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In consideration of the uncertainty around standardized testing and the limited availability of testing centers due to COVID-19, John Carroll University is pleased to announce we will be test optional for fall 2021 applicants. John Carroll’s leadership understands the challenges students face during the pandemic, namely, lack of testing dates and locations, the inability to prepare for tests, and the sense of urgency to complete the test in a compressed time frame. 

“We empathize with the challenges facing students during these uncertain times,” said Stephanie Levenson, vice president for enrollment management. “We hope these accommodations remove one area of stress from the lives of our prospective students and their families. Our goal is to allow students to focus on academic success during their senior year without worrying about the uncertainties around the ACT and SAT testing process.”

Those students who are unable to submit standardized test results are assured that they will not be at a disadvantage in the University’s admission process. While reviewing applications that do not include standardized test results, greater emphasis will be placed on other required application credentials. These include academic performance, rigor of coursework, personal statements, recommendations and co-curricular involvement.

Although not a requirement during the 2020-21 academic year application period, students who submit standardized testing results will have their scores considered as one component of the application process. The University will continue to strive to uphold the values that make a Jesuit education purposeful. 

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