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 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. To complete their application, students must submit an official high school transcript and a letter of recommendation, and may be asked to schedule an 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-Pharmacy
    • Pre-Physician Assistant
    • Pre-Podiatry
    • Pre-Veterinary Medicine

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, if you have been unable to sit for a SAT/ACT exam, you can still be considered for your selected major.  Please submit your application and contact an admissions representative for further details on how to apply without scores.

  • What if I have been unable to sit for my exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic?plus or minus

    For Fall 2021 applicants, The University of Scranton’s Admissions Offices is providing additional flexibility with the test score requirement. There are three options available for students when they are completing Scranton’s question on the Common Application regarding test scores:

    1. Apply with Scores: Students who have a test score should choose: “Yes, please include my SAT/ACT scores as part of my application.”
    2. Apply SAT/ACT Optional: Students with qualifying majors and GPAs who wish to apply SAT/ACT Optional should choose: “No, I do not wish to include my SAT/ACT scores as part of my application for admission.”
    3. Apply Test Exempt: Students who have been unable to complete an SAT or ACT examination due to COVID-19 should choose: “I have not been able to complete an SAT/ACT exam due to COVID-19.”

  • 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. To complete their application, students must submit an official high school transcript and a letter of recommendation, and may be asked to schedule an 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, extracurricular activities, community service and possibly an 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

    Yes, students who apply without their test scores for the entry term of Fall 2021 will still be considered for the Dean's or Presidential Scholarship.