- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Another New Hampshire college is giving prospective students the option of including standardized test scores in their applications.

Rivier University in Nashua says those applying for undergraduate admission for fall 2016 will no longer be required to submit SAT or ACT scores for most programs. Officials say the change will make college education more accessible, streamline the application process and encourage a more diverse pool of applicants. They site research that shows SAT scores are highly correlated to socio-economic status and say they consider high school academic performance the most reliable indicator of college preparedness.

The new policy applies to all majors except nursing.

Franklin Pierce University in Rindge announced a similar change last month.

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