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University Adopts Test-Optional Admission Policy

Posted 09/01/2017
Submitted by Meagan Fazio
Category: Campus Announcements

Following is a message from Dean of Admission Rick Zeiser:

The University of Hartford is joining more than 900 colleges and universities around the country in offering applicants the choice of whether to submit their SAT or ACT scores. This test-optional policy, which is beginning with applicants for the Fall 2018 semester, is consistent with our goal of reviewing each prospective student in a holistic manner.

We made this decision in large part because high school GPA has been proven to be a more accurate predictor of college success. Additionally, studies have shown standardized tests can be culturally biased and that minimum test score policies block access to higher education for otherwise qualified students, particularly those traditionally underserved—first generation, low-income, and underrepresented populations. Further, research indicates there is not a significant difference in the college GPAs or graduation rates shown by students admitted under a test-optional policy in comparison with students admitted under a traditional, test-based policy.

Prospective University of Hartford students are still required to submit ACT or SAT scores if they are homeschooled or if they attend a high school that provides only descriptive report cards rather than letter or number grades. Scores are also required from any applicant who wishes to be considered for our National Honors, Regents, and Presidents Academic Scholarships, as well as the First Robotics Scholarship offered through the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA).

Our requirements are detailed to students on our website.

We look forward to keeping our community updated and informed on our enrollment progress. Please feel free to reach out directly to me with any questions. 

Thank you,