SOUTH ORANGE, N.J., April 14, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Seton Hall announced that students seeking undergraduate admission to the University will not be required to submit standardized test scores as part of the Fall 2022 through Fall 2026 application cycles. SAT and ACT scores will not be mandatory and Seton Hall will continue to be a "test-optional" institution.
A temporary accommodation policy was instituted last August for Fall 2021 applicants during the difficult circumstances created by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The University has decided to extend the test-optional process through Fall 2026. Acknowledging that standardized tests are not always the best indicator of student performance, this move is another way to support students through the application process by allowing more student choice in sharing academic records and achievements.
"We recognize that standardized tests are not always the best indicator of student performance and we wanted to offer the many gifted, hard-working students the ability to access a Seton Hall education," said Alyssa McCloud, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Enrollment Management.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, approximately two-thirds of four-year colleges have adopted a test-optional policy. Research has shown that these policies generally increase the size and diversity of applications for admission, without compromising later retention and graduation rates. The University will analyze how test-optional students perform through 2026 and then reevaluate the policy.
When reviewing all applications for admission, Seton Hall will take a holistic approach and take into consideration all aspects of the student's record with a heavy emphasis on the student's academic record in high school, specifically looking at grades, academic rigor, and class rank (if available). Students will have the option to apply to Seton Hall by submitting standardized test scores or electing not to submit these scores. Individual academic units and programs may continue to require standardized tests or implement separate admissions standards.
The University awards many students scholarships automatically upon admission, and students who apply test optional will receive equal consideration for these awards. Also, students can apply test optional to gain admissions to the honors and leadership programs. Applications will receive a holistic review based on the student's academic record as well as supplemental application materials required for these programs.
Interested students are invited to participate in Seton Hall's Spring Virtual Open House on April 18, during which they can attend academic presentations, a live virtual campus tour, live Q&A sessions with admissions and financial aid officers, current students faculty and deans, as well as several other departments. Register here to reserve your spot.
"Students from throughout New Jersey and around the nation are attracted to Seton Hall as an academically distinguished Catholic university with a national reputation for educating a diverse student body through the liberal arts and sciences and select professional programs. We are a nurturing community that provides outstanding opportunities for our students to thrive and meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century," said McCloud.
Seton Hall encourages students to learn more about the University and the test-optional policy by visiting http://www.shu.edu/testoptional. Families who would like further guidance are invited to speak with the admissions staff by calling (973) 313-6145 or (973) 313-6146 or emailing [email protected].
ABOUT SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
One of the country's leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been showing the world what great minds can do since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hall's academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.
Seton Hall embraces students of all religions and prepares them to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has achieved extraordinary success. Since 2009, it has seen record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth and an impressive 110-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have received more than 30 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors, including Boren Awards, Pickering Fellowships, Udall Scholarships and a Rhodes Scholarship. The University is also proud to be among the most diverse national Catholic universities in the country.
In recent years, the University has invested more than $165 million in new campus buildings and renovations. The University's beautiful main campus in suburban South Orange, N.J. is only 14 miles from New York City — offering students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Seton Hall's nationally recognized School of Law is located prominently in downtown Newark. The University's Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, N.J. opened in the summer of 2018. The IHS campus houses Seton Hall's College of Nursing, its School of Health and Medical Sciences as well as Hackensack Meridian Health's Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.
For more information, visit http://www.shu.edu.
Laurie Pine, Seton Hall University, 973.902.8060, [email protected]
SOURCE Seton Hall University