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Florida Turns to Essays for Admissions Tests

December 28, 1999

Florida's two most selective public universities -- Florida State and the University of Florida -- will require essays to accompany admissions applications beginning in 2001, say news reports.

  • The state now bars race as a factor in admissions at state schools.
  • Admissions directors say that written statements can reflect how applications have overcome hardship.
  • The move comes in the wake of Gov. Jeb Bush's plan to replace affirmative action with a guaranteed spot at public universities for high school seniors in the top 20 percent of their class.

The Board of Regents is expected to approve Bush's proposal next month.

Source: John Bacon, "Essays Over Tests," Nationline, USA Today, December 28, 1999.


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