Central Washington University lifts SAT/ACT requirement for admission

Central Washington University (CWU)

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Today, Central Washington University is joining dozens of public and private universities across the United States in lifting its standardized testing requirement for admissions to the school.

According to a release issued by the school, this shift is taking place starting with the Fall 2021 term. Many schools throughout the country opted not to require standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT once the pandemic struck in early 2020.

Similarly, many people have expressed concerns about standardized tests inherently discriminating against prospective students from disadvantaged communities due to a lack of testing/educational resources. Central Washington University Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Michelle DenBeste wants to ensure that the school’s admission process is fair to all students.

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“We recognize that Central is often the first choice for first-generation college students. Deciding to move to permanent test-optional policies only reaffirms our strong commitment to removing barriers that might prevent any student from obtaining a college degree,” DenBeste said. “Instead of primarily basing our admissions on test scores, we will take into consideration other factors including diversity, leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, and school and community engagement.”

DenBeste says that students who apply to Central Washington University without an SAT or ACT score will not be penalized when being considered for scholarships and grants. However, the school will look more closely at other factors such as academic progress, extracurricular activities and community involvement when deciding who to admit.

“We hope that students will continue to seek challenges in high school, stay engaged in their schools and local communities, reach out to our institutions and explore the array of academic programs on our campuses,” DenBeste said.


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