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Applying to Augustana test optional

Augustana College has been test optional since 2007.

Our institutional research shows that ACT and SAT test scores don't supersede the academic performance of prospective students, nor do standardized test scores predict your future success in college.

Students who choose to apply test-optional will still be fully eligible for academic scholarships.

Why apply test-optional

If you feel your grades and overall performance in the classroom are better indicators of your ability than your ACT or SAT score, or if you have been unable to schedule a test date prior to applying to Augustana, we encourage you to look into our test-optional admissions process. 

We know there are fewer opportunities to take the SAT or ACT given recent cancellations caused the by the COVID-19 pandemic. Students entering in the fall of 2020 will not be disadvantaged by their inability to take additional standardized tests. 

How to apply test-optional

Students who wish to apply without submitting standardized test scores must meet the following admissions requirements:

• Have an unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 or higher

• Complete an admissions interview as part of the application process either by phone, virtually, or in-person when circumstances allow

• Indicate the choice to apply test-optional on your application

Test-optional is not available to international applicants. 

If you have questions about the test-optional application process, we're here to help.


Contact the admissions office