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BSU to focus on GPA, not SAT or ACT scores

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Ball State University (BSU) will no longer require applicants to meet specific SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admission. 

WTHR reported that BSU is making the switch in fall of 2019. They are the first four-year public university in Indiana to make the move. 

School administrators say they believe the change will result in more academically successful students to enroll. 

"By becoming test-optional, we will become more attractive and accessible to students across the entire state of Indiana," said Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, Dr. Kay Bales told WTHR.

According to Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns, BSU’s research shows GPA is the most accurate indicator of student academic success.

"If students feel their SAT or ACT scores don’t represent their academic abilities and decide not to submit them, we’ll holistically consider their academic work and difficulty, extracurricular participation, and any applicant statements or recommendations," Bales told WTHR.

But students can still submit their SAT or ACT scores if they think it will be beneficial to their admission. 

Those students without traditional grades, like home-schoolers, will still need to provide SAT and ACT scores in applications. For more information on the change, visit their website.  


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