The Board of Governors voted to change the UNC System’s minimum admission requirements in a special meeting Monday. The decision came in response to the cancellation or postponement of spring SAT and ACT tests due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The previous criteria required applicants to have a weighted high school GPA of 2.5 and a combined SAT of 880 or ACT of 17. Under the new policy, students who have a minimum weighted high school GPA of 2.5, or an SAT of 1010 or ACT of 19, will be eligible for admission.
But the new policy is not test-optional, meaning that students will still be required to submit some form of standardized test score with their application.
Essentially, students who don’t meet either the minimum GPA or minimum standardized test requirement will still be eligible for admission, as long as they meet one of the criteria.
Adam Schmidt, the president of the UNC Association of Student Governments and ex-officio student member of the Board of Governors, said the revision has been in the works for a while.
He said it was originally proposed as a long-term policy change that would take effect in fall 2021 if approved but the implementation date was expedited in response to the pandemic.
Kimberly van Noort, senior vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer for the UNC System, said the board did not want to permanently approve the revisions. Instead, she said they decided to implement the changes with a sunset period of three years.
“So there will be a three-year period in which this will be in effect, but they plan to continue their conversations about it once we’re in a little more of a more normalized state,” van Noort said.
Stephen Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions, said the change was healthy for the UNC System as a whole, but he does not think it will have much of an impact on UNC-Chapel Hill.