Test-Optional Admission: A Case Study from the University of Denver

(Retired) | Last updated August 25, 2020

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Last Updated

August 25, 2020

Test-Optional Admission: A Case Study from the University of Denver

(Retired) | Last updated August 25, 2020

Learn the benefits and challenges of transitioning permanently to test-optional admission.


Many institutions temporarily adopted test-optional admission processes in response to COVID-19, while others are still considering implementing it or making the switch permanent. Although the benefits of going test-optional are widely acknowledged, the process of moving to test-optional when internal stakeholders are accustomed to the traditional model can be tricky to navigate.

Join us for this webcast as we hear from the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment, Todd Rinehart, about the University of Denver’s journey to become permanently test-optional. Learn the benefits of this type of admission approach, the challenges of implementation, and lessons learned—what you should anticipate and pitfalls to avoid—based on the University of Denver’s firsthand experience with a test-optional admission process.

Who should attend?

This webcast will benefit those in enrollment management, admission, and recruitment who are considering or are in the early stages of implementing a test-optional admission process.


In this hour-long webcast, our expert instructor will discuss the following considerations:

    1. Explaining the Benefits of Test-Optional Admission


    1. Understanding and Planning for the Challenges of Test-Optional Admission
      1. Gaining buy-in from current admission and recruitment staff
      2. Working with governing bodies on campus
      3. Managing pushback from alumni
      4. Determining how to distribute merit-based scholarships and manage other nuances around grades


  1. Analyzing the Results
    1. Lessons learned from the first year of test-optional admission
    2. How the results align with institutional goals

Why is this event retired?

At AI we want to always ensure that the best and most current trainings are available to members, and we regularly review our trainings to ensure that is the case.