- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Commonwealth University is stressing grades over SAT scores.

President Michael Rao announced Tuesday that the Richmond school no longer will require applicants with a high school grade point average of 3.3 or higher to submit SAT scores. He made the announcement during his annual state of the university.

Hundreds of universities around the country already have dropped the SAT requirement. At VCU, the SAT still will be required for some programs, such as engineering, and for some of the university’s endowed scholarships.

Rao stressed that the GPA has proven to be a better barometer of how well a student will do in college.

He called the reliance on SAT scores a “fundamentally flawed” system.

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