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.READ MORE: Crews Continue Cleanup After 50-Car Train Derails In Albert Lea
Officials with the school say this will not lower their expectations when it comes to admittance.READ MORE: COVID In MN: 805 New Cases, 10 More Deaths Reported Sunday
“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.”MORE NEWS: 2 Hurt In Shooting At St. Paul Bus Stop
The first class to have this option will be incoming freshmen starting in 2021.