Xavier Moves to Test Optional Admissions Review

Aug 26, 2019

Joining a national movement, Xavier University will no longer require students to submit an SAT or ACT score in order to be considered for enrollment.

 “Every undergraduate application submitted to Xavier already receives a holistic review. This means every piece of an application is reviewed and considered in order to make a decision. One single item does not determine admissibility, and a test-optional policy allows students to demonstrate their abilities in other ways,” shared Aaron Meis, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success. 

 “If students believe their test scores are indicative of their academic achievement, then Xavier is happy to consider them as part of the application. However, if students have a strong academic record demonstrated by above average grades in challenging courses, but do not feel their test results are a good reflection of their academic performance, students can choose not to submit them.”

 More than half of all Jesuit universities in the country have already or are also moving to a test-optional status. And, there are now more than 1,000 colleges and universities in the United States that have become test optional.

 Xavier University is already accepting applications for 2020. Students can find out more about Xavier's application process on our website.


Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Founded in 1831, the university is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master’s-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the “Best Colleges in America.”