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UMW drops test requirement for high-achieving applicants

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Students with a high school grade-point average of at least 3.5 won’t have to take standardized admissions tests to be admitted to the University of Mary Washington.

The Free Lance-Star reports (http://bit.ly/1JaQUFk ) that the university’s governing board unanimously approved the new policy for high-achieving applicants Thursday. The policy does not apply to student seeking merit-based scholarships.

The idea was first raised at a board meeting last year as a way to attract more students. It reflects a growing trend nationally. Virginia Commonwealth University announced in January that it would no longer require applicants with at least a 3.3 grade-point average to submit SAT scores. Other Virginia universities, including George Mason, Christopher Newport, Old Dominion and Radford, have SAT-optional policies.


Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/


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