Test-Optional Admission

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Beginning in Fall 2019, Stockton University will be Test Optional for incoming freshmen.

The University made this decision because we recognize that standardized test scores are not always the best predictor of academic ability. Our test-optional admission policy will provide greater access to students who are successful in the classroom, regardless of test scores.

Test-Optional Admission Policy

Prospective students with a strong high school GPA may choose not to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the application process. Exceptions include the academic programs listed below, home-schooled students, international students and those wishing to be considered for freshman scholarship awards.

Stockton takes a comprehensive and integrated approach to reviewing applications by evaluating each student’s transcript, letters of recommendation, essay, extracurricular participation, and evidence of leadership and motivation. Students who show a consistent and challenging academic performance throughout their high school career will be in a solid position for admission.

Exceptions & Score Reporting

For those students choosing to include test scores with their applications, or who are applying for one of the programs listed below, standardized test scores must be sent to Stockton directly from the College Board or ACT. 

  • Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Biology/Medical Technology dual degree
  • Dual-Degree Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Dual-Degree Criminal Justice
  • Engineering dual-degree programs
  • Environmental Science
  • Dual-Degree Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Exercise Science
  • Geology
  • Health Science
  • Nursing
  • Marine Science
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering dual degree
  • Pharmacy dual degree
  • Physician Assistant dual degree
  • Accelerated Medical dual degree (Pre-Med)
  • Physics
  • Sustainability

Test-Optional Procedures

Students applying test optional should answer the Preferred Testing Plan question on The Common Application or the Stockton application with "I will NOT submit SAT or ACT scores and wish to be reviewed under Stockton's test-optional policy." 

Please note, while SAT/ACT scores are not required for test-optional admission, we encourage students to share test scores with us. SAT/ACT test results may take the place of required pre-enrollment placement tests. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

First time Freshman applicants for Fall 2019 or later.

No. In order for your application to be considered for Stockton's new-student scholarships, you must submit standardized test scores.

If you do not submit standardized test scores, you will be required to take Stockton's placement tests.

EOF applicants follow the same general test optional policy: Test scores are required for the listed exempt majors.

Yes, but only if you are applying for a test-optional eligible major.

No, not required, but if you have test scores we suggest that you do submit them; you may be exempted from taking some of Stockton's placement tests.

Yes. Neither SAT nor ACT scores are required for consideration into Stockton's Honors Program.