Test Optional

Test Optional Applications

Lewis University has adopted a test-optional admission policy for incoming freshman applying for the Fall 2021 semester due to the significant disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The new test optional policy also acknowledges that test scores often do not portray the full ability and potential for academic success.

High school students who elect to apply as Test Optional for fall 2021 will not be required to submit standardized test scores from the ACT or SAT to gain admission or be considered for merit scholarships. 

Test Optional FAQ

How do I know if I should apply test-optional?
You will be asked to indicate your application review preference on both the Common Application and the Lewis University application. Students who are satisfied with their test scores and believe the scores could strengthen their application are strongly encouraged to submit official score reports. However, if you have a strong academic record but do not feel your test results are a good reflection of your academic potential, then you may want to select the Test Optional method when submitting your application.

What if my scores are sent from a testing agency or included on my transcripts?
If you choose to apply test-optional, your application for admission will be reviewed without considering scores, even if they are included in your record. Remember that you must select Test Optional on the application to have your scores ignored.

How will Lewis evaluate students who do not submit test scores?
Lewis utilizes a holistic review for every student, regardless of the decision to submit test scores. For this reason, the review process will be very similar for all applications. Lewis considers many things in this process including, but not limited to, strength of high school coursework, achievement in honors-level courses, grade trends, writing ability, co-curricular activities (including work and home responsibilities), and community involvement.

Are there any students who cannot apply test-optional?
Students interested in the Early Acceptance Program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) must submit scores as part of the LECOM review, although they may be considered for test-optional admission to Lewis.

Will I be considered for scholarships if I apply test-optional?
All admitted students will be considered for merit scholarships, regardless of test score submission.

If I commit to Lewis, will I need to submit my ACT or SAT scores?
We do ask that all students who choose to enroll at Lewis University submit an official test score before enrolling in college courses, but only if they have took either the ACT or SAT during the junior or senior year.  Test scores will only be used for research purposes and will still not impact scholarship or admission decisions.

Is Lewis permanently test-optional?
At this time, our test optional policy is only in place for Fall 2021 as a response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.