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BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) — Thousands of high school seniors are preparing right now for college this fall. While most students already have plans in the works for this year, lawmakers at the capitol are trying to remove barriers for students applying in the future.

This session, lawmakers have a mission to make university campuses more diverse. CU-Boulder is supporting two bills that look to do that.

“We want to be an institution that educates every admissible Colorado resident, anybody who is eligible to be admitted in the state of Colorado. As the public flagship, we are all about equity and access,” CU-Boulder’s Executive Director of Admissions Clark Brigger said.

One measure would allow Colorado universities and colleges to remain test optional, meaning they can choose to not use SAT and ACT scores in consideration for admission.

“We know that test scores are highly correlated to income and disadvantage our rural students, our traditionally underserved students, our students of color. And really speaking pretty much for the public that’s in the state of Colorado, we think that’s an unfair advantage we want to educate the populous of Colorado,” Brigger said.

Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill last year, allowing schools to omit testing as a factor for a year due to the pandemic. Brigger said their school may become more inclusive because of it.

“Right now, we have 24% more students of color that have applied, and we hope that will lead to more diversity on the campus in the fall,” Brigger said.

Another measure would prohibit universities from using legacy status for admittance, something CU-Boulder is already doing and is calling for other colleges adopt as well.

“It does create an unfair advantage via real or perceived for students that don’t have that connection to the university,” Brigger said.

The SAT/ACT testing bill is set to be heard in committee Thursday.

Supporters hope to make state colleges test optional for good to keep students in Colorado.