Test-optional admission

Show us your best "you"

Every Jaguar’s spots are different – they’re what make us unique. At IUPUI, we recognize that some students may excel with standardized testing, whereas others don’t. We also know that not everyone will have the resources required for a top-tier SAT or ACT score, not to mention that some students just haven't had the opportunity to take one of the exams due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Providing access and options is key to IUPUI’s culture, as is our commitment to removing barriers to help you reach your dreams. That’s why when it comes to your admission to IUPUI, we want to see what you feel should best represent you as a future Jaguar. When applying for freshman admission to IUPUI, you have the choice as to whether or not you should submit your SAT or ACT scores for review.  

3.49Average high school GPA of an incoming freshman

1120Average SAT score of an incoming freshman

22Average ACT score of an incoming freshman

Frequently asked questions about test-optional admission

We want to make sure you're considering your options for admission with informed decisions. Below are answers to some of the questions students like you have asked us. Have a question not listed here?  Your admissions counselor can help!

Test-optional admission is a path offered by IUPUI that allows you to choose whether or not to apply for admission with SAT or ACT scores. The purpose of this option is to give students who do not feel their academics are represented by their standardized test scores a path to IUPUI.

Additionally, given the cancellation of SAT and ACT dates due to the pandemic, this option provides students the opportunity for admission to IUPUI, without being penalized for circumstances out of their control. 

As a high school student, you have two great resources available to help you determine which path is the best when it comes to your circumstances:

  • Talk to your counselor at your high school, they'll be able help guide your decision based on your academics and their invaluable experience helping students in your school who are asking the same questions.
  • Your IUPUI admissions counselor can also help you weigh the pros and cons of each path, and what it might mean for your future as a Jaguar.

 

No. While the SAT and ACT have long been a component of the admissions process, IUPUI has not denied admission to the University based on test scores alone. 

If you choose test-inclusive admission to IUPUI, and improve your SAT or ACT again at a later date, you can have your new scores sent to us. We'll then update your record with the new scores, as well as review you for any upgrades to your admission. 

If you applied for fall 2021 and haven't been able to take the SAT or ACT, we have updated our process to allow you to apply test-optional and if you wish, have your scores considered later. If you would like to pursue this option, please complete the form below.

PLEASE NOTE: Only update your test-optional selection if you have already submitted your application and need to change your selection regarding whether or not you want to have your test scores considered as a part of your admission review. If you don't want to change the selection you made on your application, do not complete this form.

Change your test-optional selection

A complete application consists of the following, depending on which path you choose:

Applying with test scores:

  • An application for admission completed through the Apply IU online application or the Common Application.
  • A high school transcript that includes your senior schedule, sent electronically from your high school
  • SAT or ACT scores, self-reported or sent electronically from the testing agency
  • A 200 to 400-word admissions essay
  • A non-refundable $65 application fee

Applying without test scores:

  • An application for admission completed through the Apply IU online application or the Common Application.
  • A high school transcript that includes your senior schedule, sent electronically from your high school
  • A 200 to 400-word admissions essay
  • A non-refundable $65 application fee

If you apply for admission without test scores, IUPUI will still review your application for admission without taking your test scores into account.

No. IUPUI accepts and reviews the SAT and ACT equally. We recommend that you look at the differences of both tests and take the one that best suits your strengths.

Yes. If you decide to submit your SAT or ACT scores, IUPUI will take the result you receive from each component of the SAT or ACT and review them with your admission as a superscore.

Yes. Test-optional refers to the SAT and ACT exams, and those tests are not required for admission or for our international student merit-based scholarships. However, international students may need to provide proof of English proficiency, which could require the submission of TOEFL, IELTS, or DET test scores. If you do submit SAT or ACT scores, we will consider a SAT (Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing) score of 410 or an ACT (English) of 17 as proof of English proficiency. For further details, please visit international admissions on the Office of International Affairs website.