Brown University the last Ivy League school to drop SAT/ACT essay

Brown University followed other prestigious schools, such as Stanford and Princeton in dropping the SAT and ACT essay requirement for applicants, becoming the last Ivy League college to do so.

Last week’s decision to drop the essay requirement is one of “a growing array of efforts at Brown to reduce barriers that students from low-income families may encounter when applying,” said Logan Powell, the dean of admission at Brown, in a statement.

“Our goal is that for any talented student interested in Brown, the application process is not a deterrent—and we don’t want this test to be a barrier to their application,” Powell added.

Undergraduate applicants, however, can still submit their SAT Essay or ACT Writing scores if they so choose. Brown University also recommends that applicants submit a graded paper from a humanities or social sciences course as part of their application.

To read the full statement, visit here.

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