ADMISSIONS

  • Test-Optional Policy

    Effective for first-year students applying fall 2018 and beyond, Worcester State University will no longer require the submission of SAT or ACT scores. Please refer to policy guidelines to determine if you are eligible to apply as a test-optional candidate.

    Policy Guidelines:

    • SAT/ACT scores required for first-time nursing and occupational studies applicants
    • SAT/ACT scores required for home-schooled applicants
    • SAT/ACT scores required for international applicants
    • SAT/ACT or TOEFL required for ESL applicants
    • SAT/ACT scores required for applicants who submit transcripts with narratives, and not grades
    • SAT/ACT scores required for merit scholarship consideration
    • SAT/ACT scores not required for Honors Program consideration

    Other:

    • Applicants with a high school GPA of 3.0+ are considered eligible candidates for undergraduate admission and are encouraged to submit SAT/ACT scores
    • Applicants with a high school GPA of 2.99 or below must submit one recommendation letter from a high school teacher or counselor and a personal essay
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Why is Worcester State University going test optional?

    By eliminating test score requirements, we support closing the “entrance” achievement gap for those applicants typically at a greater disadvantage. Our focus in making admission decisions for first-year applicants will be on academic work and grade point average in high school, which research has shown are better predictors for academic success. Worcester State is emphasizing that 4 years of perseverance, motivation, and effort during high school bear a direct relationship to successful college-level work.

    Can anyone apply as a test-optional applicant?

    No. Applicants to our nursing and occupational studies programs are required to submit SAT/ACT. Home-schooled and international applicants also must submit SAT/ACT scores. Applicants who submit transcripts with narratives and not grades, must submit test scores.

    How do I apply as a test-optional applicant?

    On the application, select “No Test Option.” You will need to submit a personal essay in its place and a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor.

    How do I know if I should apply test optional?

    If you are satisfied with your test scores and believe they are indicative of your academic achievement, then we are happy to consider them as part of your application. If you have a strong academic record demonstrated by above average grades, but do not feel your test results are a good reflection of your academic performance, you can choose not to submit them. We offer these guidelines:

    • Applicants with a high school GPA of 3.0 and higher are considered eligible candidates for admission and are encouraged to submit SAT/ACT scores
    • Applicants with a high school GPA of 2.99 or below must submit one recommendation letter from a high school teacher or counselor and a personal essay in place of SAT/ACT scores

    If I submit my application and forgot to check test optional, can I change my status later?

    You must email admissions@worcester.edu to change your status before your application is reviewed. If an admissions decision has already been made, then you cannot change your status to “no test option.”

    Can I be considered for merit scholarships without submitting standardized test scores?

    No. If you wish to be considered for merit scholarships, you will need to submit SAT and/or ACT scores.

    Am I eligible to participate in the Honors Program if I choose the No Test Option?

    Yes. If you wish to be considered for the Honors Program, you may choose the no test option. However, test scores are required for merit scholarship consideration.

    I am an ESL student. Can I participate in the No Test Option?

    Yes. However, you must take the TOEFL exam to demonstrate English proficiency.

    What if my scores are sent from a testing agency or included on my transcripts?

    If your scores are sent to us from the testing agency or are included on your high school transcript, you can still apply test optional as long as you indicate that option on your application. If you apply test optional, your test scores will not be taken into consideration as part of the application review.

    If I have a documented learning disability, should I select the No Test Option?

    No. Students with a documented learning disability who want their test scores waived, should select “yes" to question 20 on the application. You will need to submit your Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) and cognitive testing to the Admissions Office to be considered for the SAT/ACT waiver.

    How will you review my application without test scores?

    Whether a student chooses to send scores or not, our decision process will be similar. We focus on academic achievement, rigor of high school coursework, and what we know about your personal qualities from your essay and letters of recommendation.

    Are transfer students eligible to apply as test-optional applicants?

    Generally speaking, test scores are not required for transfer applicants who have 12 or more transferable credits and a minimum 2.5 college GPA. However, there are specific circumstances when test scores may be requested by the admissions committee. Applicants may contact the Admissions Transfer Center at transfer@worcester.edu for additional information.

    If I enroll at Worcester State, will I need to submit my ACT or SAT scores after enrollment?

    No. We will not require test scores once you enroll.