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College Makes Standardized Tests Optional for Applicants

May 07, 2010

Barbara LeBlanc
(603) 641-7241

Saint Anselm College will join a growing number of colleges and universities by making the SAT and ACT standardized tests optional for high school students applying for admission.

This change will take effect starting with students who apply for admission for the 2011-2012 academic year. It will apply to all academic majors except nursing. International students will continue to be required to provide test results from an appropriate test of English proficiency

The decision to no longer require standardized test results to be considered for admission to Saint Anselm follows years of study of the role of the tests both nationally and here at Saint Anselm.

Administrators and faculty members who studied this issue believe that making achievement tests optional will enable the College to expand the applicant pool and thus maintain Saint Anselm’s high standards.

“Six years of data show that, at Saint Anselm, the best predictor of academic success is a record of academic achievement in rigorous high school coursework,” Dean of Admission Nancy Davis Griffin said. “By becoming test optional, we hope to reach qualified students who may not have considered Saint Anselm. Admission to Saint Anselm will continue to be selective and driven by the student’s academic transcript.”

The Admission Committee will conduct a holistic review of each applicant, including the rigor of the high school curriculum; academic achievement; writing ability; co-curricular activities, particularly evidence of leadership; and letters of recommendation from college counselors and teachers.