UNH Pilot Program Won't Require SAT Scores From Applicants

May 6, 2019

Credit Mike Ross / UNH

Starting next fall, students applying to the University of New Hampshire will no longer be required to submit standardized test scores with their application in a three-year pilot program starting with incoming freshmen in 2020.

Admissions director Rob McGann says data shows that grades earned in high school over four years bear a much greater relationship to how well a student will do in college than SAT or ACT tests do.

McGann said Monday the university has two goals in moving to a test-optional policy: a greater diversity of applicants for whom standardized testing presents a real or perceived barrier to pursuing an education at a flagship university; and reinforcement that the most important part of the admissions decision-making process is a student's high school classroom academic record.