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UMES to Implement Test-Optional Admission Policy

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore announced Tuesday it is implementing a “test-optional” admissions policy for applicants with a high school grade-point average of 3.4 or higher.

According to a news release, applicants with strong academic credentials seeking to enroll at UMES will no longer need to submit college test scores for admissions purposes. The new policy will be used to screen applicants for the spring 2020 semester and beyond.

“As a historically black, doctoral research institution, the university has long embraced its role as a place that creates greater opportunity and access to a quality college education,” UMES President Heidi M. Anderson said. “This new policy supports not only our students, but reinforces our founding mission.”

UMES’ internal student-performance tracking shows admitted students with a high school GPA of 3.4 or higher demonstrate higher persistence and 6-year graduation rates than their peers.

Hans Cooper, UMES’ vice president for enrollment management and student experience, said the university is embracing an emerging trend in higher education to put greater weight on classroom performance when making admissions decisions.

“We take a comprehensive approach to the review process and allow students to submit materials that best represent them and their potential,” Cooper said. “We believe four years of strong performance in a rigorous high school curriculum is a great measure of their future success.”

UMES joins more than 1,000 accredited colleges and universities with some form of a test-optional policy, including Hampton (Va.) University, University of Delaware and Salisbury University.

It is important to note test scores will still be required for consideration for acceptance into the university’s Henson honors program, selected majors, as well as NCAA teams.

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