High school students will not need to take the ACT or SAT test for fall 2021 or 2022.

For the third year in a row, Millersville University will be test optional. That means students entering fall 2022 will not have to take a standardized test, such as the ACT or SAT test, this coming year.

The spring tests are typically prime dates for high school juniors planning to apply to colleges for the next fall. Many sites have postponed or cancelled the tests because of the pandemic.

We went 100% test-optional in fall 2020 and continued it for fall 2021 due to COVID and the lack of testing sites available,” explained Katy Charles, Admissions Director. “We decided to extend it to students entering fall 2022 because they would typically test this coming spring, and likely will not have the same access to SAT/ACT testing as in normal years because of COVID.”

“Millersville is committed to providing students access to an affordable, high-quality education. Extending this policy to make the tests optional aims to make higher education attainable to more students during this time,” says Brian Hazlett, vice president for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management.”

In the absence of SAT or ACT scores, greater emphasis will be placed on GPA and other academic factors.

Millersville piloted the initiative of making the SAT optional back in 2014. The University was the first Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) institution to do so. In the current climate of uncertainty created by COVID-19, many PASSHE schools are taking similar measures.

“Specific courses taken in high school, extracurricular activities and an applicant’s essay will be important measures in reviewing applications,” says Charles. “We are confident in the caliber of our incoming class.”

For more information contact Millersville University admissions at 1-800-MU-ADMIT, 717-872-3371 or admissions@millersville.edu.

 

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