As colleges and universities drop admission tests, what is the impact on enrollment?

Hari Sreenivasan:

But when Emory and hundreds of other institutions announced that students no longer had to submit grades due to the pandemic, Porsche applied, hoping to be the first in her family to go to college.

Porsche Smith was not alone. According to the common application, which is used by more than 900 schools, only 43% of the incoming class of freshmen submitted their test scores with their college applications.

That’s down from 77% before the pandemic. Selective universities, or schools that admit fewer than half of applicants, have seen the largest increase in applications, despite the overall decline in post-secondary education enrollment during the pandemic.

John Latting, Dean of Admissions, Emory University: We’ve gone from about 75% of colleges requiring the SAT to almost none in a year.


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