Marymount Adopts Test-Optional Admissions

Marymount University no longer requires ACT or SAT test scores from high school applicants with a grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0, providing an admissions alternative to students who don’t think their scores adequately reflect their academic achievement or potential.

The move serves two broad purposes that are consistent with the mission and values of Marymount, said Francesca Reed, the university’s associate vice president for enrollment management.

“It will allow for a more holistic view of a student’s academic achievement and attract a broader pool of qualified, interested students who have a strong record of academic success in high school,” Reed said.

She added that, unlike SAT/ACT scores, high school grade point averages are a significant predictor of success at Marymount.

Reed said the change will have longterm benefits for the university by broadening the geographic applicant pool and will most likely increase the number of first-generation-to-college enrollees, as well as all categories of minority students and students with learning differences.

The change begins with the class enrolling in fall 2016. Standardized test scores will still be required from those applying for certain programs, such as Honors, Physical Therapy, Clare Booth Luce, and Forensic and Legal Psychology Scholars. Home schooled applicants will also be asked to submit test scores.

According to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, more than 850 accredited, bachelor-degree granting schools no longer require all applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores.