Academic Building

A replica of the Liberty Bell hangs Monday over the Texas A&M University seal in the rotunda of the Academic Building. One of only a few buildings on campus more than 100 years old, the Academic Building sits on the former site of Old Main, which was destroyed by fire in 1912. Scaffolding on the building's exterior is currently in place while the facade is refurbished and interior work is taking place through April on the fourth floor.

Texas A&M University announced Wednesday it will not require freshman applicants for spring, summer and fall of 2021 to submit ACT or SAT scores due to limited testing availability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chris Reed, A&M's executive director of admissions, said the decision to not require test scores was to support students and provide fair admissions decisions.

“Given the continued restrictions on in-person testing opportunities and in light of recent announcements regarding halted plans for virtual testing, we recognize that action needs to be taken,” Reed said in a statement. “Students may continue to submit standardized scores from their SAT and/or ACT tests for consideration for admission. Submission of tests scores will not create any unfair advantage or disadvantage for those students who provide them.”

Groups are working to evaluate A&M's application review process in light of the new policy. A&M said it would provide more details in the near future.

Questions regarding A&M's move can be directed to A&M's office of admissions at

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