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Test-Optional FAQ

Due to testing challenges related to COVID-19, undergraduate applicants for the 2021-22 admission cycle may choose to have their application reviewed for admission with or without the submission of SAT or ACT scores.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions with answers regarding the NSU test-optional policy for undergraduate admissions. 

Test-optional means that as an applicant, you have the choice between having your application reviewed for undergraduate admission by either submitting or not submitting SAT and/or ACT scores. Once you submit your application for admission, your test-optional choice is confirmed and cannot be changed. 

Please note that the NSU Dual Admission Program is also offering test-optional consideration, and additional requirements will apply.

As you're applying for undergraduate admission, you will choose to apply utilizing either the Common App or the Shark Select application. In either application, you will be asked to select your "Preferred Testing Plan."   

To have your application reviewed as a test-optional candidate, you will select: "No, I do not intend to submit official ACT or SAT scores as part of my application (I am applying as a test-optional candidate)."

At this time, the NCAA Eligibility Center is waiving the standardized test score requirement for incoming freshman student-athletes for the 2021-22 academic year due to COVID-19. NSU follows all NCAA Division II rules and requirements.

Refer to the NCAA Eligibility Center for the most up-to-date information.

Not at this time. The test-optional policy will be reviewed for the possibility of any future admission cycles in 2021 and will be decided upon before the 2022-23 admission cycle opens.

Besides submitting your high school transcript, no additional documents are required to apply for admission to NSU.

NSU reviews applications holistically and takes all documentation into consideration. We highly recommended that you complete all application fields, including extra-curricular involvement, awards, leadership opportunities, and provide at least one letter of recommendation. The essay is currently optional. If you feel that an essay will benefit your application, we recommend submitting it.

No. NSU’s merit-based scholarships will not require SAT and/or ACT scores for consideration. 

No. Students applying with or without test scores are considered equally for merit-based scholarships.

If you choose to have your application for admission reviewed as test-optional, any test scores received will not be considered as part of the admission evaluation process.

Each Dual Admission Program will also offer test-optional admission for the 2021-22 admission cycle. This means you may apply for dual admission consideration with or without test scores. If you choose to apply for dual admission consideration as test-optional, additional requirements will apply. Review a specific Dual Admission Program for requirements.

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