PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University will no longer require applicants to submit SAT essay scores or ACT writing scores when applying for admission.

The Providence Journal reports the policy begins with next year's incoming class, and that high school students will still be required to take the SAT or ACT to apply.

Admissions Dean Logan Powell says eliminating the requirement adds to a growing array of efforts at Brown to reduce barriers preventing low-income students from applying.

The College Board offers free school-day SAT testing at nearly 8,000 schools nationwide, but these schools do not all include the essay portion of the test.

Powell said that undergraduate applicants can still submit writing scores should they choose, and the university recommends submitting a graded humanities or social sciences paper as part of an application.