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Aug 30, 2015 9:37 AM

Franklin Pierce University hopes to increase diversity by no longer requiring SAT, ACT scores

The Associated Press

RINDGE (AP) — Franklin Pierce University is joining a growing list of schools that no longer require most applicants to submit standardized test scores.

Officials at the private university in Rindge say the move reflects its commitment to making higher education more accessible. They say high school classroom performance is a better predictor than tests such as the SAT or ACT, and that the new policy may lead to greater diversity because focusing on test scores deters otherwise qualified minority and low-income students from applying.

Those applying to Franklin Pierce will have the option to include test scores as part of their applications. Student athletes will still be required to submit scores to the NCAA, and scores also will be required for students applying to a special degree program in physical therapy.


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