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Test-Optional Policy

Elmira College has adopted a test-optional admission policy for first-year undergraduate applicants, beginning with the fall 2016 entry year. 

Based upon research and experience, Elmira College believes that neither the SAT nor ACT fully evaluates a student’s ability to excel in the classroom.  In fact, a student’s secondary school GPA has been a better indicator of success at Elmira College.

The Elmira College Office of Admissions will continue to accept standardized test scores from students who believe their results are indicative of their academic abilities to succeed in college.  If, however, students do not believe the standardized test scores represent their academic abilities to succeed, they are encouraged to withhold the submission of these scores. 

What documents will be used to evaluate applicants?

All first-year students must submit official high school transcripts, academic letter of recommendation, personal statement. An on-campus interview is highly recommended.  If students submit the SAT or ACT, those scores will be used in their evaluation.

What other colleges and universities use an optional SAT/ACT policy?

At this time more than 800 four-year accredited colleges and universities do not require the SAT/ACT for admission.