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UMW drops test requirement for high-achieving applicants


FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Students with a high school grade-point average of at least 3.5 won't have to take standardized admissions tests to be admitted to the University of Mary Washington.

The university's governing board unanimously approved the new policy for high-achieving applicants Thursday. The policy does not apply to student seeking merit-based scholarships.

The idea was first raised at a board meeting last year as a way to attract more students. It reflects a growing trend nationally. Virginia Commonwealth University announced in January that it would no longer require applicants with at least a 3.3 grade-point average to submit SAT scores. Other Virginia universities, including George Mason, Christopher Newport, Old Dominion and Radford, have SAT-optional policies.

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