Category: Undergraduate Advising

ACT, SAT Waived for Some Applicants

For incoming students next fall, first-year applicants with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.00 or higher will not be required to provide official SAT or ACT scores to receive an admission decision. The domestic application, now available online for spring, summer, and fall 2021 semesters, remains free for all applicants.

The University recognizes that the incoming class of 2021 faced many obstacles, one of which was the postponement or cancellation of spring SAT and ACT examinations, which traditionally trigger the start of the college application process. In Michigan, all high school juniors were scheduled to take the SAT free of charge as part of state assessment testing in April. Due to school closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this testing has been postponed until September 23 or October 14—the date of administration to be determined by individual districts.

“Many students wait until they receive their scores before deciding where to apply. The delays in testing would likely push back both the application process and receiving the admission decision until November or December, putting students at a disadvantage for applying for scholarships and federal financial aid,” says Allison Carter, director of admissions operations.

Official SAT or ACT scores will be required for admission purposes for homeschooled students, as well as applicants who have a cumulative high school GPA below 3.00. Additionally, all first-year students who wish to be considered for merit-based scholarships must submit official test scores. Student athletes are required to submit official test scores per NCAA eligibility requirements.

“We’re excited about this change, especially when you consider the access it provides to students who do well academically but may test below their potential due to a variety of factors,” states Carter. “The response from families about this change for 2021 has been very positive. We’ve been able to keep student excitement about Michigan Tech high and the stress associated with the college application process low.”

Applicants will be reviewed individually based on high school academic performance, including courses taken, grades received, and trend in grades relative to their intended major. Test scores will be taken into consideration for those required to submit them or who wish to supplement their application.

Read a July 1, 2020, Tech Today article about this here.


Computing’s CMH Division Adds Academic Advisor

The College of Computing is pleased to welcome Kathryn (Kay) Oliver as our newest academic advisor effective February 10, 2020. Oliver will have primary responsibility for advising undergraduate students in the CNSA, EET, and Cybersecurity programs. She’ll also assist in managing the graduate programs in Mechatronics and Health Informatics, and the advising of other undergraduate students in the College of Computing, as needed.

Oliver has an M.A. in educational technology from Michigan State University and a B.S. in physics from Western Michigan University. For more than 20 years she worked with the Department of Defense Education Activity, a government agency responsible for K-12 education of children of American citizens working internationally for the DoD. For most of that time she was responsible for the professional development of teachers with education technology; the past two years she taught AP Computer Science to American high school students in South Korea.

“The search committee was very impressed with Kay’s background and her communication skills,” said Dan Fuhrmann, director of the CMH Division. “She is going to do an outstanding job, connecting with our students and providing information and support. It’s great to have her on board.