Miami will keep SAT, ACT scores optional for admissions

Miami University officials announced Thursday it is extending its SAT and ACT exam score optional policy for admissions into the 2022 and part of the 2023 school year due to the impact of coronavirus nationwide and internationally on high schools. (File Photo\Journal-News)
Miami University officials announced Thursday it is extending its SAT and ACT exam score optional policy for admissions into the 2022 and part of the 2023 school year due to the impact of coronavirus nationwide and internationally on high schools. (File Photo\Journal-News)

Miami University is extending its new policy of making SAT and ACT exams optional for new student admission due to the coronavirus pandemic, school officials announced today.

The extension will impact first-year applicants seeking admission starting fall of 2022 and spring 2023.

Miami officials said their admissions approach in recent years had already incorporated a more “holistic approach” that decreased the weight of SAT and ACT test scores prior to the onset of the coronavirus in March 2020.

“Not only has it resulted in a steady stream of high caliber applicants, but it has opened up a tremendous opportunity for access and equity,” said Bethany Perkins, Miami University director of admission.

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Officials said the class admitted for fall 2021, the first to use this policy, is the best-performing academically in Miami’s history.