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Drake University Announces Test-Flexible Admission

Drake University is pleased to announce it has implemented a test-flexible admission policy that allows eligible prospective students to choose whether to submit standardized test scores as part of their application.

Starting with applicants for the fall 2016 semester, students with a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and meet certain other criteria may substitute the ACT or SAT score requirement for an interview that addresses the student’s experiences inside and outside of the classroom.

The new approach will empower students to present those strengths, skills, and attributes that best represent them as a candidate for the University, which is ranked third in the Midwest for overall quality by U.S. News and World Report.

“The goal of our admission process has always been to take a holistic look at applicants and admit high-achieving students who are the right fit for Drake,” said Tom Delahunt, vice president for admission and student financial planning. "The test-flexible option ensures that applicants are able to showcase strengths and attributes that test scores cannot reflect."

Drake is among the Midwest’s first private master’s universities to adopt the pathway, which is sometimes known as test-optional. More than 850 colleges and universities have adopted a similar admission model, including nationally ranked institutions like Wake Forest University, New York University, Bowdoin College, Middlebury College, Providence College, and Kansas State University.

Students who choose to submit their standardized test scores will be considered on equal footing with those who do not. Students who do not submit test scores will participate in an interview with an admission counselor on Drake’s campus, via a live video tool such as Skype or FaceTime, or in the area where they live.

Whether through the standard or test-flexible pathway, the application review will take a student’s complete record into account, including the academic rigor of their high school curriculum, grades earned, quality of the admission essay, extracurricular activities, and leadership experience.

Students who plan to apply to Drake’s programs in Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Athletic training are not eligible to apply via the test-flexible pathway.    Additionally, students who apply for the National Alumni Scholarship as well as home-schooled students must select the standard pathway.

Visit www.drake.edu/testflexible for more information about Drake’s test-flexible admission pathway. Additional information about Drake’s academic programs, and the process of applying to Drake, is available at www.drake.edu/admission.

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