Maryland College Pulls SAT Requirement

July 28, 2007

Goucher College has joined the growing ranks of institutions that don't require applicants to submit SAT scores.

People applying to the small, liberal arts college in Towson can still submit their scores, and most are likely to do so.

Goucher president Sanford Ungar says his decision was influenced by the results he's seen from other schools that made the tests optional. He says the applicant pools have grown larger and more diverse, and produced classes at least as good as they had before.

Salisbury University was the first Maryland college to drop the
requirement, and others are considering it.

Some critics say the SATs put minority and low-income students at a disadvantage. And many studies have shown that the test scores are no more accurate at predicting success than grades in high school and scores on subject-specific tests.

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