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University of Richmond to temporarily drop SAT requirement

Posted at 12:40 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 12:51:50-04

RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond is temporarily dropping the SAT as a requirement for first year students due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The temporary change makes testing optional for students applying for fall 2021.

The university says the change is in response to the cancellation of 2020 SAT and ACT test offerings and the probability that future testing also may be impacted by COVID-19.

“We recognize the unique circumstances impacting current high school students, particularly high school juniors who would normally spend the spring and summer engaged in the college search process,” said Stephanie Dupaul, vice president for enrollment management.

“By making this temporary change in admission practice we are better able to support students who will be applying to the University of Richmond, and who may not be able to complete testing in time for our early application dates.”

Officials say students who wish to complete testing may still do so and can submit standardized test results or other materials to support their applications for admission.