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Test Optional Admission for Liberal Arts and Business Freshmen

Our research has shown that there is a group of applicants for whom the SAT or ACT may not be a fair predictor of academic success based upon their motivations and high school academic accomplishments.

If you do not have SAT or ACT scores, or believe your scores do not reflect your academic achievement and ability to be successful at Duquesne, you may choose to apply as a Test Optional candidate. You must have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 within a college preparatory curriculum to be considered for admission.

FAQs:

Q: Why the Test Optional program?

A: Our research has shown that there are applicants for whom the SAT/ACT may not be a fair predictor of academic preparedness based upon their motivations and high school academic accomplishments. Other than standardized test scores that are below our requirements, these students meet or exceed our average student profile. There is very little difference between this population and those with standardized test scores - comparable GPA, class rank, and academic performance.

Test optional admission has been around for almost three decades. Other academically competitive institutions offer test optional admission and independent research shows that test optional applicants are just as successful academically.

Q: Why Liberal Arts and Business only?

A: Our internal research on the efficacy of this initiative indicates that there is a group of liberal arts and business students for which the SAT or ACT may not be a fair predictor of academic success based upon their motivation and high school academic accomplishments. There is no plan at this time to extend this program to other programs or schools within the University.

Q: How do I apply as a test optional candidate?

A: When prompted, simply indicate your intention on your application for admission to Duquesne.

Q: What are the other requirements for admission?

A: All other admission requirements are consistent with those of other liberal arts and business students: Minimum cumulative GPA of least 3.0, college preparatory curriculum, and extracurricular involvement.

Q: Will I qualify for academic scholarships?

A: Yes. Test Optional admission status has no bearing on academic scholarship consideration.


Questions? Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 412.396.6222 or admissions@duq.edu.