William Jewell College announces its test-optional admission policy beginning with students admitted for the 2013-2014 year.
The approach allows William Jewell to take a more holistic evaluation of students, including performance in core academic courses in high school, writing skills, community involvement and extracurricular activities. Applicants with a 3.0 GPA will not be required to submit SAT and ACT scores.
“Our research and experience tell us the best predictors of college success are a combination of a strong high school curriculum and academic performance,” said Gary Bracken, William Jewell College vice president for enrollment. “Standardized tests can be shaped by environmental and cultural factors. Jewell’s emphasis on achievement, community, leadership and character are not measured from one test but rather from a holistic review.”
Students have the autonomy to decide what information best represents their qualifications for admission. Students who choose not to submit standardized test scores will receive full consideration, without penalty, for both admission and merit scholarships. Test scores will be required after admission for advising purposes and to evaluate the test optional policy.
“We have not changed our admission standards,” said Bracken. “High school students who perform well in the classroom on a daily basis prove to be high achievers in college as well. We look forward to broadening our applicant pool to make Jewell more accessible to diverse groups of students with unique talents who share our values.”
To view eligibility criteria for a test-optional application, visit www.jewell.edu/testoptional.