Old Dominion Changing Admission Policy

Some students seeking admission to Old Dominion University won’t have to take a standardized admission test.

That’s because the university says it plans to launch a test-optional policy in the fall as a pilot project.

Students who have a high school GPA of 3.3 or higher won’t be required to take the SAT or ACT. Old Dominion officials say the goal is to widen the university’s applicant pool. They say students from higher income families are more likely to take test preparatory classes, and to take the tests multiple times, increasing their chances of getting a higher score.

They say high school GPAs are a stronger predictor of success in college than standardized test scores.