ACT and SAT scores to be optional as part of Transylvania's admissions process

01/21/2015 07:00 AM

LEXINGTON — Students who are applying for admission to Transylvania University will soon have the option of not submitting ACT or SAT scores as part of their application.

Beginning with the fall 2016 admissions cycle, Transylvania will become the first Kentucky school from the U.S. News and World Report’s top 100 liberal arts colleges to implement the new system, which is becoming increasingly popular with colleges and universities around the country.

More than 800 institutions have adopted the test-scores-optional admissions policy.

“We recognize that for some students, the ACT and the SAT, those tests are not the best predictors of retention and graduation,” said Brad Goan, vice president for enrollment and dean of admissions at Transylvania University. “We wanted them to have a choice. If they believe the SAT or ACT, if those tests are good indicators of their ability, then we want to consider those in the process. If they believe that they are not, then we want to give them a chance to apply for admissions and scholarships without the test scores.”

For students who decide not to submit test scores, admissions personnel will do an analysis of the rigor of the high school curriculum, the high school transcript, writing ability, recommendations and co-curricular involvement. Students will be encouraged to interview with an admissions counselor.

The plan to adopt the test-score-optional policy has been in the works at Transylvania University for some time.

“We’ve been looking at the this for the better part of a year in terms of thinking about this as a possibility.” Goan said.

The full interview with Goan can be seen here:


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