GWU sees uptick in minority enrollment after dropping tests

November 22, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — George Washington University says its freshman class became more diverse as a result of a decision to make standardized test scores optional for applicants.

GWU announced Monday that underrepresented minority groups make up just over 20 percent of this year’s freshman class. Last year, such students made up 15 percent of GWU freshmen. African-American enrollment increased by 84 percent.

The university says more than 25,000 students applied for admission, and 21 percent did not submit SAT or ACT scores with their applications. Of the 2,500 who enrolled, 29 percent didn’t submit scores.

GWU and other schools that have dropped the test requirement say they hope to encourage more minority and low-income students to apply. Studies have shown minorities tend to score lower on the tests.