Columbia University has become the first Ivy League institution to go test optional in admissions permanently for Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.
A statement released this week said, “Our review is purposeful and nuanced—respecting varied backgrounds, voices and experiences—in order to best determine an applicant’s suitability for admission and ability to thrive in our curriculum and our community, and to advance access to our educational opportunities. We have designed our application to afford the greatest possible opportunity and flexibility for students to represent themselves fully and showcase their academic talents, interests and goals. Standardized testing is not a required component of our application.”
The other Ivies are all currently test optional for various years.