The University of Virginia’s College at Wise will make it optional for freshmen to submit SAT and ACT standardized tests for the fall 2021 admissions cycle due to scheduling difficulties the COVID -19 pandemic caused high school students this spring
 
This move will allow applicants the option of submitting SAT and ACT scores, but no longer require them for their applications to be considered for admission at UVA Wise.

“With all of the uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, it makes sense for us to remove this barrier for our incoming students, said Chris Dearth vice chancellor for enrollment management. “We have seen the average grade point average of our incoming class steadily rise these past few years which is in direct correlation with our improving retention rates.”

Dearth said many students in Southwest Virginia and other parts of the state have not had the opportunity to sit for the exams and may not have had access to test prep services.

“We understand the difficulties all students and families are currently facing and we look forward to working with them to make their college dreams a reality,” Dearth said.

UVA Wise made the decision in response to issues high school students are facing in scheduling the standardized tests, which were canceled in the spring and are not planned to resume until August.
 
UVA Wise joins other institutions across the country in amending admission policies regarding standardized tests in response to COVID-19.