Test Optional Policy

The University of New Haven does not require students interested in most of our academic programs to submit SAT/ACT scores. As a student-first institution that deeply cares for education to be both personal and pragmatic, the University of New Haven strives to empower students to achieve excellence and success. By having a test optional policy, we want students to determine if their SAT/ACT scores are an accurate representation of their academic ability. If they feel that their SAT/ACT scores are not, they will not be penalized during admission review if they do not submit test scores.

Are there academic programs that require test scores for admission?

Yes. The University of New Haven requires students to submit SAT/ACT scores when applying to any of the following programs:

In addition to the academic programs listed above, are there any groups of applicants that will still be required to submit standardized test scores?
  • Home schooled students are still required to submit SAT or ACT scores.
  • International students are still required to submit at least one of the following: SAT, ACT, IETLS, or TOEFL scores.
  • Prospective student-athletes for any of our NCAA Division II athletic teams.
How does the test optional policy affect scholarships and financial aid?

Merit scholarships and need-based aid programs are available to all eligible applicants should they meet the appropriate criteria. Merit scholarship awards range from $10,000-$24,000 annually, and 95% of University of New Haven students receive some form of need-based aid.

The potential for increased scholarship opportunities are available to students who submit strong SAT/ACT scores, but all students will be evaluated for scholarships even if they do not submit SAT/ACT scores.

What is the procedure in choosing to submit or not submit my SAT/ACT scores?

The University of New Haven is exclusively using the Common Application. In the member questions section of the Common Application that states, “Please indicate if you would like to have your SAT or ACT scores taken into consideration when your application is reviewed for admission and merit-based scholarships,” you may select from the following:

  • Consider my SAT and/or ACT results.
  • Do not consider my SAT and/or ACT results.
Are there additional steps to complete if I choose not to submit my SAT/ACT scores?

Yes. Students who choose not to submit test scores must submit a written statement that describes why their test scores are not an accurate reflection of their academic ability.

An admission interview is encouraged for students who do not submit test scores. Admissions interviews may be scheduled on campus, regionally, or via phone.