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CMU extends test-optional admissions policy through fall 2023

- By CMU Communicat­ions

The Central Michigan University Academic Senate approved the extension of test-optional admissions through fall 2023. The policy allows applicants to apply without requiring an ACT or SAT score.

CMU first introduced its testoption­al policy in 2020 as many high school students were unable to complete standardiz­ed tests during the pandemic due to test site closures, according to Interim Provost Richard Rothaus. Since enacting the policy, CMU’S internal analysis indicates no practical difference in high school grade point averages of the two groups — those admitted with a test score and those ad

mitted without.

Jennifer Dehaemers, vice president of student recruitmen­t and retention, said analysis of the data for CMU’S 2021 freshman

class also showed students admitted and enrolled as test-optional are a significan­tly more diverse group of students than those admitted with tests.

“By continuing the testoption­al admission policy, CMU is providing opportunit­y to a broader range

of students who will be academical­ly successful here,” Dehaemers said. “This supports not only our goals to grow our enrollment but also our goals to provide a diverse and inclusive community in which all students can prepare for their future.”

The decision to extend the policy also allows the university to gather additional data on the impact it has, if any, on student success and persistenc­e, said Dehaemers.

For more informatio­n on CMU’S admission requiremen­ts and how to apply, visit Admissions and Aid on our website.

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