DePaul's 'test optional' admissions yield positive results, officials say

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DePaul University took a calculated gamble in early 2011 when it became the largest private school in the country to drop the standardized tests requirement for admission.

The first-year results are in for the class enrolled under that policy, and DePaul's administration said there is little difference in academic success between those who submitted standardized test results when applying and those who didn't.

Of the 2,593 freshmen in the school's fall 2012 class, about 5 percent were admitted without standardized test scores, and nearly all statistics from their first school year match those of test takers, officials said.

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