Montclair State University announced Tuesday it would make SAT and ACT scores optional for admission, becoming the first public university in New Jersey to do so.

Admissions officials will focus on a prospective student's high school grade point average and the specific classes he or she took, university officials said. If SAT or ACT scores are submitted with an application, they will be considered, officials said.

The university has determined that GPA is three times more likely than SAT scores to predict performance at Montclair State, university president Susan A. Cole said.

Montclair State, which admits about 3,000 freshmen a year, is the third school in the region to announce the change in recent days, following Bryn Mawr College and Temple University. - Inquirer staff