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September 14, 2020
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“Test-blind (as opposed to test-optional) admissions is on the rise.”

By Scott Jaschik

When Loyola University New Orleans announced in May that it was going test blind in admissions, only two other colleges had that status: Hampshire College went test blind in 2014, and Northern Illinois University changed its policy earlier this year.

Today, there are 59 colleges that are test blind — meaning that they do not look at SAT and ACT scores even if students submit them. Obviously there are far more colleges that are test optional. Most colleges are in fact test optional, although many only have adopted that policy for one or two years.

Loyola’s announcement was noteworthy because the university has attracted students with good (but not exceptional) test scores. The most recent class profile of the university lists an SAT average of 1367 and an ACT average of 30.

When Loyola announced its policy…

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