Test Optional Appications

Lewis University has adopted a test-optional admission policy for incoming freshman for all programs except nursing.  We acknowledge that test scores often do not portray the full ability and potential for academic success. In lieu of ACT or SAT scores, test optional applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a personal statement or graded school assignment as part of their application documents.  Test Optional applicants will not be required to submit standardized test scores from the ACT or SAT to gain admission or be considered for merit scholarships, but official scores will be requested before enrolling at Lewis for course placement purposes.


How do I know if I should apply test-optional?
Students who are satisfied with their test score and/or believe the score could strengthen their application are highly encouraged to submit official test reports.

Students who do not feel their test score is an accurate reflection of their potential and would rather be reviewed primarily from their strong academic record may choose to apply test-optional.

What if my scores are sent from a testing agency or included on my transcripts?
If the student applies test-optional, test scores will be ignored for admissions purposes.

How will Lewis evaluate students who do not submit test scores?
Our holistic review process will include an analysis of factors such as strength of courses, achievement in honors/AP courses, grade trends in subject areas, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and writing ability. 

Are there any students who cannot apply test-optional?
Nursing applicants are required to submit test scores as part of their application documents.

Additionally, students interested in the Early Acceptance Program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) must submit scores as part of the LECOM review, although they may be considered for test-optional admission to Lewis.

Will I be considered for scholarships if I apply test-optional?
All admitted students will be considered for merit scholarships, regardless of test score submission.

If I commit to Lewis, will I need to submit my ACT or SAT scores?
Test scores are required prior to registering for Lewis courses.  At that point, scores are used for course placements institutional data and research purposes.