MADISON - Drew University will no longer require that students submit their ACT or SAT scores for most freshman admissions.

"Drew has and continues to attract high-caliber students who have completed a rigorous high school curriculum," said MaryAnn Baenninger, president of Drew University. "Those students are succeeding at Drew regardless of their SAT test scores, which do not always give an accurate assessment of their abilities. This decision to make the scores optional will give applicants the confidence to know that our university looks at the whole student in making our admissions decisions."

The policy went into effect earlier this summer.

The university joins hundreds of colleges that have made submitting ACT or SAT scores optional for students, including American University, also in the District of Columbia, and Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

According to the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, or FairTest, more than 125 private colleges and universities featured in U.S. News and World Report rankings now have test-optional admission policies.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.