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Thomas College No Longer Requiring SAT or ACT

Thomas College will no longer require standardized test scores for admissions. The College will adopt an SAT/ACT test-optional policy for all undergraduate applicants beginning with students entering in Spring, 2015. Instead, Thomas College will continue to concentrate on a student's high school record and activities as the primary factors in offering admission.

Thomas College joins a growing movement among universities and colleges nationwide by no longer basing its admissions decisions on standardized test scores. “Our faculty recognize that admissions criteria need not rely on singular examinations,” commented Academic Dean Dr. Jim Libby. The College will continue to accept scores from applicants that choose to submit their test results, but the College feels that standardized test scores are not as accurate as an applicant's high school career in predicting success in college for most students.

Vice President of Enrollment Management Jonathan Kent emphasized that a "test-optional" admissions process does not mean the College is lowering admissions standards. The College considers each applicant's extracurricular involvement and recommendations. "Thomas College is a special institution that offers a variety of very strong programs taught by some of the best in their industry. Test scores do not always reflect the kind of student applicants are, or can be. We are looking for a passionate group of students who have shown they want to learn and be successful," says Kent.

The College believes this policy change will allow a larger and more diverse applicant pool, while focusing less on standardized test scores. “Thomas has the programming and support system for any student who has the desire to be successful. Test scores do not always reflect how well a student can do in this supportive environment,” says Kent.

Details about the standardized test option will be posted on the Admissions section of the Thomas College website. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to apply at 207.859.1111 or visit for more information.

About Thomas College: Founded in 1894, Thomas College is at the forefront of affordability, access to college education, and providing students with a good return on investment. The private, career-oriented college is committed to preparing its undergraduates for careers in all forms of business, technology, criminal justice, psychology, and education. On average, 94 percent of Thomas graduates are employed within 90 days of graduation. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and awards a Master of Business Administration (with concentrations in Accounting, Health Care Management, Human Resources, and Project Management); a Master of Science in Education, Educational Leadership, and Literacy Education; a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Arts; an Associate in Science, and an Associate in Arts. For more information, visit

For additional information, contact Jennifer Buker at or 207.859.1319.



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