Lewis Adopts Test-Optional Admissions Policy for Fall 2021

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Lewis University Adopts Test-Optional Admissions Policy for Fall 2021

Published: July 10, 2020.

Lewis University has adopted a test-optional admission policy for incoming freshmen applying for the Fall 2021 semester as a result of significant disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The test-optional policy means that high school students applying for admission to Lewis University 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. 

“We understand the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the lives of high school students preparing for college. Health precautions prevented most juniors from taking the standardized ACT and SAT tests as they normally would have done,” Ashley Skidmore, dean of undergraduate admission.

In lieu of standardized test scores, Lewis University will enhance its holistic admissions process to include several other indicators that reflect the entire person and academic performance.  This includes high school course selection, grade trends, cumulative and core grade point average in addition to personal achievements and community involvement.  The new test-optional policy also acknowledges that test scores often do not portray the full ability and potential for academic success.   

“The test-optional policy will allow us to respond to student interest in a timely manner and not have to wait for a standardized test score to delay our application review process,” added Skidmore.

Applications for the Fall 2021 semester will be available on www.lewisu.edu in early August.

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,300 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.



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