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NEW for Fall 2015: Test Optional Admission for Liberal Arts 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. We are pleased to offer a new opportunity for those freshman applicants for Fall 2015.

If you do not have standardized test scores, or believe your scores do not reflect your academic achievement and ability to be successful in our College of Liberal Arts, you may choose to apply as a Test Optional Candidate. You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, college preparatory curriculum, extracurricular involvement, and submit our standard essay.

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 only?

A: The majority of colleges that have test optional admission are Liberal Arts institutions. Our internal research on the efficacy of this initiative was within our College of Liberal Arts. There is no plan at this time to extend this program to other programs or schools within the University.

Q: When does it go into effect?

A: Applicants for Fall 2015.

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 students: Minimum cumulative GPA of least 3.0, college preparatory curriculum, extracurricular involvement and submission of our standard essay.

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.