SIU Carbondale Will No Longer Require SAT, ACT For Admission

Sun-Times Media Wire
December 15, 2019 - 11:16 am
College Applications

CARBONDALE, ILL. (AP) -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale will no longer require students to take the ACT or SAT to be admitted to the university.

SIU Interim Chancellor John M. Dunn said research has shown the most important predictor of college success is a student's high school grade point average, according to the Southern Illinoisan.

Dunn said standardized tests like the ACT and SAT can be a barrier to higher education for many students.

The university has a responsibility "to level the playing field and ensure that every student with potential has an opportunity to study at SIU," he continued. 

Admittance to the university will be test-optional "effective immediately," the Southern Illinoisian reported SIU spokesperson Rae Goldsmith as saying, adding that the imoversotu meeds to redesign its scholarships, many of which were designed with SAT and ACT requisites.

SIU joins a growing list of colleges and universities that have moved away from requiring standardized tests as part of its admisssions checklist. 

FairTest, a nonprofit that advocates for fairness in the college admissions process, reports that 1060 accredited colleges and universities around the country, including the DePaul University and the University of Chicago, have adopted a test-optional alternative for admissions. 

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