SAT/ACT Optional Admission

SAT/ACT Optional Admission

High school students applying for admission to The University of Scranton may do so without submitting SAT/ACT scores if they are in the top 30% of their graduating class. If their high school does not rank, students must have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. In lieu of standardized test scores, students must submit two graded papers from high school. In addition, students may be asked to schedule an on-campus interview. Students applying to certain programs may not apply SAT/ACT Optional. Please see the list of excluded academic programs below.

  • What programs are excluded from applying SAT/ACT Optional?plus or minus

    Students applying for the following academic programs are not eligible to apply SAT/ACT Optional. These programs require either SAT or ACT scores as part of the application:

    • Master's in Accountancy
    • Accelerated BS/MBA in Accounting
    • Early & Primary Teacher Education
    • Accelerated BS/MBA in Finance
    • Accelerated BS/MBA in Marketing
    • Middle Level Teacher Education
    • Nursing
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Accelerated BS/MBA in Operations Management
    • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT guaranteed seat)
    • Secondary Education
    • BS/MS in Special Education (5-year program)
    • Pre-Dentistry
    • Pre-Medical
    • Pre-Optometry
    • Pre-Physician Assistant
    • Pre-Podiatry
    • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • How do students apply for SAT/ACT Optional? plus or minus

    Students may apply for free using The Common Application online and choose SAT/ACT Optional.
  • What are the application requirements for students applying SAT/ACT Optional?plus or minus

    Eligible students must be in the top 30% of their graduating class. If their high school does not rank, students must have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. In lieu of standardized test scores, students applying SAT/ACT Optional must submit two graded papers from high school. To complete their application, students must submit an official high school transcript and a letter of recommendation, and may be asked to schedule an on-campus interview.

  • How does the Admissions Committee at The University of Scranton make decisions in the case of students applying SAT/ACT Optional? plus or minus

    For students applying SAT/ACT Optional, the University's Admissions Committee considers the rigor of the high school curriculum, performance in that program (GPA) and class rank (if available), as well as letter(s) of recommendation, two graded papers, extracurricular activities, community service and possibly an on-campus interview.
  • Will students be considered for a merit scholarship if they apply SAT/ACT Optional? plus or minus

    Yes. High school students who apply SAT/ACT Optional will automatically be considered for academic merit scholarships awarded by the University. If they qualify, then students will be awarded either the Loyola or Arrupe academic merit scholarships. Scholarship decisions will be based on the overall strength of the student's application.
  • Will students be considered for a Dean's or Presidential Scholarship if they apply SAT/ACT Optional?plus or minus

    No. To be considered for a Dean's or Presidential Scholarship, applicants must submit their SAT/ACT scores.