Test Optional Policy

Beginning with the incoming class of 2014, the submission of the SAT and ACT standardized test scores is optional for admission. Saint Joseph’s University chose this new criterion in order to support the Jesuit mission of providing the opportunity of education to all talented students. Our admission evaluation will be a review of the student as a whole person. Academic information, recommendations, and the record of extracurricular involvement and evidence of special talent, leadership and service will be reviewed. Students will continue to have the option to submit an SAT or ACT score if they want additional representation presented to the admissions committee. 

What we look for in our students:

Saint Joseph’s University will continue to take a holistic approach when reviewing applications for admission. A variety of factors are considered during the application process including, but not limited to strength of high school, rigor of academic curriculum, service, and overall academic achievement and community involvement. The variety of factors aids the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in its goal of building a class of intellectually curious students that will contribute to our campus community.


I want to submit my test scores; will I still be able to do so?

Yes, we welcome students who feel as though their standardized test scores enhance their admissions application to send us official test scores.

Do I need to submit additional supporting documents if I am a test optional applicant?

No, simply indicate on your application that you wish to be a test optional applicant. Please note that those students who take a standardized test will be required to submit those scores upon enrollment. The scores will be used for assessment of our four-year pilot program of our test optional policy.

Will international students need to submit standardized test scores?

International students who are from non-English speaking countries must submit either a TOEFL or SAT/ACT language to indicate English proficiency. 

Does this policy include transfer students?

Students applying to transfer to SJU with less than 24 earned transferable credits have the option to submit SAT and ACT scores for consideration in the admissions process. 

Will test optional applicants be eligible for merit scholarship?

Yes, test optional students will still be considered for merit scholarships. However, there will be certain scholarships that require a student to submit their test scores. Please see our scholarship listings for more information.