September 19, 2012
Lees-McRae Admissions goes test-optional this spring

Beginning with the entering class of Spring 2013, Lees-McRae College will eliminate the requirement for standardized test scores in the admissions process. As a test-optional institution, Lees-McRae College will approach admissions holistically, taking into consideration many factors when reviewing applicants.

Students are required to submit official transcripts and engage with admissions specialists throughout the admissions process. ACT/SAT scores are not required for students who feel that these exams do not adequately represent their academic abilities. With the exception of prospective intercollegiate athletes and Honors Program candidates, students are otherwise not required to submit test scores as part of the admissions process. Personal interviews are recommended and can be scheduled in person, by phone or Skype.

Over 800 U.S. colleges have eliminated the requirement to submit test scores (ACT/SAT), at least for some students. Most schools in this network believe that standardized tests are not the most important factor in predicting long term success. Schools do this in a variety of ways. In North Carolina, both Wake Forest and Guilford College have recently adapted this policy. You can learn more by visiting or

"At Lees-McRae College, we believe that all students have the potential to succeed," commented Ginger Hansen, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Communications. "Our decision to go test optional is largely based on our institutional philosophy of giving all students, regardless of a singular standardized test score, an opportunity to elevate their futures."

Lees-McRae College operates on rolling admissions. Students are encouraged to apply online at and submit their transcripts to begin the admissions process. Students can be notified of their admissions decision and academic scholarship awards in as little as two weeks.

Approximately 95 percent of students receive some form of financial assistance. Lees-McRae College awards $10 million of institutional scholarships each year. To learn more, visit

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