Ball State Beginning 'Test-Optional' Admissions

Posted: Updated:
Ball State says the move comes on the heels of the welcoming the second-largest freshman class in its history last year. Ball State says the move comes on the heels of the welcoming the second-largest freshman class in its history last year.
MUNCIE -

Ball State University is making submitting SAT or ACT scores optional for prospective students, beginning with next year's fall class. The school says the change is aimed at attracting more students and increasing diversity and graduation rates.

The university began looking at changing its admissions process in the spring of 2017. Ball State says the goal is to bring in more students likely to be successful in school and in life. President Geoffrey Mearns says says high school grade point averages are the strongest predictor for student success, and believes the change will "create opportunities for even more high-achieving students to take advantage of our distinctive academic programs, our unique immersive learning experiences and our supportive campus community."

Ball State says the move comes on the heels of the welcoming the second-largest freshman class in its history last year. The school says it was also the most academically qualified and diverse freshman class in its history. Ball State says it is the largest four-year public university in Indiana to become test-optional.

“If students feel their SAT or ACT test scores don’t represent their academic abilities and decide not to submit them, we’ll holistically consider their academic work and difficulty, extracurricular participation, and any applicant statements or recommendations,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services Kay Bales in a news release. “Our goal at Ball State is to lead students to have successful careers and meaningful lives. This starts by making college education a possibility for more qualified students.”

  • Perspectives

    • #MeToo, Bullying And What We All Can Do Now

      Indeed, it is an interesting time with so much continuing to come out in Hollywood, the media, other industries, and even our state government related to the sexual harassment of women - women who have remained silent for years. Like those women, I too have been harassed in various ways over the course of my career, even in recent years - and yes, even in top leadership roles. The headline about my departure or the email citing that I was moving on never fully told the real story.

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • U.S. Steel 'Renaissance' Spurs $750M Gary Works Investment

      Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X) has announced a $750 million investment in its Gary Works operations. The company says the funds are part of a $2 billion asset revitalization effort that will take place over the next five years. Last year, U.S. Steel detailed plans that involved pumping $35 million into Gary Works, which followed the $23 million first phase of its Hot Strip Mill Restoration Plan. The latest investment, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. says...

    • Salesforce Begins Pathfinder, Reorganization Efforts

      Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) is underway with the first cohort of its Pathfinder Training Program that is part of the tech giant's ongoing Indianapolis growth. The company is partnering with Deloitte to provide business and technical training to Ivy Tech Community College students and Hoosier veterans looking to become Salesforce administrators and developers. The program comes as the company realigns its Marketing Cloud organization. In a statement, Salesforce says it...

    • Hoosier Schools Among 'Best Colleges in America'

      Nearly two dozen Hoosier institutions are included in MONEY magazine's rankings of the Best Colleges in America. More than 700 schools are on the list, which was determined by a number of factors in three categories, including quality of education, affordability, and outcomes.

    • Geovani Bonilla

      IU Health Plans Names VP

      Geovani Bonilla has joined Indiana University Health Plans as vice president of medical operations. He previously served as director of utilization management for Johns Hopkins Healthcare.

    • Fort Wayne Radio Icon Butcher Passes Away

      A fixture in the Fort Wayne radio scene has passed away. Charly Butcher spent more than 30 years in Fort Wayne radio with a successful morning show on WMEE-FM and, most recently, as host of "Fort Wayne's Morning News" on WOWO radio. Butcher was 61. Butcher was part of WMEE's popular "Those Two Guys In The Morning" show with Tony Richards in the 1980s. He joined WOWO in the mid-2000s as host of "Fort Wayne's Morning News With Charly Butcher."