This week, Ithaca College became the most recent addition to the ranks of test-optional colleges and universities, dropping standardized test submission as a requirement for admissions. In its release, Ithaca pointed to the holistic nature of its admissions evaluations, as well as research performed on past applicants, among chief reasons for the announcement. “From the coursework they choose, to the leadership positions they hold, and the many and varied talents that they bring, we want to develop a complete picture of every student. None of that is captured in a standardized test score,” notes Director of Admission Gerard Turbide. Eager to reap the benefits of the new policy, IC is moving forward with plans to implement for students applying for the 2013 entering class.