PELLA — Central College has announced it will no longer require ACT or SAT scores for first-year and transfer students applying for admission.
The college had already waived standardized test scores to the 2020 and 2021 admission cycles due to the cancellation of many testing dates because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Central will evaluate each students' application for admission based on factors such as the nature of the high school, class rigor, academic record, extracurricular activities, talents and achievements and the unique experience and perspective a student could bring to the college.
"We want to make sure that a student's dream of a Central education remains accessible," says Chevy Freiburger, dean of enrollment management. "We believe that continuing to regard SAT and ACT tests as optional for applicants will ensure that no student is denied the opportunity to be considered for admission. This step really opens doors for students whose talents and potential for leadership may not be well measured by a standardized test."
The admission office will continue to consider test scores, if submitted, as an additional component to an applicant's profile. Test scores may also be helpful for course placement and in the selection process for some scholarships.