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CSE Making Standardized Tests Optional

Morristown, N.J. (October 2, 2017) – The College of Saint Elizabeth will make SAT/ACT standardized test scores optional for students applying for admission in fall 2018 and beyond, joining almost 900 colleges and universities nationwide that have dropped the requirement. In New Jersey, Montclair State, Saint Peter's, Rowan and Drew Universities as well as Bloomfield College have made the scores optional.

"We feel that academic achievement, particularly a student's overall grade point average and grades in core areas and teacher recommendations are far better indicators of how a student will perform in College than the results of a standardized test," said President Helen J. Streubert. "We pride ourselves on creating an environment that supports enrollment and college completion. Going forward, we will use other academic performance markers that reflect what we have learned about the indicators of academic success at the College of Saint Elizabeth."

Students applying for the Honors Program, or scholarships, will continue to be evaluated in a holistic manner. Therefore, SAT scores will be viewed as one of the factors in that evaluation for students who opt to submit them.

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