DePaul makes ACT and SAT scores optio...

DePaul makes ACT and SAT scores optional on applications

There are 3 comments on the Chicago Sun-Times story from Sep 2, 2011, titled DePaul makes ACT and SAT scores optional on applications. In it, Chicago Sun-Times reports that:

High school seniors planning to apply to DePaul University for the freshman class of 2012 can leave some key information off their applications.

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Worth, IL

#1 Sep 2, 2011
You must remember that tests are unfair to people with autism and Asperger’s syndrome, who often do not test well eventhough they are highly intelligent. It is also unfair to those who school does not offer test preparation classes and practice ACT tests, which my high school was one of them. Many of the top high schools start practicing for the SAT/ACT in the freshman year. Many of their students started practicing in sixth grade, which is the year you become eligible to take the ACT/SAT test. It is unfair for a public school student without the same pre-test resources to compete with a student thats been practicing and taking the test since sixth grade. That is one of the reasons why the test is unfair. Just remember that more and more top schools are going test optional. Wake Forest is a test optional school (since 2008) that is ranked #25 in the nation by US News so it will not affect any thing.

Take a look at all the Respected Test Optional Schools (This lists does not include NYU a top school that only requires any two parts of the SAT/ACT test)

Top “test-optional” national universities
25. Wake Forest University (NC)
64. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)
79. American University (DC)
120. University of Arizona (AZ)
132. Kansas State University (KS)
136. DePaul University (IL)
139. New School (NY)
143. George Mason University (VA)
143. University of Mississippi (MS)

Other Test Optional Schools. You will still have to meet gpa and transcript requirements for admission.

Arizona State
Indiana State
Kansas State
Oklahoma State
Texas A&M
Univ. of Texas
Arizona University
Univ. of Arkansas
Univ. of Mississippi
Univ. of Oregon
Univ. of Wyoming
Providence College
Sheik Yerbouti

Warrington, PA

#2 Sep 3, 2011
Many colleges have found that ACT and SAT scores are meaningless and are not an accurate predictor of academic success. They are especially meaningless when it come to rating students in the creative arts.If Beethoven and Einstein had to take SAT tests chances are they would be rejected by most universities. ACT and SAT tests are little more than scams!

Chicago, IL

#3 Sep 7, 2011
On behalf of my fellow alumni, I would like to thank the President and Board of Trustees of DePaul University for further devaluing our DePaul degrees. In today's economy, the last thing DePaul graduates need is to have a degree identified with a school that minimizes the importance of academic achievement and intellectual ability. The President and Trustees clearly have no concept of the difficult environment in which university graduates -- particularly recent graduates -- must compete. Whether the ACT and SAT are 100% foolproof predictors of future academic performance is really not the point. The general public perception is that a school that does not care about the ACT or SAT scores of applicants is a school that has decided to become a revenue-generating diploma mill rather than an institution focused on academic excellence. And because that is the general public perception, graduates will suffer. I submit all DePaul graduates are now entitled to a partial tuition refund, as the degree they received (and paid for) is now worth substantially less.

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