Joining a growing number of colleges and universities across the nation, the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) adopted a Test Optional Admission Policy, effective August 1, 2015.
This means that students do not have to submit SAT or ACT scores when applying for admission. Admission to USJ is based primarily on a student’s achievement in a strong high school curriculum, which has been found to be the best predictor of success at the University.
As a general guideline, students who choose not to submit their SAT/ACT scores with their application to USJ and expect to be admitted should present the following:
Presenting such an application will ensure that USJ’s Admissions staff has the ability to make a holistic decision on the student’s application. Interviews are also strongly recommended for students not submitting SAT/ACT scores, but are not required as part of the application process.
Certain exceptions to the Test Optional Admission Policy apply. Students applying to the following programs, scholarships, or with the following circumstances are required to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the Admissions process:
Note: All admitted applicants will be required to submit their SAT or ACT test scores in late spring of the high school senior year in order to facilitate advising and course registration for fall semester.
Yes. Applicants who wish to be considered for the Honors, direct-entry Nursing, Pre-Nursing, 3+3 Pharmacy, or pre-Physician Assistant Programs are required to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their admission applications. Applicants who wish to be considered for Academic Merit Scholarship or who have been home schooled during high school must also submit test scores.
An academic unit is considered a full-year academic course. The following subjects are considered to be academic courses: English, Foreign Language, Math, Natural Science, and Social Studies.
A one year course = 1 academic unit
A one semester course = ½ academic unit
Two one semester courses = 1 academic unit
USJ wants your highest test scores. This means that we will consider only the highest Critical Reading and Math SAT scores or highest English, Reading, Math, Science, and Composite ACT scores submitted by the applicant, regardless of whether you achieved the individual highest scores on the same test date. Please consider all of your highest individual SAT or ACT results before choosing not to submit your scores.
Yes. Students who believe their SAT or ACT scores accurately represent their academic ability and potential and strengthen their overall application are encouraged to submit their standardized test scores as part of the admission process.
No transfer student must submit standardized test scores for admission purposes. However, transfer students with less than 24 college credits must submit SAT or ACT test scores to be used in the advising and course registration process prior to their first semester of enrollment.
Yes. If an international student chooses not to submit SAT or ACT scores, the applicant is required to submit either TOEFL or IELTS English Language test scores with their application. If an international student chooses to submit their SAT scores, TOEFL/IELTS scores are not required.
The University of Saint Joseph, including the Gengras Center School and the School for Young Children, is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. and the State of Connecticut Office of Higher Education. The University of Saint Joseph prohibits discrimination against any persons on account of their race, color, religious creed, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, transgender status, marital status, national origin, ancestry, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability, or physical disability), genetic information, homelessness, prior conviction of a crime, or any other characteristic protected by law, in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and employment practices (unless there is a bona fide occupational qualification related to employment).
Inquiries concerning the University’s non-discrimination policies may be referred to Deborah Spencer, Human Resources director /Title IX coordinator, telephone 860.231.5390 or email [email protected], or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston Mass 02109, telephone 617.289.0111, TDD 800.877.8339, fax 617.289.0150, or email [email protected]. More information.