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Admissions Testing Guidelines

Stevenson University uses and requires standardized testing as one part of a holistic review process for freshman undergraduate admission. Standardized test scores are considered in their appropriate context as one element of the application. Our Admissions Committee recognizes the limitations of using a test score to represent a student in isolation and, therefore, does not employ a minimum standardized test score requirement when making admission decisions.


The following testing is required for freshman applicants:

  • ACT (Writing test recommended, but not required)
  • SAT (Critical Reading, Math and Writing sections all considered)

Note: No preference is given to either the ACT or the SAT.

International freshman applicants whose native language is not English must submit the TOEFL or IELTS. More information on international student application requirements and recommendations are available on the Admissions Requirements page.              

ACT and SAT scores must either be sent directly from the testing agency OR submitted by the applicant’s high school counselor as part of the official high school records. Self-reported scores are not acceptable.

Redesigned SAT

The CollegeBoard has announced broad scale changes to the SAT and will start offering the Redesigned SAT in March 2016. Find more details on the Redesigned SAT on the CollegeBoard website.

We will accept scores from both the current version of the SAT and the Redesigned SAT for fall 2016 and fall 2017 applicants. Starting with fall 2018 we will expect applicants submitting the SAT to present a Redesigned SAT score.

We will not require the essay portion of the Redesigned SAT.

We will not superscore Current SAT scores with Redesigned SAT scores as there is no guarantee or expectation from the CollegeBoard that the scores will equate on the two exams. If a student presents both a Current SAT and Redesigned SAT score, we will use the concordance table the CollegeBoard plans to provide to choose the score that puts the applicant in the best light. See more information on our superscoring procedures below.

Beginning with freshman applicants for fall 2017

  • We will no longer recommend the optional Writing test for the ACT – this is still recommended, but not required for fall 2016 applicants
  • We will not require the essay portion of the Redesigned SAT

Testing Deadlines

Stevenson’s rolling admission policy allows students to test when they choose throughout the year. Admission decisions are released 3-4 weeks after a student’s application becomes complete. An official SAT or ACT score is required for the application to be complete. More information on Stevenson’s application deadlines and requirements at

The last test dates to meet specific scholarship/priority consideration deadlines are as follows:

Presidential Fellowship (Nov. 1 application deadline)October ACT or November SAT
Priority Scholarship Deadline (Dec. 1 application deadline)October ACT or November SAT
Final Scholarship Deadline (February 1 application deadline)December ACT or December SAT
Priority Application Deadline (March 1 application deadline)January SAT or February ACT

Note: If you are taking the final test date available to meet a consideration deadline, you must request to have the scores sent directly to Stevenson University when you register. You should not wait to receive your scores to send us the results. Doing so will delay us receiving your scores and may cause you to miss your preferred consideration deadline. 


For the Current SAT we will use the highest Critical Reading, Math and Writing scores in reviewing your application regardless of the dates on which those high scores were earned. For the Redesigned SAT we will use the highest Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math scores in reviewing your application regardless of the dates on which those high scores were earned. We WILL NOT superscore across the Current and Redesigned versions of the SAT.

For the ACT we will use the highest Composite score available. We do not superscore the sections of the ACT.

For students who present both SAT and ACT scores, we will use the approved concordance tables to determine the score (superscored SAT or highest available ACT composite) that puts the applicant in the best light and will use that score to review the application.


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Admissions Testing Guidelines

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