CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Chicago is becoming the first major U.S. research university to stop requiring American undergraduate applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores.
Today we announced the #UChicago Empower Initiative, a new, test-optional admissions process to enhance the accessibility of the @UChicagoCollege for first-generation and low-income students.— UChicago (@UChicago) June 14, 2018
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The decision that school officials say is designed to help even the playing field for students from low-income or underrepresented communities has been made by some liberal arts colleges but the school is the first major research university to do so.
The university also said Thursday that it will provide full-tuition aid for students whose families earn less than $125,000 and offer new scholarships to military veterans and children of veterans, police officers and firefighters. The school will also let applicants submit a video introduction instead of requiring that they sit for an interview
Rollout of the initiative will begin with the class of 2023.