Paine Waives Standardized Tests

April 21, 2020

Originally posted April 16, 2020 

Paine College officials announced today that the Institution will waive standardized tests for first-time freshmen.  However, students who have taken tests may submit their scores. The decision made by the College is designed to ensure that standards for admission are met while reducing some of the stress applicants and parents are facing during these uncertain times.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation's high schools have been disrupted leaving thousands of high school seniors wondering when and if they will be able to take the standardize tests (ACT and SAT) that are required for entry into colleges and universities throughout the country. Many of the spring dates for college admissions tests have been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19.

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Curtis E. Martin, said, "With many high schools closed and teaching remotely, we have decided to ease the anxiety high school seniors are facing amid the pandemic. The test scores are being waived for students with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or better. Seniors who do not have a 3.0 GPA will also be admitted on the condition that they take the ACT Residual test upon enrollment at Paine College."

Applications are being re-evaluated for those who previously applied and submitted satisfactory documentation. Applicants are still required to submit their official transcript and may go online to complete the admissions application at (select Admissions drop down menu).

David Jackson, Recruitment Coordinator, said, "If applicants are unable to request official transcripts due to school closures, we encourage students to have their high school counselor email the transcript to"

Parents and students are invited to contact the Office of Admissions at (706) 821-8320 with questions regarding the recent changes surrounding the enrollment process. Admissions counselors are standing by to schedule video conferences with parents and students to discuss the status of applications. The College will continue to keep applicants updated via its website at and social media platforms.

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