Notre Dame to run one-year pilot program of test-optional applications for undergrads

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame will revise its application requirements for the Class of 2025 as part of a one-year pilot program. First-year and transfer applicants will not have to submit standardized test scores as part of their undergrad application.

According to officials, this program is part of talks that the leader of Notre Dame’s admissions, scholarship and financial aid communities have been having for years.

“Notre Dame has always been committed to a holistic evaluation process. Over the past 10 years, we have been less reliant on a student’s test score in our final assessment. It’s important for members of the enrollment management community to review and analyze standardized tests, including the SAT and ACT, and their impact to the selection process in the fuller context of student success,” said Don Bishop, Associate Vice President of Enrollment.

Students will be allowed to submit a test score if they feel that it will help to create their strongest application.

“Moving to test-optional creates a pathway to Notre Dame for all students in the face of challenges brought on by the pandemic,” said Director of Admissions Christy Pratt.

International students whose native language isn’t English will still need to demonstrate proficiency.

Notre Dame will continue to follow rules and regulations from the NCAA when it comes to applications for student-athletes.

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