Alma College Suspends SAT/ACT Testing Requirements for Admission

Alma suspends SAT/ACT requirement for first-year students in wake of Covid-19 restrictions.

In response to limited access to testing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Alma College has suspended the SAT/ACT testing requirement for traditional first-year student admission for the next 18 months.

Exterior shot of the Reid-Knox Admissions building on the campus of Alma College Students across the country face uncertainty in their college search process, particularly standardized testing, due to state and federal guidance on social distancing. A test optional institution since April 2019, Alma has now suspended the testing requirement entirely to provide students a clearer pathway to admission.

“This change enables us to continue to provide access to an Alma College education for students who now have limited, or no, availability of testing opportunities,” says Amanda Slenski, vice president for admissions and special assistant to the president. “I am so grateful to my faculty colleagues for their compassionate response to one of the many challenges currently facing prospective students.”

Students with a 2.75 high school grade point average or higher will no longer need to opt-in to a test optional pathway or interview for admission. Alternative admissions pathways for students with a high school grade point average of less than a 2.75 continue to be available and will be addressed individually with students. International and transfer admission, which already offers options for students who do not have a standardized test score, will remain unchanged. Students listen to a lecture from Scott Dexter.

Alma College also offers rolling admissions, ongoing scholarship opportunities, and flexible enrollment deadlines. The college is still accepting applications for the fall 2020 incoming class.

“At a time when many families face more questions than answers, we are proud to become the first selective college or university in Michigan to address the concerns facing prospective students in this way,” says President Jeff Abernathy. “We embrace the opportunity, as we always have, to create an individual plan for each student so that they can benefit from a life-changing education at Alma College.”

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Story published on March 30, 2020