George Washington University will no longer require standardized test scores as part of its undergraduate admissions application.
Applicants for the 2016-2017 school year will have the option to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their application, but do not have to if they don't feel they "are an accurate reflection of their academic potential," the Washington, D.C. school said in a statement on Monday.
There are some exceptions. Homeschooled applicants, students from high schools that don't give grades, and applicants for the university's seven-year B.A/M.D. program will still have to submit standardized test scores.
This "test-optional" policy has been adopted by more than 125 private colleges and universities featured in U.S. News and World Report rankings, according to the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, or FairTest, the Associated Press says.
"I look forward to monitoring this innovation in admissions policy and learning how this will widen the field of qualified applicants and continue to move our university to even higher levels of academic excellence," GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development Dean Michael Feuer said.