Joyce Lantz | February 9, 2021
The University of Notre Dame will continue with a test-optional policy for the 2022 and 2023 application years. First-year and transfer applicants will not be required to submit standardized test scores as part of their application for undergraduate admission. This is a continuation of the test-optional plan introduced for the 2021 applicant pool in response to the impact of the global pandemic on the accessibility of standardized testing.
Don Bishop, associate vice president of undergraduate enrollment, explained, “Notre Dame has always been committed to a holistic evaluation process. Over the past 10 years, we have been less reliant on a student’s test score in our final assessment. This year, under the leadership of Director of Admissions Christy Pratt, we feel confident that our evaluation process remains strong and we are selecting students who will find success at Notre Dame.”
He added: “Our most competitive applicants are creative intellectuals, passionate people with multiple interests. Above all else, they are involved in the classroom and in their communities. They have a driving ambition for and track record in using their energies to improve the world around them.”
The test-optional policy allows students to choose whether to submit a test score to be included in the evaluation of their application. The goal is to empower students to decide what they consider to be the strongest application to put forward to Notre Dame.
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