Southeast Missouri State University announced it’s expanding their test optional admission and scholarship programs.
SEMO began a test optional admissions program in the fall of 2018 where students applying did not have to take the ACT or SAT.
They created a similar program for scholarships the next year.
The university announced an extension of these programs for the fall 2021 semester.
Southeast President Carlos Vargas says they’re also dropping the GPA requirement from 3.5 to 2.75 to offer more access to higher education.
“For that reason Southeast adjusted the criteria for several Southeast scholarship programs to give more weight to a student’s cumulative high school GPA and less importance to a standardized test score.”
The university awards over $24 million in scholarships and automatically reviews applications to apply scholarships without requiring more paperwork from students.