A Better Score

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Staten Island’s Wagner College will no longer require applicants to submit SAT scores for admission to the college. The college explained its decision, which will apply beginning in the fall of 2010:

We believe that the best predictor of a student’s potential to succeed at Wagner is the student’s high school transcript. Our process is very personal. I want our counselors to get to know the applicants. Doing that gives us a great deal of confidence in the admissions decisions we make.

Wagner will still accept standardized test scores if students want to submit them. Some 800 American colleges no longer require students to submit such scores.

Perhaps the move is because Wagner’s “process is very personal.” It also might have something to do with the fact that Wagner’s average total SAT score is 1701.

If only students who want to submit their SAT scores do so, Wager’s average SAT will almost certainly improve. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer