St. Edward's University is pleased to announce a new test-optional policy for all undergraduate applicants.
In light of recent circumstances and the cancelation of upcoming ACT and SAT tests, moving to a test-optional policy is in the best interest of our prospective students. Students are facing new challenges, and we are hopeful that this policy will make the college application process simpler and more accessible.
What does this mean?
Students applying for undergraduate admission to St. Edward’s for Fall 2021 and beyond will no longer be required to submit standardized test scores. Each applicant will be evaluated based on their online application, academic performance and involvement, personal essay, and academic recommendation. Students who do not submit test scores will not be at a disadvantage during the review of their applications, and students who choose to test and submit scores will not gain any advantage for doing so. All students who apply for undergraduate admission will be eligible for our merit scholarships, regardless of whether a test score is on file.
We recognize that applying to college can be stressful for students and their families and that the COVID-19 pandemic has created additional challenges for students applying this year. At St. Edward's, test scores are not the most predictive measure of success on our campus and we're confident that we can evaluate each student's admission application without an ACT or SAT score. Students who apply this year should feel assured that they will be given full consideration for admission and merit scholarships, regardless of whether or not they submit a score.
Please note: International applicants will still be required to submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) in order for the admission committee to evaluate English language proficiency. The DET (Duolingo English Test) may be submitted for supplementary evaluation of English language proficiency.
Please contact the seu.admit [at] stedwards.edu (Office of Admission) with questions.