Clarkson University is joining several other colleges and universities across the nation that are adopting a policy that allows students or their school counselors to self-report their SAT or ACT test scores. It’s a move designed to save money and time for prospective students.
Prior to this decision, students had to request their scores be sent to each school they applied to, for a fee from the testing agency. That fee was in addition to the cost of taking each standardized test.
This move is effective immediately, so students applying to Clarkson can submit their test scores directly. Once enrolled at Clarkson, students will then be asked to submit official scores from the ACT or SAT. This can be done through screenshots or PDF files that are emailed to the admissions office at email@example.com, they can be listed on the application, or available on the high school transcript.
“We’re trying to keep the cost of applying for college as low as we can. These fees, though they may seem small, can really add up over time as students apply to more schools,” said Brian Grant, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Advancement at Clarkson. “Allowing students to self-report their scores can reduce the financial burden, and won’t limit them on their number of applications.”
The number of schools that have adopted the same policy has grown in recent months, with over 90 schools listed by the Princeton Review.
Students from outside the United States are required to submit official standardized testing as part of the admissions process. Their TOEFL or IELTS scores must be official.