BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College has announced that its test-optional admissions policy will become permanent.

“Bethany has led the way in helping students who either did not have access to the ACT/SAT during the pandemic or may have been disadvantaged by the testing process,” said Karen Hunt, vice president for enrollment and marketing.

The test-optional policy was adopted in 2020 during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal was to streamline Bethany’s application process and to eliminate the effects of ACT and SAT cancellations across the country.

By continuing the test-optional approach, Bethany acknowledges that standardized tests are not the only predictor of a student’s college success.

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Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.