Applications submitted both with and without SAT/ACT scores considered.

Joining a national movement among colleges and universities, the Drew University faculty overwhelmingly endorsed making the submission of standardized test scores optional when applying for admission to Drew.

The new policy goes into effect immediately.

Students who chose to not submit SAT/ACT scores should present high school transcripts that reflect at least a B average and a rigorous college preparatory or honors curriculum.

“Drew has and continues to attract high-caliber students who have completed a rigorous high school curriculum,” said MaryAnn Baenninger, president of Drew University. “Those students are succeeding at Drew regardless of their SAT test scores, which do not always give an accurate assessment of their abilities. This decision to make the scores optional will give applicants the confidence to know that our university looks at the whole student in making our admissions decisions.”

Drew joins many other universities across the nation in making the test scores optional, including leading liberal arts institutions such as Bowdoin College, Bates College, Wesleyan University, Franklin and Marshall College, Smith College, Colby College, Bryn Mawr College, Temple University and Brandeis University.

Students also do not need to submit standardized test scores to be considered for the Dean’s Scholarships and need-based grants at Drew; the test scores are required, however, for Drew’s Baldwin Honors Scholarship and Presidential Scholarship programs.

“The relationship between grades and standardized test scores is not perfect,” explained Robert J. Massa, Drew’s senior vice president for enrollment and institutional planning. “There are students with excellent high school grades taking top level courses but who have non-competitive standardized test scores. Drew welcomes those students and encourages them to apply.”