Monmouth College adopts test-optional admission policy to increase access to higher education

Monmouth Il- Beginning in 2020 Monmouth College will be adopting a test-optional admissions policy. This test-optional policy is designed to help those applicants who have been underserved by higher education.
A test-optional admission policy will help Monmouth continue to serve students from underrepresented groups. In the 2020 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, the College was ranked No. 7 in the nation among national liberal arts college in terms of social mobility, which evaluates the graduation rates of a school’s students who receive a federal Pell grant compared to those students who did not receive one. Pell grants are awarded to students from families with greater financial need.
Monmouth President Clarence R. Wyatt states “Over the last several years, many studies, including those conducted by the organizations administering the ACT and SAT, have shown that performance in a rigorous high school program is a significantly stronger indicator of success in college than a standardized test score. This has been confirmed by analysis of our own data.”
This new policy will be put into effect in the fall of 2020.