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Test-Optional Admissions

Test-Optional Admission Process at Rowan University

For the past several years, there has been much discussion nationwide about whether SAT/ACT scores are the best indicator of college preparedness.  

Prospective students who have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher may chose not to submit their SAT/ACT scores as part of the Admissions application process. There are some exceptions, including prospective engineering majors, EOF applicants, home school students, international students, candidates for the Bantivoglio Honors Concentration and those applying for merit scholarships. 

Rowan will use alternate indicators to evaluate college preparedness, including grade point averages, class rank, courses taken, evidence of leadership and motivation, and essays provided by the students.

The change comes at a time when Rowan's application numbers continue to climb and presents yet another way that Rowan is seeking to create a variety of pathways by which students may select the best way for them to access Rowan’s academic programs. 

Is Rowan University’s Test Optional Program Right for You?

Have you excelled academically but fear standardized test scores will hold you back? If so, Rowan University’s test-optional admission program is perfect for you! The test-optional admission policy is designed to provide access to students who are successful in the classroom, regardless of standardized test scores. After successfully piloting the program last year, Rowan University believes that test-optional admission grants opportunity to deserving students.

How test-optional admission works

Test-optional admission is an opportunity for first-time freshmen applying to Rowan University for the Fall semester through the Common Application. Applicants opting for test-optional admission will be required to answer an additional essay on the Common Application, 375-500 words in length. Test-optional candidates must submit academic credentials that exhibit the following:

  • A minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale (grades 9-11).
  • Strong performance in a challenging academic curriculum as demonstrated by having taken a robust college preparatory selection of courses.
  • Evidence of a realistic self-appraisal and motivation to succeed academically.
  • Strong leadership and motivation, as demonstrated in extracurricular, work, or service experiences

The following applicants MUST submit SAT/ACT scores:

  • College of Engineering applicants
  • EOF applicants
  • Home schooled students
  • Candidates for academic merit scholarships
  • Candidates for the Bantivoglio Honors Concentration
  • International students

Please note: An applicant’s choice to be or not to be test-optional is binding and cannot be changed during the application process. Applicants choosing the test-optional path should not submit their SAT/ACT scores to Rowan.

Please note: Test-optional is only an option for first time freshmen applying using the Common Application. If an applicant applies test-optional and is accepted, denied or chooses not to attend and wants to reapply later as a transfer student with less than 24 credits, SAT/ACT scores are required. 

Rowan Test-Optional Questions and Answers

Thinking test-optional might be right for you, but still have some questions? Here are some frequently asked questions about the application process.

Q. If I apply for Rowan’s test-optional program, how will my application be evaluated?
A: Rowan will use alternate indicators to evaluate college preparedness, including grade point averages, class rank, courses taken, evidence of leadership and motivation, and essays provided by the students.

Q:  How do I know if I should submit my SAT/ACT scores or decide to apply test-optional?
A: If you feel that your test scores do not accurately reflect your academic potential, then this program is for you! Please keep in mind the follow criteria:

            To apply test-optional you MUST have:

  • A minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale (grades 9-11).
  • Strong performance in a challenging academic curriculum as demonstrated by having taken a robust college preparatory selection of courses.
  • Evidence of a realistic self-appraisal and motivation to succeed academically.
  • Strong leadership and motivation, as demonstrated in extracurricular, work, or service experiences

            The following applicants MUST submit SAT/ACT scores:

  • College of Engineering applicants
  • EOF applicants
  • Home schooled students
  • Candidates for academic merit scholarships
  • Candidates for the Bantivoglio Honors Concentration
  • International students

Q.  What if I have already submitted test scores, but decide I want to apply test-optional?
A: If you have already submitted test scores or they are included on your high school transcript, your scores will not be considered in the application review process if you have requested the test-optional path on your Common         Application.

Q.  What if I do not get accepted as a test optional student, can I then submit my scores so I can be reconsidered?
A: No. An applicant’s choice to be test-optional is binding and will not be changed.

Q. What if my high school does not use a 4.0 GPA scale? How will I know if I have a 3.5 GPA based on that scale?
A: Rowan recommends that any student who is unsure if they have a 3.5 GPA (on the 4.0 scale) should consult their high school guidance counselor or college and career center.  

For more information, contact admissions: admissions@rowan.edu