Ripon College faculty unanimously endorsed a recommendation by the Academic Standards Committee to adopt a test-optional admission process beginning in fall 2016. Prospective students who apply in fall 2016 or later will have the option to submit ACT or SAT test scores as part of Ripon’s admission process, but they will not be required to do so.
Students are encouraged to present application materials that most accurately reflect their diverse academic talents and potential, including: high school transcripts, recommendation letters, writing sample, leadership positions, work history, involvement in school and community activities, and commitment to Ripon’s core values.
Students may choose to submit either their ACT or SAT scores if they feel those results best represent their academic potential. The admission committee makes no assumptions between students who choose to submit scores and those who do not. All students will be given equal consideration in the admission process.
“Ripon College is proud of our long tradition of delivering a transformational private educational experience that is accessible for most families,” said Zach Messitte, president of Ripon College. “As we work to provide greater opportunities for more students, we must make every effort to reduce the barriers to achieving the college dream. Joining our peer and aspirant schools who have reshaped college admission by adopting test-optional admission processes will help to reduce excessive achievement pressure and promote a level playing field for all applicants.”