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Test Optional Admission

For first-year students and transfer students entering Wofford starting in the Fall of 2018, submission of ACT or SAT scores are optional for admission purposes. More than half of U.S. News & World Report’s Top 100 national liberal arts colleges are now test optional; Wofford is 77th on the Top 100 list.

Why Test Optional?

We consider a number of different factors when students apply for admission to Wofford. These factors include high school grades, course selection, activities, an essay and recommendations. Consistently, a student’s high school GPA has been the best predictor of academic success at Wofford. We are very confident we can continue to make sound admission decisions without standardized test scores. In order to help us continue studying how predictive the SAT and ACT are in first-year success, we will collect test scores of applicants after all admission and financial aid decisions are made. 

 How Does Wofford Evaluate an Application Without a Test Score?

Wofford considers the following components to make an admission decision:

  • Common Application
  • High School Transcript
  • High School Report Form
  • Essay
  • Activities 
  • Recommendations (Optional)

 

Test scores, if submitted, will be added to these factors.

Can I Still be Considered for Merit-Based Aid Without Submitting My Scores?

Yes! All applicants, regardless of whether or no they submitted scores, will be evaluated for merit-based aid. However, if you are nominated to be a Wofford Scholar, you must submit your standardized test scores. 

 How Do I Know if I Should Submit My Scores?

If you’re pleased with your SAT or ACT scores and think they reflect your academic ability, you may submit them for consideration. However, test scores are not required. All applications will be reviewed for admission and merit-based financial aid with or without test scores.

If you are unsure of whether you wish to submit your test scores for consideration, you may contact your Admission Counselor. Don't know who your counselor is? Find out here

Students who entered Wofford in the fall of 2017 reported scores listed below:

 SAT Mid 50%        1130-1310              ACT Mid 50%         24-30

All students accepted for admission to Wofford the fall of 2017 reported scores listed below: 

SAT Mid 50%           1170-1300            ACT Mid 50%          26-30

 

For additional information on Wofford's first year profile, please click here.

I Am an International Student. Do I Need to Submit My Scores?

Yes, all international students are still required to submit scores as part of the admission process. 

I am a transfer student. How will you evaluate my application? 

Check out our transfer applicant page for more information. 

Want more info about the trend to test optional admission? Visit FairTest.org.