Test-optional simply means SAT and/or ACT scores are not required for students applying for full-time undergraduate admission. First-year students who do not submit standardized test scores are required to submit an additional teacher recommendation and/or personal essay.
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.
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.
Will academic scholarships be a part of the test-optional policy?
Yes, SAT and ACT scores will not be required for students who are competing for academic merit-based scholarships.
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.