Depaul University Announces Test Optional Policy

17 Feb

Sometimes students only stop panicking about the ACT when they can convince themselves that it doesn’t matter all that much. And if you apply to Depaul, it doesn’t!

News story found here: Depaul University Announces Test Optional Policy.

DePaul University will no longer require applicants to submit standardized-test scores for admission. The new policy, announced on Thursday morning, makes DePaul the largest private nonprofit university to go completely “test optional.”

Starting with applicants for the freshman class entering in 2012, students who choose not to submit ACT or SAT scores will write short responses to essay questions designed to measure “noncognitive” traits, such as leadership, commitment to service, and ability to meet long-term goals.

“Admissions officers have often said that you can’t measure heart,” said Jon Boeckenstedt, associate vice president for enrollment management. “This, in some sense, is an attempt to measure that heart.”

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