Smith College has announced that they are going test optional beginning with the class entering in 2009. International students will continue to need to submit standardized tests, SAT I, ACT, TOEFL or IELTS as appropriate.
Smith, the largest women’s college in the United States, is currently ranked number 17 in the US News rankings of top liberal arts colleges in the US. They have a policy of meeting the full financial aid of all of its students and historically have had a large number of Pell grant recipients, an indication that they take seriously their obligation to educate those with more limited financial resources.
I am excited that a college of Smith’s quality has decided to go test optional.
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