NEWPORT, R.I. – Salve Regina University will make SAT and ACT standardized test scores optional, effective immediately, for students applying for admission.
The decision comes as Salve Regina welcomes the largest freshman class in its history. The test-optional policy will apply to all majors except nursing and education, as licensing in both of these professional fields will require graduates to pass standardized exams.
“The decision to become test optional is the result of a long process of research and discussion,” said Laura McPhie Oliveira, vice president for enrollment. “Our research shows that the best predictor of academic success at Salve Regina is strong performance in a rigorous college preparatory program. The goal is to stay true to the inclusive spirit of our mission and focus on what really matters, which is a student’s ability to succeed and thrive in our community.”
The policy enhances the university’s commitment to accessibility for high performing and diverse students, and will augment its inclusive and dynamic learning environment.
“Our staff will continue to review applications as thoroughly as we have done in the past,” said Colleen Emerson, dean of undergraduate admissions. “The most important part of our application review process has always been and will continue to be a student’s day-to-day performance in a strong curriculum. Our best applicants have always been those who have challenged themselves to go beyond the minimum requirements.”
In adopting the policy, Salve Regina joins a growing number of the nation’s top liberal arts institutions that have made standardized tests optional. Educational leaders have increasingly expressed concern that standardized test scores can be shaped by environmental, cultural and economic factors that diminish their ability to predict future academic success.