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Moravian College Announces Decision to Make Standardized Test Scores Optional for Admission

Bethlehem, PA, December 6, 2019: Today, Moravian College announced they will make the submission of SAT and ACT standardized test scores optional for students applying for undergraduate admission. Exceptions to the new policy include nursing and international students, who will still be required to submit test scores as part of their application for admission. The new policy will begin immediately and apply to students seeking admission to the Class of 2024.

“We believe the move to make standardized test scores an optional requirement for admission is consistent with how we evaluate incoming students,” commented Scott Dams, dean of enrollment at Moravian College. “Our admissions counselors have always taken a holistic view of each students’ record and we’re confident we can accurately identify the students who will do well at Moravian without relying on standardized test scores, which are not always the best indicator of future academic success.

Moravian College joins more than 1,000 accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States that are now test-optional, according to the National Center for Fair and Open Testing.

“Providing access to education is a principle that has long been part of Moravian College’s history, and we are proud to continue that tradition,” said Bryon Grigsby, president of Moravian College. “Reducing a student’s chance for admission, if even partially connected to their ability to afford test prep courses, does not align with our ongoing commitment to access.”

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About Moravian College
Moravian College is the nation's sixth-oldest college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania offering undergraduate and graduate degrees that blend liberal arts with professional programs. For more than 275 years, the Moravian College degree has been preparing students for reflective lives, fulfilling careers, and transformative leadership in a world of change. Moravian College is a member of The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U), a national consortium of selective, small to mid-size independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. Visit to learn more about how the Moravian College focus on education for all prepares its students for life-long success.