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Test Optional Policy

Policy Overview

Due to at home test options not being offered by College Board and the capacity for in-person examinations being severely limited due to COVID-19, Shippensburg University will be test optional for undergraduate students applying for Spring and Fall 2022. In making this policy change for the upcoming semesters, we hope to allow students with lack of access to test to have an opportunity to attend SU without a disadvantage to them in the admissions process.

First-year applicants are not required to submit their test scores (SAT or ACT) for admissions review. Ship will not review test scores as part of the admissions process even if we’ve received test scores for the student.

Deciding whether to share your test scores

Not sure whether to share your SAT or ACT score? You might be surprised to learn that standardized test scores are not a leading predictor of college success. A student’s curriculum and high school GPA are the best indicators of whether or not a student will succeed at Ship. Historically, standardized test results have been just one part of the review process.

Some students do well in the classroom but not on standardized tests. If you have good grades in challenging classes but your standardized test scores don’t reflect that, you might want to withhold them. On the other hand, if you believe your scores reflect your ability, submit them.

Still unsure? Please contact your admission counselor to talk it over. Or, if you’ve decided what you want to do, apply now.

Exemptions to the test optional policy

  • Applicants who are applying for Software/Mechanical/Computer/Civil/Electrical Engineering, Computer Science may provide self-reported scores to enhance admissions prospects.
  • Applicants who are homeschooled
  • Applicants who attend non-graded schools are required to submit official ACT or SAT scores
  • International applicants who are non-native English speakers must submit an acceptable score on either the IELTS, TOEFL, or Duolingo. International students can also submit SAT/ACT scores.