In response to the current pandemic, Utah State University is following suit with many higher education institutions across the nation and making standardized admissions tests optional for the upcoming 2021 admissions cycle. This decision will apply to admission for the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 semesters.
Admissions evaluations will be based solely on grade point average and all prospective students may still choose to submit their scores. ACT or SAT test scores are still required for consideration of academic merit scholarships and select majors and programs
A press release from USU states that over the next year, retention and recruitment data will be analyzed and then considered by a committee of faculty and administration to potentially determine a more long-term decision in regards to standardized tests.
Other higher education institutes in Utah have made similar decisions including Weber State University and the University of Utah. Some schools in the state, including Salt Lake Community College and Snow College were already test-optional institutions before the pandemic.