IU South Bend has adopted a test-optional admissions policy beginning with the 2021 terms (Spring 2021 forward). Students applying August 1, 2020 for undergraduate admission can choose at the point of application whether to have SAT or ACT test scores considered as part of the application.
Research indicates that for most students, high school GPA paired with test scores provides the best prediction of academic success at Indiana University. However, for some students a standardized test score may not show all that they are capable of and tell the full story of their potential. Review the information below to learn more and decide on the best path for you.
Some applicants may feel that their standardized test scores do not accurately reflect their academic achievement and potential. A test-optional admissions policy allows you to choose whether or not your SAT or ACT test scores will be considered as part of your admission review.
IU South Bend will continue to review your file with a focus on your curriculum and the grades earned in your academic coursework, as well as performance in honors, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement and college dual enrollment courses.
If you are an undergraduate applicant applying for the 2021 terms or forward, you can decide whether to have your test scores considered as part of your admission review. The application that allows you to choose test-optional admission will open on August 1, 2020.
We evaluate each application holistically and individually and do not have a formula for whether or not you should choose to have your test scores considered. However, we are happy to help you fully consider your options.
We encourage you to reflect on your overall academic performance in high school, with specific attention to your performance in college preparatory courses. If you have a strong academic record with an above-average GPA but do not feel that your test results reflect your full potential, you may choose to apply test-optional. If, however, your test scores may provide additional insight into your overall academic record we invite you to have your test scores considered.
In some instances, IU South Bend may offer admission to opt-in applicants before receiving test scores, although a test score may be required to meet certain scholarship eligibility requirements.
Beginning August 1, 2020 you will have the option to self-report your test scores in your application to IU. Self-reporting allows applicants who wish to have their standardized test scores considered as part of their admissions review to self-report their scores instead of requiring that scores be sent from official testing agencies. If offered, admission will be contingent upon receipt of test scores from official testing agencies, which must match or be higher than those self-reported during the admission process.
No. However, please note that our Titan scholarships and certain other merit-based scholarships require submission of test scores in order to be considered for an award.
When you complete your application for admission, you will have the opportunity to select whether or not your test scores will be considered as a part of your admission review. You cannot change your option after the application is submitted.
If you indicate on your application that you do not want your test scores considered on your application, your test scores will not be included as part of your admission review—even if we receive scores from a testing agency or on your high school transcript.
Yes, in some instances. The Honors Program, for example, will no longer require a test score for direct admission to the program at time of admission. The Titan scholarships, certain scholarships that require submission of the Online Scholarship Application (OSA), and the Chancellor Merit Award will require a standardized test score. Please review the IU South Bend Scholarships website for more information about which scholarships require a standardized test score.
We invite you to reach out to an admission counselor directly or to contact the Office of Admissions at 574-520-4839 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the application process.