DU’s decision to move to a test-optional policy:
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This policy change aligns with our admission philosophy and supports DU’s vision to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. As stated by Chancellor Emerita Rebecca Chopp, “The University of Denver is committed to access, equity and diversity, and this decision strengthens that commitment. A test-optional admissions process aligns with our strategic plan, , by removing barriers for those who may lack standardized test-prep resources but who are exceptional students.”
Choosing whether or not to submit test scores for consideration:
We encourage you to take the SAT and/or ACT standardized tests. Once you receive your results, if you think your scores are an accurate representation of your ability, please send them our way. We will consider these scores along with all other materials in your application file – staying consistent with our holistic review process.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How to apply test-optional:
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How do we evaluate students who do not submit standardized test scores?
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Will I be at a disadvantage if I decide not to submit standardized test scores?
No. There will be no negative impact on your application, and you will be considered for merit scholarships.
Why would a student submit standardized test scores if they don’t have to?
For some students, their test scores accurately reflect their academic abilities and might even give a more complete picture of achievement and potential.
Will I be eligible for merit scholarships if I apply test-optional?
Yes, all applicants are eligible for merit awards. Our top awards are very competitive, but all applicants, with or without standardized testing, will be considered for merit scholarships. Notification regarding merit aid is included in the admission decision letter.
Exceptions to the test-optional policy:
- Applicants who are homeschooled or who attend non-graded schools are required to submit official ACT or SAT scores.
- Prospective NCAA Division I student-athletes are required to submit standardized (ACT/SAT) test scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center for NCAA initial-eligibility purposes. However, prospective student-athletes may choose to apply for admission to DU as test optional applicants.
- Applicants who would like to be considered for the are required to submit official ACT or SAT scores.
- International applicants who are non-native English speakers must submit an acceptable score on either the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced) to be admitted into a degree program. Those admitted conditionally (without proof of English proficiency) must submit sufficient scores by July 1. After this date, students will begin their studies at the English Language Center before enrolling in their degree programs. Details on English proficiency requirements and exemptions for international applicants can be found here.