Most freshmen applying for the 2022 semesters are considered for admission and merit scholarships without an ACT/SAT score. (If you are homeschooled or attend a high school that does not provide grades, an ACT/SAT test score is required.)
COVID-19 may have impacted your opportunity to take or re-take a standardized test, but it should not impact your ability to apply for college and earn a scholarship. High school grade point average has always been emphasized in our application review process as a strong predictor of college success.
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 now 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 2022?
Currently, the policy applies only to 2022 terms.