About a year ago, University of Chicago became test optional. It was an historic moment. Simply put, Chicago became the first top-ranked national private university to drop the standardized test requirement. Additionally, the school was open it did so with the intent of increasing its student diversity.
Last week, we announced University of Rochester had followed suit. This announcement was combined with similar announcements from Carthage College, Marquette University and University of Southern Maine. As a result, we are now cautiously optimistic this may mark a significant (and long overdue!) trend away from standardized tests.
In conclusion, predicting trends is an inexact science. Accordingly, please don’t hate on us if you’re superstitious and this blog jinxes it by being timed with the reversal of that trend!