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Test-Optional Admission

Seton Hall University is pleased to announce that we will be test optional for students applying for the fall 2021 semester. This is a temporary accommodation to assist students during the very difficult circumstances created by the global COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that many students have been unable to take standardized tests and we want to minimize stress and anxiety and ensure students have access to a Seton Hall education.

Students will have the option to apply to Seton Hall by submitting standardized test scores or electing not to submit these scores. The Seton Hall application for admission and the Common Application will have a specific question which provides students the opportunity to make their selection. Seton Hall will review applications holistically and the student’s high school record will be of primary importance.

If a student has taken the SAT or ACT, and believes these scores accurately represent their ability, we strongly encourage submission of these scores. These tests can provide additional information which we will consider alongside the other academic factors in your academic record. However, students who do not submit scores will not be penalized or adversely impacted in the admissions review process. Please be advised that providing standardized test scores may be required for specific academic programs and for selected scholarship opportunities (see the FAQs below for more information). Submitting these scores will also be helpful in waiving some placement tests upon enrolling at Seton Hall.

FAQs

Should I apply test optional or not?

The decision to apply test optional is a personal one and each student should make his or her own decision based on what they feel provides the best picture of their ability. Applicants who apply test optional will receive the same consideration and equal opportunity for admission to the university as those students who submit their scores. We do strongly encourage students to submit their standardized test score if they feel these scores add value and accurately represent their academic ability. If you would like further guidance, we invite you to speak with our admissions staff by calling 973-313-6145 or 973-313-6146 or e-mailing thehall@shu.edu.

How do I apply test optional?

Whether you are applying using the Seton Hall online application or the Common Application, each application will ask you to indicate whether you wish to apply test optional or not. This is all you need to do to apply for test-optional admission.

Can I change my selection to or from test optional after I submit my application?

We realize this is a big decision and we want to be as flexible as possible. Therefore, if you change your mind after you apply, you can still opt to change your selection to/from test optional. To do so, please contact the admissions office by calling 973-313-6145 or 973-313-6146 or e-mailing thehall@shu.edu.

How will Seton Hall review applications for admission if a student does not provide their standardized test scores?

Seton Hall will take a holistic approach to reviewing all applications for admission and will review all aspects of the student’s record with a heavy emphasis on your academic record in high school, specifically looking at your grades, academic rigor, and class rank (if available).

Will I still be considered for scholarships if I do not submit my standardized test scores?

Seton Hall awards many students scholarships automatically upon admission to the University, students who apply test optional will receive equal consideration for these awards. There are however, a number of special scholarships which require an SAT or ACT score. On our special scholarship page, the scholarship criteria indicates if a specific test score minimum for a standardized test is required for that award.

Is the test-optional policy a permanent policy change?

No, the test-optional policy is a temporary policy change to accommodate students during the difficult circumstances created by the global COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that many students have been unable to take standardized tests and we want to minimize stress and anxiety and ensure students have access to a Seton Hall education.

Can athletes apply test optional?

Yes, student-athletes can opt to apply to Seton Hall without submitting test scores. However, under the current NCAA guidelines, prospective student-athletes will still need to submit SAT and/or ACT scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center for final academic certification and to meet the NCAA sliding scale standards. Please check with the Seton Hall Athletics Compliance staff for more details.

Do home-schooled students need to submit standardized test scores?

Home-schooled students can apply for test optional admission but are highly encouraged to submit standardized test scores to assist us in the holistic review of their application for admission.

Do international students need to submit standardized test scores?

International students can apply for test-optional admission but must also submit a TOEFL or IELTS if they are not a native English speaker. If an international student submits an SAT or ACT score, they may waive the TOEFL or IELTS.

Can I gain admission to the honors or leadership program if I do not submit my standardized test scores?

Yes, students can apply test optional to the honors and leadership programs. Applications will receive holistic review based on the student’s academic record as well as supplemental application materials required for these programs.

What if I already sent you my scores or they are on my transcript, but I want to apply test optional?

If we have your scores on file and you have indicated that you wish to be test optional, we will not review these scores and they will not be considered in your admission review. 

Are there specific academic programs that require a standardized test score and will not allow me to apply test optional?

The Joint MD program will still require students to submit standardized test scores. Students cannot be admitted to this program if they apply for test-optional admission.

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