At a college fair this month at the Courtyard Marriott in Sacramento, an uneasy chuckle drifted through the hotel conference room when the issue of SAT scores came up -- or rather, when it didn't come up.
More than 200 students and parents had crowded into seats and lined the walls to hear admissions representatives from Northwestern and Emory universities and two top public schools -- the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina, which are those states' equivalent of University of California, Berkeley. Out-of-state students face intense competition to get in.
When a parent asked the school officials to cite the top admissions factors, the admissions reps generally agreed: Good grades and a compelling essay were key.
The University of Virginia representative teased the audience that it was odd how none of the admissions directors mentioned the dreaded admissions tests.
"It's the least important part," said Lee Morgan of the University of Virginia. "That's why we forget about it."
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Some Universities Don't Care about the SAT?
That's what the major Sacramento newspaper reports: