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LU eliminates requirement for SAT/ACT

Beginning with students applying to Lamar University for first-year admission for the fall of 2021, Lamar University will be adopting a “test-optional” admissions policy.

“For years many colleges and universities, including Lamar University, have required students to submit standardized test scores as part of the admissions process,” said Deidra Mayer, executive director, Admissions and Recruitment. “We’re changing that policy to allow students to choose if they want the test to be considered and to ensure students are evaluated for more than one test grade.”

LU’s new policy allows students to choose if they would like to have their standardized test scores considered in the admissions process. If they choose to submit a SAT/ACT score, LU will honor that decision and will evaluate accordingly. Likewise, if a student chooses not to submit scores, LU will assess him/her equitably for admission to LU.

Taking the SAT or ACT has become a rite of passage for students in high school that often brings unnecessary stresses and pressures, and results in validation or condemnation of their personal value to a score received on one test. “Lamar University believes that students are more than just a number, and our policies must adhere to that value,” said Mayer.

This policy applies to all first-year freshman applicants, including domestic high school, homeschool and international students.

Students admitted without standardized test scores will be eligible for both university-wide scholarships as well as admission to the Reaud Honors College. “Our goal is to ensure that students have an equitable path to Lamar University through and beyond the admissions process,” said Mayer.

More details about the test-optional process will be available in the coming weeks but will be effective for students applying for admissions beginning August 1, 2020.