EDUCATION

University of Utah drops ACT/SAT testing requirements

Jun 26, 2020, 7:27 AM | Updated: 12:55 pm
Just one week after eight HBCUs were threatened, a bomb threat was called in on at the University o...
FILE: Campus gates near President's Circle at the U of U. Credit: Paul Nelson

SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah says that new admissions to the school will not have to submit their test scores for either the SAT or the ACT.

This is part of a two-year pilot study the university is making that will begin with incoming students in the fall 2021 semester.

“This is the right time to try a standardized test-optional admissions process for several reasons,” said Steve Robinson, senior associate vice president for enrollment management at the U.

“Our goal is always to make applying to the U as accessible as possible. We know students may be having a difficult time taking the standardized tests due to the coronavirus pandemic, and even before that, we were looking at this as a way to decrease some of the costs and complexities associated with the application process.”

 

In addition to the changes at the U, Westminster College in Salt Lake City is also dropping the standardized tests as part of it’s admissions process, but they will be moving away from the model permanently. 

The admissions office at Westminster says that they hope the move will create a more “holistic review” of incoming students. Instead of relying on the ACT or SAT, students will submit essays, recommendations from teachers, as well as extracurricular activities or leadership positions they have held. 

“The transition to a more holistic review has been part of the admissions office and the enrollment vision as a whole,” Quincey Otuafi, director of undergraduate admissions told the student newspaper The Forum.

She says that this decision comes after years of conversations that the school has had.

The U says that there will be some exceptions for the first year of this new policy. They say that students who do not earn a GPA that is directly comparable to other high school students, like a student with a GED or one who graduated from non-accredited high schools, will still be required to submit a standardized test score.

They say that a score from either of the standardized tests will also be required for direct admissions to select programs and merit scholarships. The U says that the deadlines to submit those scores will likely be pushed back though due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Student safety and accessibility are top of mind for us in making this decision,” Robinson said in a release. “We will be implementing new methods and technology over the next two years to ensure the admissions process remains comprehensive despite no longer receiving standardized test scores. We look forward to the results of the pilot to determine whether this may be a permanent change for the U.”

The deadline for admissions for the fall 2021 semester at the U is February 15.


See also:

University of Utah expects students back in fall

Today’s Top Stories

Education

USU Aviation The Utah State University Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP) created a series of r...
Michele Rowe

Flight instructor, student, die in crash of USU Aviation plane

Officials said a teacher and student affiliated with USU aviation were killed in a plane crash near Wellsville.
6 days ago
USU Aviation The Utah State University Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP) created a series of r...
Waverly Golden

Utah State University reports on Latina women’s status in Utah

The Utah State University Utah Women & Leadership Project researched disparities between Latina Women and all women in Utah.
14 days ago
Utah Valley University March 23, 2020.  (Gabriel Mayberry/ UVU Marketing)...
Martha Harris

Utah adults struggling in their civics knowledge, a UVU study said

Utah adults get an almost failing grade in their civics knowledge, according to a study from Utah Valley University.
22 days ago
The Utah State Board of Education building. Utah schools give out a risk prevention survey every tw...
Aimee Cobabe

Utah State Board of Education drops support for risk prevention survey

Utah schools have given kids a health and risk prevention survey since 2003, but the State Board of Education recently pulled its support for the survey.
22 days ago
utah student achievement COVID-19...
Simone Seikaly

Utah student performance knocked down during COVID-19 restrictions

A review of multiple Utah student performance exams found "significant impacts" in mathematics achievement across grades.
28 days ago
A student was arrested after bringing a gun and ammunition to East High School....
ELLIE COOK and MARK JONES

East High students walkout in support of gun control, honor Texas shooting victims

Students at East High held a walkout Friday morning in support of more gun control and to honor the victims of the recent school shooting in Texas.
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
University of Utah drops ACT/SAT testing requirements