Students applying to the University of Wisconsin-Superior this fall will find a streamlined process and no obligation to submit an ACT or SAT test score.
The change came as the result of action taken Thursday by the UW System Board of Regents to temporarily suspend the system-wide policy requiring ACT or SAT scores for admission to UW System universities, including UW-Superior. Suspension of the policy will be in place for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. The only exception is the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which will continue to require the test score.
In light of these changes, the UW campuses will apply a holistic review process.
“Due to the pandemic, both ACT and College Board cancelled many of the scheduled exams that students needed to be considered for admission,” said Jeremy Nere, UW-Superior executive director of admissions. “The move to eliminate this barrier will positively impact the students we serve by removing a requirement that may have caused undue stress and anxiety at an already challenging time.”
In addition to eliminating the test requirement, UW-Superior has made several additional changes to make the application process easier for prospective students. This includes reducing the application fee by 50 percent to $25 and introducing a virtual visit process in which students can tour campus and meet with admissions counselors, instructors, financial aid professionals and others from the comfort and safety of their own home.
In August, the university will launch a redesigned, shortened online application that will be mobile friendly, making the application more accessible and easier to complete.
“We’re finding that many students are choosing to stay closer to home and looking for affordable quality options to earn their degree,” said Nere. “UW-Superior checks both of those boxes for many students in our region, and now they’ll have an easier process in taking the first step of applying.”