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Test Optional

Policy on Test Optional Admission

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:

  • Completed application
  • Unweighted cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (this GPA includes only English, Foreign Language, Math, Natural Science and Social Studies courses)
  • College preparatory curriculum that results in 18 academic units over four high school years
  • Senior year course schedule that includes at least four academic courses resulting in four academic units
  • Solid essay
  • Strong teacher recommendation in one of the five core disciplines outlined above

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:

  • The Honors Program
  • The Direct-entry Nursing Program
  • Pre-Nursing Program
  • The 3+3 Pharmacy Program
  • Health Science (Direct-entry PA)
  • Academic Merit Scholarship
  • Any students home schooled during high school
  • International students

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.


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