Saturday, May 17, 2014

Non Traditional Colleges Are Allowing Non Traditional Entrances

Non Traditional Colleges Are Allowing Non Traditional Entrances

According to various reliable sources including: U.S. News and World Report, The College Board, admission office websites and others, colleges and universities have been altering their admission policies in order to allow Non-Traditional students a more attainable approach to their college education leading to a degree. This is due to many factors:
  1. Having a learning disability
  2. A pronounced learning style that leads to lower than expected scores on multiple -choice bubble tests
  3. Problems arising from a student speaking English as their Second Language
  4. Being educated abroad or in a school that de-emphasizes standardized testing.
The SAT is a test that is designed so that only the highest performing segment of students will do well. Most students’ scores are fairly consistent with their academic preparation. Sometimes they are not.

So what is happening is that colleges, including those in the Ivy League, are relying on the holistic assessment of the entrant.

They are looking basically at factors such as his/her academic achievements in their courses as well as contributions in society like service learning, community involvement, social involvement (clubs, organizations, societies) and, most importantly, who the person really is (what books he/she reads, what does the person have in his or her mind and heart.

There are currently eight hundred schools around the nation that do not require the SAT or any other standardized test for admission purposes. They range from community colleges to some of the top Ivy League institutions. A handful of these are Arizona State University; Berkley College, NYC; Briarcliffe College, NYC; Byrn Mawr College, PA; Cambridge College, Mass; DePaul University, Chicago; Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC; Gallaudet College (Top School For The Visually Challenged), Washington D.C.; John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NYC; Texas A & M, Texas; and Metropolitan College , NYC.

Every year new colleges are becoming more holistic by making standardized entrance tests optional. As well as undergraduate schools, there are graduate schools that are getting on the bandwagon. For the same reasons that the undergraduate schools making entrance tests optional, the graduate schools are making GRE (Graduate Record Exam) and other graduate entrance exams optional.

There are currently over one hundred such institutes of higher learning, for example St. Joseph’s University, Loyola University, University of Maryland, California State University, University of New Mexico, East Stroudsburg University, Bridgeport University, and Iowa State University.

This relaxing of admission requirements has opened up more legroom for the non traditional student. By the year 2015, there will be over two thousand entrance test optional colleges and universities if this trend continues.