A college in Asheville has done away with SAT/ACT requirements

Warren Wilson College, the Asheville-based liberal arts college that requires students to work an on-campus job and perform community service, announced Friday it is going test-optional starting fall 2016. That means it will not require students to have taken the SAT or ACT. The statement from Janelle Holmboe, vice president for enrollment:

We value the whole student; the ways in which they innovate and apply knowledge, how they seek to serve others, and how they hope to make an impact in the world through hard work. Those qualities aren’t just reflected in test scores.

The college also says that “test-optional policies help create larger and more diverse applicant pools by lessening racial class, gender and cultural barriers to college enrollment posed by standardized testing.”

Harry Painter

Harry Painter writes for the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.