1. Why is submitting standardized test scores optional?

Every application submitted to Xavier receives a holistic review. This means every piece of your application is reviewed and considered in order to make a decision. One single item does not determine your admissibility, and a test-optional policy allows students to demonstrate their abilities in other ways.

2. How do I know if I should apply test-optional?

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

In weighing your options, consider the information below as a guide:

  • Class of 2023
  • Middle 50% GPA: 3.29-3.99
  • Middle 50% ACT: 22-28
  • Middle 50% SAT: 1110-1310

You will be asked to indicate whether or not you are applying test-optional on the Common Application, within the Xavier-specific questions.

3. What if my scores are sent from a testing agency or included on my transcripts?

If you choose to apply test-optional, your application for admission will be reviewed without considering scores, even if they are included in your record. Remember that you must indicate whether or not you are applying test-optional on the Common Application, within the Xavier-specific questions.

4. How will Xavier evaluate students who do not submit test scores?

Xavier utilizes a holistic review for every student, regardless of the decision to submit test scores. For this reason, the review process will be very similar for all applications. Xavier considers many things in this process including, but not limited to, strength of high school coursework, achievement in honors-level courses, grade trends, writing ability, co-curricular activities (including work and home responsibilities), and community involvement.

5. Are there any students who cannot apply test-optional?

Yes, the categories below require submission of ACT or SAT scores.

Student athletes and home-schooled students are required to submit SAT or ACT scores for admission to Xavier.

SAT or ACT scores are required for acceptance into the following majors :

  • Nursing
  • Classics and Philosophy Honors Bachelor of Arts (CPHAB) (honors)
  • Philosophy, Politics and The Public (PPP) (honors)

In addition, while students can be admitted to Xavier test-optional, scores must still be submitted for consideration for competitive scholarships and honors programs (CPHAB, PPP, Smith Scholars, and University Scholars). 

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 Xavier.  

6. 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. However, scores are required for Competitive Scholarship application. ( www.xavier.edu/scholarships )

7. If I commit to Xavier, will I need to submit my ACT or SAT scores?

Yes, if you have taken the ACT or SAT, score submission is requested for research purposes, and will not impact your admission decision.