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 not required)
- SAT (Optional essay not required)
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.
As of November 2017, Stevenson will accept self-reported scores for admission and scholarship consideration.
There are two ways for students to self-report their scores:
- Include your scores in the testing section of the Common Application or Stevenson’s online application.
- Send a screenshot of your scores from your collegeboard.org or act.org account or send a photo of your paper student score report(s) to email@example.com. The e-mail should include your full name and mailing address to ensure we can match your scores to your application.
If you choose to enroll at Stevenson, we will require an official score report verifying your self-reported scores by July 15. Admissions will verify scores for those enrolling and any inconsistency could result in your offer being rescinded. Official score reports can come from the College Board, ACT, or via communication from your high school counselor.
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. Self-reported or official SAT or ACT score is required for the application to be complete. More information on Stevenson’s application deadlines and requirements at stevenson.edu/apply.
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)||December 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 or plan to self-report as soon as you receive your scores. Official score reports requested after you receive your scores take 2-3 weeks for us to receive and may cause you to miss your preferred consideration deadline.
For the 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.
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 best score (superscored SAT or highest available ACT composite) and will use that score in our review.
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