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Spelman College Extends Its Test Optional Policy For Class of 2026 Applicants Share a Spelman College Press Release


Jazmyn Burton
Spelman College

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ATLANTA (May 19, 2021) -- Spelman College will extend its test optional policy for prospective students applying for the class of 2026.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect access to standardized testing, we hope this extension provides a small sigh of relief for our applicants,” said Chelsea N. Holley, interim director of admissions. “Spelman is committed to supporting our prospective students through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.”

This year, Spelman received more than 11,000 applications. Many of those applicants chose not to submit test scores. Seventy percent of applicants opted out of having their test scores reviewed, while 64 percent of merit scholarship recipients chose not to have their test scores reviewed. The average SAT score of applicants who opted to include their test scores in the admissions review process was 1203.

Spelman’s test optional policy applies to all new first-time application cycles, including early decision, early action, and regular decision. Students who choose to apply to Spelman without test scores will not be disadvantaged in the admissions review process.  In addition, students are not required to disclose why they have chosen to apply without test scores.

“Extending our test optional policy is one small step in supporting rising seniors as they navigate a disrupted college search process,” said Holley. “Spelman will continue assessing its holistic review process in the absence of test scores and reflect on the best path forward for future application years.”

The full test optional policy and other considerations in response to COVID-19 are available on Spelman’s website.

Students are encouraged to contact their regional admissions counselor with questions about how the test optional policy will affect their admissions process.

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Spelman is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 54 among all liberal arts colleges, No. 19 for undergraduate teaching, No. 4 for social mobility among liberal arts colleges, and No. 1 for the 14th year among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Recent initiatives include a designation by the Department of Defense as a Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, a Gender and Sexuality Studies Institute, the first endowed queer studies chair at an HBCU, and a program to increase the number of Black women Ph.D.s in economics. New majors have been added, including documentary filmmaking and photography, and partnerships have been established with MIT’s Media Lab, the Broad Institute and the Army Research Lab for artificial intelligence and machine learning. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Rosalind Brewer, political leader Stacey Abrams, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna president Audrey Forbes Manley, actress and producer Latanya Richardson Jackson, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones. For more information, visit Spelman College.


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