Stevens to extend test-optional policy for incoming class of 2022 (current H.S. juniors)

Stevens Institute of Technology announced it is extending its SAT/ACT test-optional policy for first-year applicants hoping to enter the school in the fall of 2022 — which would be current high school juniors.

This year’s high school senior class, many of which are awaiting word on where they will go in the fall of 2021, had the same test-optional policy.

The school announced that transfer applicants for fall 2021, spring 2022 and fall 2022 also will have the policy.

“This decision is part of an effort to continue to support access to Stevens and alleviate some of the stress potential students are facing right now as they apply for college amid a pandemic,” a Stevens spokesperson said.

Stevens is one of the more competitive schools in New Jersey.

This year’s freshman class, which was able to take the standardized tests before the pandemic struck, had a middle-50% SAT range of 1,320-1,480 (meaning 25% of the class scored above 1,480 and 25% scored below 1,320). They also had an average GPA of 3.86.

The school had an acceptance rate of 53%, but admitted only 985 students.

Stevens ranked No. 80 in the country in the latest U.S. News & World Report college rankings, placing it behind only Princeton University (No. 1) and Rutgers University-New Brunswick (No. 63) in New Jersey.