UC will evaluate the test-optional policy, and based on that assessment determine next steps, says Tammy Byland, assistant vice provost of admissions.
“Right now we are implementing this change for a two-year period in response to the COVID impact, but we want to collect data along the way that helps us understand the influence on not only enrollment, but also student success,” says Byland. “We have always taken a holistic approach to evaluating students for admission. Standardized test scores have historically only made up a small part of our decision process.
“In the absence of a test score, we will continue to look at all factors on applications holistically including the completion of a core curriculum, grades earned, a student’s decision to take rigorous coursework such as AP, honors, application essays, extracurricular activities, and other achievements.”
These changes are evidence of the university's commitment to student success and academic excellence, both of which are at the bedrock of UC's Next Lives Here strategic direction.