Columbia University Permanently Drops Standardised Test Requirements For Undergrad Applicants-Education News
Columbia University will no longer require undergraduate students to submit their standardised test scores, making it the first Ivy League school to permanently go test-optional.
This means that undergraduate applicants will no longer have to send SAT and ACT standardised test scores. The university announced the decision on its Undergraduate Admissions webpage on Wednesday. In a statement, the university stated that it crafted its application to allow flexibility “for students to represent themselves fully and showcase their academic talents”. “Standardized testing is not a required component of our application,” it added. Notably, Columbia University has not required test scores from applicants since the 2020-21 academic school year, when it dropped the requirement amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The university had extended the policy through the 2023-2024 school year last February, according to New York Post. The decision was “rooted in the belief that students are dynamic, multi-faceted individuals who cannot be defined by any single factor,” the university said. It added that its approach to applicants stresses a “holistic and contextual application review process,” and considers numerous factors. “Our review is purposeful and nuanced – respecting varied backgrounds, voices and experiences – in order to best determine an applicant’s suitability for admission and ability to thrive in our curriculum and our community, and to advance access to our educational opportunities.” the announcement said.
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