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Queens University Drops SAT/ACT Admission Requirement

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Queens University announced today that it is joining the more than 1,000 colleges and universities around the country that have dropped or de-emphasized the SAT/ACT requirement for admission. Jen Johnson, vice president of marketing and admissions, says the university wants to evaluate students on more than test scores.

“We just want to give students a choice whether or not their test scores represent their academic ability," Johnson said. "And we have a holistic review process, so we look at several things as to whether a student is a good fit for Queens.”

Johnson says the university doesn't need test scores. She says the university already requires transcripts, an essay and a resume for admission.

“I think the benefit to the university is to widen and continue to diversify our applicant pool and to send a message to students that we do look at you holistically," Johnson said. "We look at all that you bring to the table.”

Johnson says the university began exploring the test-optional movement a couple of years ago. Queens joins local schools like Belmont Abbey College, Bennett College, Johnson & Wales and Wake Forest University.

Students will be admitted under this new policy in fall 2020.

Sarafina Wright is the "All Things Considered" producer for WFAE 90.7 Charlotte’s NPR Source. Before coming to WFAE, she worked as a political correspondent for EBONY.com, staff writer at the Washington Informer and editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge in Washington, DC. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Howard University. When she's not writing professionally, Sarafina can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com or hanging out with her book club, Charlotte West.