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South Coast University Joins National Push To Drop Test Scores From Undergraduate Admission

A South Coast university is the latest college to make tests optional for undergraduate admission.  Starting in 2021, California Lutheran University will no longer require applicants to submit standardized SAT or ACT test scores.

Tests have been part of the admission standard at colleges in America for decades.  But, there’s been a recent push to step away from the tests, and use things like high school grade point averages. 

Research shows that it may be a better bar for low income students and minorities, who don’t perform as well on standardized tests.

A number of major universities have announced they will no longer require the tests for admission.  The University of California system, including UCSB is trying it on a trial basis. 

Cal Lutheran is the parent of KCLU Radio.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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