Colleges Adjust Application Process to Limit Students’ Stress


Ainsley Helling

Senior Megan Foster researches the application requirements for a local university.

Ainsley Helling, Staff Writer and Editor

Xavier University recently announced that the private college will no longer be requiring ACT or SAT scores for the application process. According to, there are over 1000 other universities that have taken the same step. 

The change comes from some universities taking into consideration the extracurricular activities, school work, and after-school jobs that weigh students down. In addition to this, students are expected to spend time preparing for the ACT and SAT. 

A spokesman from Xavier claims omitting the ACT and SAT from the requirements of the college application process will reduce the stress put on students. The goal is to alleviate this extra source of anxiety according to

ACT spokesman Ed Colby pointed out in an article on how universal the test is and the ability it grants to easily compare students. 

However, many question the rationality of these standardized tests. Senior Juliana Curtis states, “I think the ACT just measures your ability to master the ACT. Colleges should be looking at other things such as the difficulty of classes taken, what clubs you’re in, what sports you play if any at all, AP scores, and that sort of thing.”

Without these standardized tests, universities must develop a new way of gauging student acceptance. 

Aaron Meis, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success at Xavier, said on, “We’re going to focus more on quality of work done in the classroom.”

Senior Ally Moore thinks this change may lengthen the decision-making process as the ACT and SAT have been used as key determining factors in refining incoming students.  

Removing this stress-filled assessment is a positive change in the eyes of many students. Curtis states, “…it’s definitely a step in the right direction.” 

If you are planning to attend college in the near future, check the requirements of your university of choice before investing time into the ACT and SAT.