Converse and Pace Go Test Optional

They will no longer require applicants to submit tests for admissions.

November 11, 2019

Converse College and Pace University are now test optional for admissions.

A statement from Jamie A. Grant, vice president for enrollment management at Converse, in South Carolina, said, “Converse’s test-optional admissions process will broaden access for those high-achieving students who have been underrepresented at colleges and universities. Based on recent data, standardized tests do not accurately represent a student’s potential for success. At Converse, we take a personalized and holistic approach to our students’ education and it only makes sense that we apply that approach to our admissions process as well.”

Pace, in New York, issued this statement on its decision: "Pace University recognizes the value in reviewing an application holistically and many factors are taken into consideration. Most important is academic achievement (including class rank, if provided), followed by the personal essay and letters of recommendation."

Pace will continue to require the SAT or ACT of athletes, applicants for some scholarships, applicants to the combined accounting B.B.A./M.B.A. or four-year B.S. in nursing program, students who were homeschooled and students from outside the United States.


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