Ball State makes SAT, ACT optional for admission

Ball State University
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MUNCIE, Ind. (WTHR) — Beginning in the fall of 2019, Ball State will no longer require applicants to provide an SAT or ACT score to be considered for admission.

It's the first time a four-year public university in Indiana has made this move, but school administrators think the change will lead to more academically successful students enrolled in the university.

"By becoming test-optional, we will become more attractive and accessible to students across the entire state of Indiana," said Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, Dr. Kay Bales.

Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns said the university's research shows GPA is the most accurate indicator of student academic success.

"If students feel their SAT or ACT scores don't represent their academic abilities and decide not to submit them, we'll holistically consider their academic work and difficulty, extracurricular participation, and any applicant statements or recommendations," Bales said.

Students are still encouraged to include their test scores if they believe it will be beneficial to their admission.

Students who are home-schooled or attended a high school that does not give out grades will still be required to provide standardized test scores in their applications.

For more information on the test-optional application, click here.