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Standardized Tests

All freshman applicants must take the SAT and/or the ACT, as they provide helpful standardized context for your application as compared to our overall applicant pool. Beginning with 2017 freshman applicants, the essay portion of both exams is optional but recommended. Be assured that test scores are only one part of our application review.

We have included a lot of important information for you about this portion of our application review below. We know it’s a lot to read, but we think it’s important you hear this from us!

Testing

We encourage you to try both the ACT and the SAT. We have no preference between the two tests and believe many students find they prefer one over the other.

We also encourage you to test at least one time as a junior, if possible. Testing early allows you to get comfortable with the test and provides additional testing opportunities if you are not satisfied with your scores.

Our testing timeline is below, and if you are deferred from Early Action to Regular Decision, the dates for Regular Decision apply.

Application Round Application Deadline Last Possible Test Instance
Early Action October 15 ACT - Oct. 22, 2016
SAT - Nov. 5, 2016
Regular Decision January 1 ACT - Dec. 10, 2016
SAT - Dec. 3, 2016
Submitting Scores

You may self-report standardized test scores on your application as a temporary place holder for official scores allowing us to get a head start on review of your file. We will consider self-reported scores listed on the Common Application testing section only, as we are not able to accept self-reported scores via email, fax or the postal service.

In order to receive your admission decision in the round for which you applied, please follow the guidelines below:

  • If you self-report your scores, your official scores must be  received by January 1 for Early Action applicants and March 1 for Regular Decision applicants.
  • If you do not self-report your scores on the Common Application, your official scores must be received by the document deadline for your application round.

We recommend you send us all of your official scores as soon as possible, or no later than the time you test, to avoid missing a deadline.

  • SAT school code: 5248
  • ACT school code: 0818
Evaluating Scores for Admission

We super score within the same test, using your highest section scores from any test date. Each time you submit new scores to us, we will update your record with your highest scores. We evaluate all your sub-section scores, not just the sum or composite. When we evaluate your application for freshman admission we consider test scores as outlined below.

  • ACT - Highest section score on English, Math, Reading & Science
  • SAT* – Highest section score on Critical Reading/Evidence-Based Reading & Writing AND Math
  • Best of SAT* OR ACT

*SAT test date will be noted, along with the score, to account for differences between the old and redesigned SAT scores. We will not concord scores.

Other Standardized Tests

SAT Subject Tests, AP, IB and AS & A Level exams are optional. If you have taken any of these tests before you apply, you are welcome to submit them if you think they support your application.

TOEFL & IELTS Exams

The TOEFL and IELTS are not required but recommended for students for whom English is not their first language. Both tests are accepted with no preference between the two.

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