College adopts test-optional admission policy

Beginning July 1, high-school students will have the option to apply to Hanover College without submitting SAT or ACT scores. The policy will affect students entering for the 2018-19 academic year.

Aerial photo of Hanover's campus quad

This alternative to the traditional admission pathway will expand access and ensure a more-diverse and sizeable applicant pool. The test-optional model has proven to open doors for high-achieving students, but particularly students of color, first-generation college students or those from low-income households. Meanwhile, the risk to retention and graduation rates has proven to be minimal.

The College will continue to utilize a holistic review of all application materials, including an applicant’s grades and coursework, as well as involvement in school and community activities. The increased focus on these metrics will better identify those who are capable of handling the rigors of a Hanover education.

The decision to adopt a test-optional policy was made after four years of campus discussion and is based on a recommendation from the Enrollment Management Task Force as part of the development of Hanover's 2020 Clear Vision strategic plan.

The College now joins more than 900 institutions in the U.S. that have begun to assess their own data in admission decisions.

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