Bluffton University changes admissions requirements; now a ‘Test Flexible’ college

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BLUFFTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many problems throughout education. One of them is the suspension in some areas of the country of the ACT and SAT tests. Scores on those tests, traditionally, have been key for decisions made by colleges and universities relating to admissions and aid.

Bluffton University has rolled out a new policy where students who are consistently on their high school honor roll can be admitted to the institution based solely on their grade point average.

“In a time when there are many complexities around access to standardized tests, Bluffton University is committed to better support students who want to be successful in college,” stated Robin Bowlus, vice president of enrollment management. “We want to recognize the achievements of students who are consistently on their high school honor rolls regardless of their standardized test score. We know these students are well prepared for college work, and we welcome them at Bluffton University.”

The average Bluffton University student typically has test scores of 22 on the ACT or 1030 on the SAT as well as a grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, according to its website.

To be considered for regular admission to undergraduate programs, applicants must meet one of these two criteria:

• High school GPA of 3.0 or higher.

• High school GPA between 2.3 and 2.99 as well as a minimum of 19 ACT/990 SAT. In addition, class rank or College Credit Plus classes may be considered for a decision of regular admittance.

Students who do not meet these regular entrance requirements may be invited to apply into Bluffton’s Discovery Program.

Standardized tests will be required for placement in certain majors, for class placements and for competitive academic scholarships.

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