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.