Test Optional Policy
High school grade point average has always been emphasized in our application review process as a strong predictor of college success, which is why you can earn admission, and even Maroon and Gold Merit Recognition Awards based on high school GPA alone. (If you are homeschooled or attend a high school that does not provide grades, an ACT/SAT test score is required.)
We will still accept and review your test score if you choose to provide it. In fact, it may enhance your likelihood of being admitted or earning a higher scholarship. Rest assured, submitting a test score will never disadvantage you – we will always do what's in your best interest.
Can I submit my test scores after I apply?
Yes! Apply starting Aug. 1 to receive your admission decision and merit scholarship, even if your ACT/SAT scores are not available. Then, send us your test scores to see if you qualify for a better scholarship. Test scores will never negatively impact your admission decision or scholarship offer. We will always consider your highest total score.
How do I apply as test-optional?
There is no special action required. Simply submit your application for admission without a test score and we will begin our review.
Can I still earn a competitive scholarship without a test score?
Yes! You can apply for all of our major competitive scholarships without submitting a test score. Please note, unlike merit scholarships, competitive scholarships require separate applications.
Can I submit a self-reported score?
Yes, you can earn admission and scholarships by submitting an unofficial score. However, you will need to follow up with an official score sent through the testing agency or one appearing on your official high school transcript.
Are transfer students also test-optional?
Test scores are not considered in the transfer student application review. Therefore, students who have taken coursework at a college or university after high school graduation are not impacted by the test-optional policy.
Will CMU be test-optional beyond 2023?
A decision regarding CMU’s test-optional status beyond the 2023-2024 academic year has not been made.