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Lincoln University changes admission requirements; standardized testing now optional

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Lincoln University says potential students can now submit their applications without ACT or SAT scores.

Those changes will go into effect immediately.

Now Missouri residents with a high school diploma or GED will be eligible for enrollment. Non-Missouri residents are admitted based on their successful completion of high school with a 2.0 or greater grade point average. Some programs may also require an ACT/SAT score as part of the admissions criteria.

Lincoln University administrators say the change will open up access to education and remove an obstacle that often hinders potential students.

“Since our founding in 1866, Lincoln University has helped students rise above barriers to quality education. This change to our admissions policy removes an obstacle that often hinders prospective students,” said Lincoln University President Dr. John Moseley in a release. “Making standard test scores optional is another step forward in our commitment to opening doors for students, to promoting equity, diversity and accessibility.”

Standardized testing has recently been criticized for causing racial disparities and bias and many colleges moved away from requiring testing during the pandemic.

“Test scores often fail to reflect what a student can achieve,” said Moseley in a release. “We look at GPA, high school performance, and their commitment to excellence. At Lincoln, we provide students with support needed to succeed, and that support starts with their college acceptance.”

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