Freshman Admission Will Be Test Optional for Fall 2019

Galloway, N.J. - Stockton University will adopt a test-optional policy for freshman admission that will begin for the Fall 2019 class, and be implemented gradually over the next two years. 

Students will not be required to provide SAT or ACT scores when they apply for admission for 2019-20. Once accepted, they will have to submit standardized test scores, or take the Accuplacer subject-specific exam, to determine placement for freshman math and writing courses.

For the Fall 2019 class, Stockton will require standardized test scores for consideration into certain academic majors as well as most institutional scholarships.

Over the next academic year, Stockton will develop alternatives to SAT and ACT scores for course-placement purposes. These additional changes would go into effect for the Fall 2020 class.

The university’s decision to adopt a test-optional policy is the result of recommendations by a year-long faculty senate task force as well as research by the offices of the Provost, Enrollment Management, Planning and Research.  

“I am very pleased with the work of the faculty senate task force and I am certain this will offer an application review process that is more inclusive and more supportive of our students,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Lori Vermeulen said.

The Office of Enrollment Management will continue to use a comprehensive and integrated approach to application review, evaluating each student’s transcript, letters of recommendation, essay, and extracurricular participation.  Although Stockton does not require a minimum GPA for freshman admission, students who exhibit a consistent and rigorous academic performance throughout their high school career will be in a strong position for acceptance.  

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Diane D’Amico
Director of News and Media Relations
Galloway, N.J. 08205