Baylor University in Waco, Tex., is trying to climb to the top tier in the U.S. News rankings by boosting SAT scores of students. So it’s offering “admitted freshmen a $300 campus bookstore credit to retake the SAT, and $1,000 a year in merit scholarship aid for those who raised their scores by at least 50 points,” reports the New York Times. The higher scores are reported to U.S. News.
Of this year’s freshman class of more than 3,000, 861 students received the bookstore credit and 150 students qualified for the $1,000-a-year merit aid, said John Barry, the university’s vice president for communications and marketing.
. . . The offer, which was reported last week by the university’s student newspaper, The Lariat, raised Baylor’s average SAT score for incoming freshmen to 1210, from about 1200, Mr. Barry said.
Via The Quick and the Ed.
Update: In response to criticism and complaints from its own faculty, Baylor has dropped its SAT retake bonus offer.