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Youngstown State implements ‘test optional’ admissions policy

The new policy was put in place by YSU to ease the burden on incoming students during the coronavirus pandemic because ACT and SAT testing has been canceled.
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YOUNGSTOWN — Because of the coronavirus cancellation of national ACT and SAT test sessions, Youngstown State University is implementing a “test optional” decision process for admission to the university.  

Admission to the university may not mean direct admission into an academic program, according to a news release.

Incoming students who usually need to submit ACT or SAT standardized test scores to be evaluated for admission to YSU are not required to do so starting in the fall semester. The change, approved by the YSU Academic Senate earlier this month, will remain in place through spring semester 2021.

The new policy was put in place by YSU to ease the burden on incoming students during the coronavirus pandemic because ACT and SAT testing has been canceled, leaving students unable to take the exams. Several universities across the nation have taken similar action.

“The coronavirus has significantly disrupted the college enrollment processes for our prospective students and for high school graduates throughout the region,” said Elaine Ruse, executive director of Student Enrollment Services. “This change will ease the stress many students are feeling and simplify the admissions process for them.”

For more information, visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions’ website.



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