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Test-Optional Policy

Application review that focuses on you.

Many aspects of life have been upended by the pandemic, and this includes the college planning process. In response to cancelled or delayed ACT and SAT administrations, we welcome applications submitted without scores. Key details to help you decide if this is the right option for you:

  • No student will be penalized in the admission or merit scholarship process by applying test-optional.
  • If you choose to submit scores post-admission, we will review to see if you are eligible for a merit scholarship increase (scores must be received by February 28, 2022). No merit scholarship would be taken away because of test scores submitted post-admission.
  • Enrolling students will be required to submit official ACT or SAT scores for advising purposes.
  • Contact your admissions counselor with any questions or concerns.

More Information About Testing Policies

Creighton University’s application review process reflects our values as a Catholic, Jesuit institution. As such, we maintain and value a holistic review of all submitted application materials. We believe the full evaluation of a high school record is the best way to demonstrate a student’s preparedness and academic abilities over time. Our process also values the use of standardized tests as a piece of the review process to level-set the variance of curriculum offered at schools throughout the country.

That said, some applicants may feel that an ACT or SAT score doesn’t fully reflect their academic abilities. There is sufficient evidence that there can be some inherent bias in standardized testing. If this is case for you, you may choose to select Creighton’s test-optional method of application. We welcome any student, regardless of testing plan, to submit additional materials that they feel best highlights their skills, talents, and potential contributions to Creighton.

For students electing to send scores, the SAT, ACT, and other standard measures can continue to be an important part of Creighton University’s holistic admissions process. Standardized test scores are a required part of the application process at many other selective colleges and universities. These tests can provide valuable information about a student. If a student chooses to include these scores in their application review, we will consider them, along with all other materials in a student’s application.

Applicants who feel their ACT or SAT score does not accurately reflect their ability to be successful at Creighton or who have been unable to take the ACT or SAT due to the pandemic may elect to apply test-optional. If you have questions about whether or not this is right for you, contact your admissions counselor.

Bluejay Praise

"Creighton cares. They want their students to be safe, happy and healthy. Opportunities are given to all students so that they can achieve any and all goals that they desire. If you have a question, there is always someone there to answer it. If you have a concern, there is always someone there to hear you voice it." 
— Sarah Starkey | Political Science/Law '18 / Rochester, NH

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