Lake Erie College to adopt test-optional admissions policy


Beginning with the recruitment of the class of 2020, prospective students of Lake Erie College will no longer be required to submit standardized test scores as part of the admissions process. Instead, the College is becoming one of the many institutions nationwide to adopt a test-optional policy, removing ACT or SAT scores from its application requirements. This decision reflects a recognition that standardized testing can present an unnecessary impediment to prospective students.

The implementation of the test-optional policy comes after extensive review of sound research and industry observations suggesting that the best indicator of college success is a student’s grade point average and academic record in high school. In alignment with the findings from a newly released study by the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, the Office of Admissions at Lake Erie College has noted that students with high GPAs in high school are more likely to do well at LEC, regardless of their performance on a standardized test.

"We have seen time and time again that the best predictor for success at LEC is how our applicants perform in the classroom,” said Stephen Lazowski, vice president for enrollment and dean of admission and financial aid. "Our holistic applicant review philosophy reinforces that students are more than just a test score; their GPAs, characters, extracurricular activities and abilities to write and communicate effectively are key components to their academic profiles.”

The admissions team anticipates an increase in applications that will allow for greater selectivity as well as increased diversity and inclusion among the student body. The test-optional policy also complements LEC’s commitment to the mission of a liberal arts education.

"The adoption of a test-optional policy emblemizes the hallmark of the Lake Erie College academic experience,” said Dr. Bryan DePoy, vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer. "Our faculty dedicate themselves to educating in an individualized way that uniquely prepares our learners for the demands of the modern world. Extending this philosophy to the very means by which we admit our students is a logical step.”

There are exceptions to the new test-optional policy. As per NCAA requirements, standardized test scores will remain mandatory for prospective student-athletes of the College. Some specific programs may require the submission of a test score and, depending on the nature of the academic discipline, international students may be required to submit test scores as well.

A list of the more than 850 institutions of higher education in the United States that already employ test-optional policies can be found at For more information on the test-optional policy at Lake Erie College, contact Dr. Bryan DePoy at or Stephen Lazowski at

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