Indiana University could make SAT, ACT tests optional

IU Bloomington (photo courtesy IU Communications)

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) - Indiana University could soon stop requiring students to submit ACT or SAT scores with their college applications.

A university spokesman says students applying for fall 2021 could have the option not to submit college standardized testing.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that the university's Board of Trustees recently approved the policy change.

IU's nine individual campuses now must approve and implement their own "test optional" admissions practice.

Hundreds of colleges in recent years have made it optional for applicants to submit test scores in an effort to promote equity and diversify applicant pools.

Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Arizona and the University of Chicago have already implemented the test-optional policy.

In Indiana, Ball State University, Hanover College and Calumet College of St. Joseph do not require SAT or ACT scores for admission. Earlham College, the University of Evansville and St. Mary's College are also test-optional, accoring to The Times.