06-04

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DENVER – The University of Denver announced Tuesday that prospective students will no longer have to submit SAT or ACT scores when applying to the school.

The change begins for students applying for the fall 2020 semester. The school said students can still submit their ACT and SAT scores on their applications if the scores “accurately represent their academic abilities.”

In a news release from the school on Tuesday, the school said it concluded academic performance in high school was a better indicator of success in first-year college performance rather than high test scores.

“Oftentimes an ACT or SAT score is more reflective of a student’s economic background and the resources of their school, rather than demonstrating the student’s academic abilities and college preparedness,” said Todd Rinehart, vice chancellor for enrollment at DU.

The school said academic performance in high school was the university’s most important factor in admission decisions. It also added that removing the required scores allows lower-income students and first-generation college students a better chance of being accepted.