What were the results from The University of Chicago’s test-optional admissions policy?

Last year, the University of Chicago announced it would drop their SAT requirement and offer test-optional admissions. The results?

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, first-generation and low-income student commitments are up a whopping 20%, with between 10-15% of total incoming freshman taking advantage of the policy change and not submitting an SAT or ACT score.

The takeaway? From an accessibility standpoint, this test-optional policy appears to be working. Will this along with the university’s vast financial aid improvements for these groups ensure same or better completion rates as well? We will see.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.