Indiana Tech had planned to move to a test-optional admissions process for its traditional undergraduate applicants in fall 2021, but it has moved up plans because of COVID-19.
The move is effective immediately for all students applying for admission to Indiana Tech for the fall of 2020 and beyond. Students will no longer be required to submit SAT or ACT test scores as part of their applications to the university.
The university decided to accelerate the process to accommodate the many students for whom the SAT and ACT testing process is being disrupted this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a news release. Because of the pandemic, ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13.
The admissions process already features:
• No application fees at any time
• Rolling admissions up to the start of the fall semester – no spring application deadlines
• One tuition rate — no higher tuition or fees for out-of-state students
“When reviewing our data about our applicants and our students, we found the strongest predictor of college success is the student’s GPA and overall performance in high school,” said Steve Herendeen, Indiana Tech vice president for enrollment management, in the news release. “Like other schools around the country, we found test scores had a lower correlation to how a student would perform once they got to Indiana Tech. Moving to a test-optional admissions process makes sense for us and our applicants. Accelerating the schedule for the move is simply the right thing to do for students having challenges with testing this spring.”
With many cities and states around the country operating under stay-at-home orders, Indiana Tech has postponed its May commencement to October because of COVID-19. It has continued to stay in contact with prospective students through a variety of virtual opportunities. Admissions counselors have been meeting with students and parents by videoconference, and interested students can take a virtual tour of campus on the university’s website. Indiana Tech is also changing its on-campus admitted students event, Select IT, into a virtual event April 27.
Prospective students will be able to engage in live chats with Indiana Tech professors, see videos featuring lab facilities, classrooms and other campus resources, and meet live through video and phone with Indiana Tech financial aid and admissions team members.
Robert Confer, Indiana Tech director of traditional undergraduate admissions, noted, “We continue to see a high level of engagement and interest in Indiana Tech from prospective students. Moving to a test-optional approach helps us continue to lead the way in making our application process accessible to everyone. We’re looking forward to welcoming the next generation of Warriors to campus this fall.”