- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

College-bound students who opted not to take the ACT or SAT now have one more institution willing to consider their applications: George Washington University.

“Those applying to GW for the 2016-17 school year will have the option to include standardized test scores as part of their application. High school coursework and grades will continue to be the most important factors in GW’s holistic review process, along with a student’s writing skills, recommendations, involvement in school and community, and personal qualities and character. However, this year, students who do not think their SAT or ACT scores are an accurate reflection of their academic potential can choose not to submit them,” GW Today reported Monday.

Testing will still be required of home-schooled students, high schools that only provide narrative evaluations athletes, and those applying for a seven-year program leading to a combined bachelor’s/medical degree, officials said, The Associated Press reported.

“Although we have long employed a holistic application review process, we had concerns that students who could be successful at GW felt discouraged from applying if their scores were not as strong as their high school performance,” said Dean of Admissions Karen Stroud Felton, The Washington Post reported. “We want outstanding students from all over the world and from all different backgrounds — regardless of their standardized scores — to recognize GW as a place where they can thrive.”

The National Center for Fair and Open Testing lists 125 private colleges and universities that now have test-optional admission policies, AP reported.

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