By: 1812Blockhouse, The Ohio State University
It’s a rite of passage for high school juniors, seniors, and the occasion sophomore — taking the all-important ACT or SAT. These scores, combined with a high school GPA, transcript, extracurriculars, and, for some schools, an essay, make up the admissions package.
Standardized test submissions are not required for many branch campuses in Ohio, such as The Ohio State University at Mansfield.
This year, that exception is the case system-wide at OSU.
Many colleges and universities are waiving those tests because of COVID-19 concerns, including remote learning, disruptions in home and academic environments, etc..
As shared recently in the New York Times, some schools are making this change for at least the next four years.
The Ohio State University, however, is making it clear that this is a one-year deal, at least for now. With a couple of limited exceptions, tests are not required.
In a recent Ohio State News article, writer Benjamin Johnson shared, “All applicants are encouraged to take the ACT or SAT if possible and submit test scores if they are available, as Ohio State believes that standardized test scores provide useful information about a student’s success as a Buckeye. However, all students will receive full consideration in the admissions process and in reviews for scholarships, direct enrollment to their college or school, Honors and Scholars Programs, and the Morrill Scholarship Program if they are unable or choose not to submit a score.”
Classes at OSU begin on August 25 for the 2020-2021 academic year.