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March 26, 2014

Emmanuel Announces New Test-Optional Policy

For several years, Emmanuel College has been evaluating the admission process to determine the best predictors for student academic success. After studying both national research and considering our own experiences, it is now clear that standardized test scores are not the best indicator of academic success in college. The strength of students' high school curriculum and grades are much better predictors.

Based on this careful analysis and on discussions with faculty, administrators, secondary school guidance counselors and students, Emmanuel College has decided to move to test-optional admission. Beginning with the class entering Emmanuel College in fall of 2015, applicants for admission will not be required to submit standardized test scores (SAT I, SAT II and ACT).

This test-optional policy reinforces the College's commitment to understand a student's overall academic experience, regardless of performance on a single test. In addition, it encourages all students who have achieved success in high school to consider Emmanuel. The admission application review process will not change significantly, as Emmanuel has always completed a holistic review of each admission applicant. 

Emmanuel joins 800 other colleges and universities nationwide that deemphasize standardized testing in the admission process.

For more information about this policy change and frequently asked questions, visit our test-optional information page.