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Fall/Winter 2014 (November 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm)

Beloit now "test optional"


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October 31, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Starting with the fall 2015 admission cycle, Beloit will become “test optional,” which means that submitting standardized test scores (ACT/SAT, for example) will be optional for domestic first-year applicants.

Vice President for Enrollment Robert Mirabile, who joined Beloit last summer from Drexel University, says that more than 800 colleges and universities have enacted test-optional policies. Among them are members of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest and national universities, including DePaul and Wake Forest. About one-third of the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the U.S. News rankings are test optional.

“Given the extremely competitive marketplace in which we recruit students, it is important for us to carefully weigh the costs and benefits of each part of our application,” Mirabile says. “From this perspective, I am concerned that the standardized test requirement adds little unique value to our selection process and, in some cases, inhibits access to Beloit among capable students who would greatly contribute to and benefit from the college.”

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