Test Optional Information

USD's decision to become a test-optional university:

In conjunction with our commitment to a holistic review of each applicant, as well as the goals and pathways set forth by USD's Envision 2024 strategic plan, USD will be adopting a test-optional admission policy, effective immediately.

In reviewing the more than 13,000 applications for the first-year class, we have always looked to admit students who are Changemakers and want to make a difference in the world. We recognize there are many personal qualities that are not measured by standardized test scores. During the application process, applicants will have plenty of opportunities to demonstrate not only academic successes but also success in the areas of leadership, community engagement, commitment to social justice, appreciation of diverse viewpoints, and gaining a global perspective. Should an applicant still wish to submit their official SAT/ACT scores for review, they may choose to do so. To learn more about the review process, we encourage you to visit our page on What We Look For in an Applicant.

What this means for you:

We encourage you to consider whether or submitting SAT/ACT scores is the right decision for you. It's important to note that applicants who choose not to submit test scores will not be penalized for making this choice. Additionally, applicants are not required to submit official test scores to be considered for a merit scholarship.

If you're still wondering if submitting test scores is the right choice for you, we recommend reviewing our academic profile. This profile will show you the average standardized test scores from past years. We also encourage you to ask yourself if submitting test scores will give our admissions team a greater view of your strengths as an applicant.

We believe that the majority of USD's applicants will continue to submit their test scores for review. Our choice to become a test-optional university is rooted in providing you greater ability to choose how to represent yourself and your potential as a future USD Torero.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Who can apply test optional?
  • How will my application be reviewed if I apply test optional?
  • Will I still be eligible for merit scholarships?
  • Should I submit my test scores?
  • How do I apply test optional?