Counselors--especially in Oregon, but anywhere--we'd like your take on this and what it means for Oregon State University and testing going forward.
On March 25, 2020 all the public universities in Oregon announced that they were permanently test optional for undergraduate admission. This was something that was several months in the making, and almost certainly would have gone forward anyway; but the decision was made easier in light of COVID-19. It was meaningful for me, too, as it happened on the birthday of Norman Borlaug, fellow Iowan and the person once called "the greatest human being who ever lived." He became the face of test optional when I learned he failed his admission exam to the University of Minnesota.
I want to share a few glimpses into the application patterns for our first year students at Oregon State since then.
The view below shows all applicants. At top left, you can see counts of students who applied without tests (in orange) for 2021, 2022, and 2023 (in progress). We are currently up about 14% in applications for Fall 2023, and by the time our February 1 deadline comes around, that number will likely grow to about 19,000 this year. You'll note that the number of applications without tests has increased, even as the percentage (at right) decreased, based on a fairly large application growth between 2021 and 2022.
At top right, you see the breakouts of students applying with and without tests. At the bottom, you see counts and percentages of students who applied without tests, and whether or not they sent tests anyway (this would most likely be a student who sent us the ACT or SAT as part of their free score send, and then applied without tests.)
Click on the images to enlarge.