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Transylvania adopts test-optional admissions policy; will continue use of ‘holistic’ approach

Beginning with the fall 2016 admissions cycle, students will no longer be required to submit ACT or SAT scores when applying to Transylvania University. According to a press release from the Lexington liberal arts school, the test-optional policy is becoming increasingly popular among U.S. institutions.

“The ACT and SAT are among a set of many tools that can be used in evaluating a student for admission and scholarships,” said Brad Goan, vice president for enrollment and dean of admissions. “But there is strong evidence that standardized tests are not the best predictors of retention and graduation for some students. We will offer students a choice.”

Students will still have the option to submit their scores for consideration in the admission and scholarship processes but can choose not to if they think the scores do not accurately reflect their academic abilities.

Transylvania will continue to use a “holistic” approach to evaluate the applications of those who choose not to submit test scores, according to a press release. This will include an analysis of the rigor of curriculum, the high school transcript, writing ability, recommendations and co-curricular involvement. Students will also be encouraged to interview with an admissions counselor.

“Reducing a student’s ability to a number does not do justice to what it means to be a student at Transylvania,” President Seamus Carey said. “This new policy will give students with outstanding abilities that are not reflected in standardized test scores the confidence that they can succeed at Transylvania.”

From Transylvania

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