Purdue University announced Tuesday it will resume the requirement for SAT and/or ACT test scores with admissions applications. The university had previously made including the test scores with applications optional due to the pandemic.
The requirement will be in effect for students applying for the fall 2024 semester. Purdue says the announcement was made now to allow current high school juniors to register for and schedule their exams in order for the results to be submitted with their applications.
“The evidence is clear that test scores provide essential information in a comprehensive admissions evaluation that enables us to ensure the optimal chance of success for each admitted student,” Kris Wong Davis, vice provost for enrollment management at Purdue, said in written remarks.
While the test scores had been optional since 2020 because the pandemic may have prevented students from accessing a testing site, Purdue says nearly three-fourths of applicants provided their results anyway.
Applications for fall 2024 will be accepted beginning Aug. 1, 2023.
In September, Purdue announced enrollment had reached a record high of 50,884 students for the fall 2022 semester. The university says more than 82% of those students submitted an SAT or ACT score.