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Test-Optional Admissions Policy

Beginning this fall, with applicants for our incoming fall 2019 class, submission of ACT or SAT test scores for admission is optional for incoming undergraduate (first-year and transfer) student applications, except in specific circumstances.

Not just a number

Augsburg uses a holistic admissions process that includes many factors, not just numbers, to understand the complexity and potential of our students. Our application process allows us to maintain Augsburg’s academic standards and ensure we admit students with the capacity to succeed at Augsburg.

Intentional diversity

Adopting a test-optional admissions policy aligns with Augsburg’s mission of intentional diversity. Standardized test scores may not indicate potential ability for some student populations, including people without access to test preparation courses, people with learning and physical differences, and English language learners.

GPA

High school GPA (grade point average) is a strong indicator for college performance, and Augsburg will continue to use “unweighted” GPAs in the admissions process. We convert all GPAs to a 0-4.0 scale and remove any weighting for advanced or accelerated courses in order to make admissions decisions.

Strong test scores

In many circumstances, standardized test scores may have value for indicating potential ability, so students with strong test scores are still encouraged to submit them with their application. Your application will not be negatively impacted if you do not submit test scores, but strong test scores will support your application for admission.


Additional Information

Qualities in applicants

Augsburg Admissions evaluates applicants on a variety of factors, including: GPAs, the academic rigor of their coursework, their writing samples (including our short-answer questions), academic letter of recommendation, extra-curricular activities, and demonstrated leadership in their communities. We also look for evidence of self-reflection, curiosity, and persistence.

If you wish to submit your standardized test scores with your application, we would be happy to include them as part of your evaluation.

When to submit a test score

Students who feel that their standardized test scores are reflective of their academic success should feel free to submit scores as part of their Augsburg application.

Who is required to submit test scores

Applicants with Narrative Transcripts or non-letter grade evaluations, as well as applicants who are homeschooled, are still required to submit a standardized test score as part of their application.

The ACT or SAT test score may also be requested in lieu of placement tests, for admittance into certain support programs at Augsburg (such as TRiO/SSS), and may be required for eligibility for certain scholarship opportunities, such as the Promise Grant.

International students

International students will not be impacted by the change to a Test-Optional Admission Policy.

Transfer students

Transfer students are not required to send ACT or SAT scores for admission. Transfer student are still required to submit high school transcripts if they have not earned an Associate’s degree. If your standardized test scores are on the transcript, you may opt to not have the scores be considered in your admission decision.

No change to admission standards

Augsburg has always believed in a holistic assessment of applicants. Academic trends, rigor of curriculum, unweighted GPA, leadership traits, persistence, writing skills and other traits, collectively, have always been the most reliable predictors of success.

Questions

Our Admission Team is available and happy to address any questions you may have: admissions@augsburg.edu or call 612-330-1001.