MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Twin Cities university wants potential students to have their best shot of getting accepted. So it’s waiving the standardized test requirement.

Moving forward, the University of St. Thomas is implementing a “test optional policy.” That means students hoping to attend the school can choose whether or not to submit their ACT or SAT scores.

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Officials with the school say this will not lower their expectations when it comes to admittance.

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“We are really going to dive into a student’s application. We’re going to look at the courses they chose to take – and the rigor of those. We’re going to look at the extra-curriculars and whether they were displaying leadership in the extracurriculars,” Al Cotrone, vice president of enrollment at the University of St. Thomas, said. “The evidence we have — even internally — is those tests are not the best indicator of how well a student will do here, how much they will thrive, or how successful they will be afterwards.”

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The first class to have this option will be incoming freshmen starting in 2021.