RIT no longer requiring SAT, ACT scores starting in 2021

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Updated: May 18, 2020 12:57 PM
Created: May 18, 2020 11:10 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester Institute of Technology will no longer require SAT or ACT scores from student applicants.

This measure will be in place beginning in the fall of 2021.

The university is part of a growing movement to make standardized tests optional for admission.

RIT’s Director of Undergraduate Admissions Marian Nicoletti said these tests are not the best indicators of student success and they've considered the move for several years.

“Nationally, underrepresented minority students and women tend to test lower,” Nicoletti said. “If you add in factors such as socioeconomics or English as a second language, those students tend to have an even lower score. As our demographics are shifting, we believe the test is not a fair reflection of a student’s ability to succeed in college.”

The pandemic has been another factor in the decision to go test-optional.

RIT’s College of Liberal Arts has already made submitting SAT and ACT scores optional beginning in the fall of 2020.

For more information about RIT’s admissions policies, visit the admissions website.

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