Granting disabled students exceptions speaks highly of FIU

Editorial Board/FIUSM Staff 


FIU is giving its applicants fair review, and even second chances, with the Board of Governors’ alternative admission that allows the University to view its applicants as more than just numbers.

Undergraduate admissions for fall 2012 was characterized by a 1630-1820 range of SAT scores, 23-26 ACT scores and an FIU weighted GPA between 3.5 and 4.1.

Below this profile on FIU’s admissions site, however, is a memo encouraging all students to apply for consideration. Students are admitted with scores below this range, and students with higher scores are not guaranteed admission either.

While high grade point averages and standardized test scores play an important role in University admissions, FIU may consider other factors that indicate success, like graduation from an International Baccalaureate program, or even an improvement in one’s high school record over time.

Why should a student eager to attend the University be punished for their poor performance in, let’s say, their freshman and sophomore years in high school?

If the University can see the student’s improvement and achievements in their latter half of high school, then that effort is a clear factor to consider.

The University can also take outside factors into consideration. Applicants that come from a low-performing high school or a house with poor socioeconomic status can be given the benefit of the doubt.

The University is essentially offering the opportunity of a better education to those students that may have been disadvantaged in high school.

And The Beacon does not consider alternative admission any form of “cutting slack.” Instead, this is a better way to gauge the potential of applicants and admit students that will be successful Panthers.

It makes sense to do this because everyone is not a 4.0 student and an A+ test-taker. Some students struggle to meet the minimum, but they should not be denied a place in higher education without some sort of consideration.

We commend FIU for viewing its applicants as more than just these numbers. It gives a sense of identity back to each and every applicant.

It wouldn’t be practical to deny anyone admission because they could not score a 1630 on their SAT or their GPA fell .01 too short. A university should not have to put blinders on during the admissions process.

Students offer more than their GPAs and test scores to their University’s profile. They offer talent and diversity.

It’s reassuring to know that the University will essentially hear its applicants out. It’s all about second chances. 

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