Test-optional simply means SAT and/or ACT scores are not required for students applying for full-time undergraduate admission.
We believe that students should have the ability to decide how best to present themselves to the admission committee and whether—or not—their standardized test results accurately reflect their academic ability, achievements, and potential. Our goal is to ensure that the Jesuit education offered at Loyola is accessible to all high-achieving, motivated students entering college today, regardless of how they may have performed on one standardized test.
At Loyola, we know the best predictor of a student's success in college is their academic record. Therefore, the school transcript continues to be the primary focus of our application review, with or without standardized test scores. If you choose not to submit scores, you'll still be eligible for admission to the Honors Program and to receive all available merit-based scholarships. Alternatively, if you believe your scores are a particularly strong component of your profile as an applicant, and representative of your academic achievements, then we encourage you to submit them with your application.
Test-Optional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
May I submit my test scores if I would like to?
Students who believe their SAT scores represent a strong, positive component of their academic portfolio may still submit them as a core element of their application package.
Do I still qualify for scholarships if I apply test optional?
Yes! All of our students are considered for our merit scholarships, whether or not they submit their scores. No separate application, no separate deadline.
Does it hurt my chances of getting in if I apply test optional?
No! Loyola has been test-optional since 2009, so we are very familiar with evaluating students for admission both with and without their test scores. Students who apply test optional are still eligible for merit scholarship consideration and are not required to submit any additional supplemental materials.
Will transfer students need to provide standardized test scores?
Transfer students who apply to Loyola do not need to provide SAT, SAT subject tests, or ACT scores unless they choose to do so.
Will international students need to provide standardized test scores?
International students who apply to Loyola do not need to provide SAT, SAT subject tests, or ACT scores unless they choose to do so. However, if English is not the student's native language, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required.
Will homeschooled students need to provide standardized test scores?
Yes, homeschooled students are required to submit SAT or ACT scores for consideration of admission and academic scholarships.
May recruited student-athletes apply test-optional?
Yes, student-athletes are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores for consideration of admission and academic scholarships. However, scores will be requested of recruited athletes to calculate the Academic Index for the Patriot League. If a student applies test-optional, these scores will not be reviewed in the admission process. In addition, Division I student-athletes ARE required to submit official scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center in order to be declared eligible for competition.