George Washington University will no longer require that students submit their ACT or SAT scores for most freshman admissions.

Dean of Admissions Karen Stroud Felton said in a statement Monday that university administrators were concerned that below-average test scores were leading some otherwise strong students to not apply.

The policy will take effect for students seeking admission for fall 2016.

School officials say testing will still be required for home-schooled applicants, students from high schools that provide only narrative evaluation of students, college athletes and those applying for a seven-year program that leads to a combined bachelor's/medical degree.

The National Center for Fair and Open Testing says more than 125 private colleges and universities featured in U.S. News and World Report rankings now have test-optional admission policies.