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Test Optional Admission

SAT or ACT is optional

Our research has shown that there is a group of applicants for whom the SAT or ACT may not be a fair predictor of academic success based upon their motivations and high school academic accomplishments.

If you do not have SAT or ACT scores, or believe your scores do not reflect your academic achievement and ability to be successful at Spalding, you may choose to apply as a Test Optional candidate for university admission. You must have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 within a college preparatory curriculum to be considered for admission.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why the test-optional program?

Our research has shown that there are applicants for whom the SAT/ACT may not be a fair predictor of academic preparedness based upon their motivations and high school academic accomplishments. Other than standardized test scores that are below our requirements, these students meet or exceed our average student profile. There is very little difference between this population and those with standardized test scores – comparable GPA, class rank, and academic performance.

Test-optional admission has been around for almost three decades. Other academically competitive institutions offer test-optional admission and independent research shows that test-optional applicants are just as successful academically.

How do I apply as a test-optional candidate?
When prompted, indicate your intention on your application for admission to Spalding.

What are the other requirements for admission?
Minimum cumulative GPA of least 3.0, college preparatory curriculum, and extracurricular involvement.

Will I qualify for academic scholarships?
Yes, test-optional admission status has no bearing on academic scholarship consideration.

Questions? Contact us.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Call or text: (502) 585-7111
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