Stanford University announced it is extending its test-optional admissions policy for a third consecutive year in 2022-2023. The policy will apply to both freshmen and transfer applicants. The test-optional policy traces its origin to the COVID-19 outbreak and may be here to stay.
The university explained in a statement, “We recognize the ongoing challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, including limited access to admission testing worldwide, and as a result, we are extending this year’s test-optional policy.”
It certainly seems that the test-optional policy has benefited Stanford. Applications jumped to 55,471 for the Class of 2025 and the acceptance rate dropped to 3.95%.