Alderson Broaddus University suspends ACT/SAT testing requirement for Fall 2021 applicants

In an effort to alleviate barriers for incoming students and their families due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Alderson Broaddus University will temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for freshman students applying to AB for the fall 2021 term. In a shift from the university’s previous policy, this change will allow the university to better serve potential students by ensuring that testing limitations related to COVID-19 do not affect a student’s ability to apply.

The university has been evaluating the impact of the cancellation of spring ACT and SAT test dates for some time. The impact of the Coronavirus has resulted in testing cancellations, increased registration demand, and safety concerns at testing sites. Suspending required standardized testing will prevent prospective students from being disadvantaged during the application process by these unique circumstances.

Dr. Eric Shor, vice president for enrollment management and executive vice president for administration, explained that the decision to suspend the admissions requirement is one focused solely on the students. “During this time of uncertainty for students and high schools, we are focused on working with students to support their next steps toward higher education,” said Dr. Shor. “Even in our most selective admission processes, Alderson Broaddus strives to be a place of access and inclusion.”

The temporary policy modification applies to new first-time students graduating from high school and removes potential barriers for students who wish to enroll for the Fall 2021 semester.

Students applying for future terms should plan to submit standardized test scores as a requirement. The Office of Admissions will reassess the testing climate at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year and make the best decision to ensure a fair admissions cycle for future classes.

About Alderson Broaddus University

Alderson Broaddus University is an independent institution of higher learning, committed to serving the region as an academic, cultural, and religious resource, with programs based on a liberal arts foundation.

The mission of AB is to provide students with the highest quality education, striving to prepare students to succeed in their chosen disciplines and to fulfill their roles in a diverse society as well-rounded and responsible citizens.

Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences. Alderson Broaddus University stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate physician assistant program of its kind in 1968, a post-baccalaureate physician assistant master’s degree program in 1993, and West Virginia’s first baccalaureate nursing program in 1945.

AB is located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. The University is rooted in historic and continuing relationships with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.

For more information about AB, visit