As much as we would want to be part of the student body of a prestigious and prominent college or university, not all of us are able to get in. We have to face the fact that there are students who are not as capable as other people in terms of doing well in standardized tests. Fortunately for these individuals, more and more schools are recognizing this fact, making their admission procedure more lenient for incoming college students. Although some still require students to take certain examinations to get in, their passing rate is nevertheless below the average as compared to the standards of elite colleges. If this is still not good enough, one can also find schools that chose to do away with such exams altogether. Evidently, these easy colleges to get into are increasing in number. If you are interested in checking them out, below is a short list of some of them.
10. Sojourner-Douglas College
For those residing near Baltimore, this college is a good option. It has two sets of standards for admission purposes: for traditional students (those who recently graduated from high school) and for non-traditional students (those who already started their career and still chose to continue their education). For the former, only a high school diploma or any certification equivalent to the same is needed for one to be admitted. For the latter, a student can be considered for admission with or without such diploma as long as he can be of benefit to the academic program of the school. Among the bachelor’s degrees offered in this college are health care administration, social work, and accounting.
9. Bowdoin College
This school, which is located in Brunswick, Maine, is a good choice for those who want a career in the field of liberal arts and sciences. This is especially true for those with financial issues in view of the newly restructured financial aid program of the school. The applicants can opt not to take any standardized examination tests in order to be admitted and the SAT score required of them is below average. However, it gives preference to those with impressive curricular and extra-curricular records.
8. College of the Holy Cross
This college is Worcester, Massachusetts is known for its remarkable programs on liberal arts and sciences. Its retention and graduation rate is impressive, with more than 90% of its students obtaining a degree in a span of six years. Another good thing about this college is that it has an optional admission test aside from its policy of accepting students with below average SAT scores.
7. George Mason University
This university in Fairfax, Virginia ranked number one among the ‘up and coming’ colleges in the U.S. News & World Report of 2009 due to its rapid expansion. Like the previous schools mentioned, the admission test in this university is optional. In addition, students with below average SAT scores can apply and take one of its several pre-professional programs on nursing, education, business and engineering.
6. Allegany College of Maryland
Similar to Sojourner-Douglas College, Allagany College of Maryland also has a hassle free and uncomplicated admission process. Applicants are only required to submit their transcript of records (high school or college, as the case may be) and take a placement test instead of a standardized test. Among the fields that these applicants can choose from are advanced technologies, leisure studies and culinary arts, social sciences, and hospitality.
5. Mount Holyoke College
If you are interested in being part of an exclusive and nature oriented college for women, this might be the best option for you. Aside from consistently being ranked as one of the best women’s colleges in the State, Mount Holyoke College is also known for its magnificent campus that has a botanical garden, horseback riding trails, waterfalls, and two lakes. Admission tests are optional in this school.
4. Pitzer College
Some say that this college is relatively small compared to others. However, this does not mean that the quality of education that it provides is, by analogy, lower. Located in Claremont California, Pitzer College it offers decent programs in the field of social sciences. Also, community service and studies abroad are given a strong emphasis in this school. A lot of students can take advantage of these great programs for the school has an optional test policy for admission purposes and the SAT scores required of the applicants is below the average.
3. University of Maryland Eastern Shore
The only admission requirement asked of the applicants in the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a diploma in high school or its equivalent. Such certification must show that the student has completed the basic courses in high school, including 2 years of foreign language, math, and laboratory science, 3 years of social studies, and 4 years of English. Among the bachelor’s degrees that can be earned in this university are special education, English and exercise science. Master’s degrees on counselor education as well as applied computer science are also offered in this school. Further, doctoral degrees in organizational leadership and toxicology can be earned in this university.
2. Sarah-Lawrence College
This quaint, European-like college, which can be found in Bronxville, New York, is said to be the leader in the movement of making entrance examinations optional. The learning of the students in this school is given more focus as evident in its 6:1 student-faculty ratio. Truly, this college gives greater value to the teaching of the students.
1. University of Maryland University College
This university in Adelphi, Maryland is probably the most lenient college in terms of admission requirements. As long as the student can provide proof that he earned a GED or a high school diploma, the applicant need not submit his actual certified diploma. For those who would want to transfer to this university from another college, they would only need 2.0 GPA at the least. From there, they can choose to study the various courses offered in this university such as investigative forensic, history and finance.