Test-Optional FAQs

You’re so much more than a test score. That’s why, if you’re applying to Suffolk University, it’s up to you whether you send us your SAT or ACT results.

Suffolk University began evaluating test-optional admission in 2018, and formally announced this policy change in February 2020 for future incoming students. We strongly endorse a student-centered, holistic approach to admission, which aligns with our historical mission of providing access and opportunity for students.

If you have test scores that you feel accurately display your abilities and academic potential and can strengthen your application, we welcome you to include them. However, if your high school record alone—your courses, grades, recommendations, writing skills, and co-curricular activities—is a better indicator of your academic achievement, you don’t need to submit your scores. Please make the decision that’s best for you!

Test-Optional FAQs

Simply put, our test-optional policy lets you decide whether to submit your SAT or ACT scores as part of your admission application. You won’t be penalized for not sending us your test score results.

Research confirms that the strength of students’ high school curricula and grades are the strongest predictors of their academic success in college. Our new test-optional policy reinforces Suffolk’s commitment to understanding your overall academic experience, not just how you performed on one test. Plus, being test-optional supports our mission of providing access and opportunity to students by removing the barrier standardized exams can sometimes represent.

Our evaluation of prospective students considers a range of factors that reflect an individual's academic record. In the absence of a test score, we will carefully examine all factors of your application, including the strength of your high school; the rigor of your curriculum and grades earned in academic coursework; performance in honors, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced Placement courses; your Suffolk-specific essay; teacher and counselor recommendations; extracurricular activities; leadership; work experience; and other achievements. There will be no negative impact on your application if you choose not to submit your scores. We encourage students to take the SAT and/or ACT and then determine if submitting these scores provides a more complete picture of their academic abilities.

No, we have no supplemental component that takes the place of test scores. During the admission process, however, we will highlight and examine your academic and cocurricular achievements. Please feel free to send us any additional information that enhances your application.

Yes. We consider all applicants for merit scholarships whether or not they submit test scores.

The application process is designed for students to show our admission committee why enrollment at Suffolk University would provide a great academic and personal fit. If you feel that your test scores accurately display your abilities and academic potential, they could strengthen your application. If, however, your test scores are not a good indicator of your academic achievement throughout high school, you are not required to submit them.

While we encourage you to do so, it’s not required. Whether you submit test scores or not, you will be considered for an invitation to the Honors Program.

Typically, we require standardized testing for homeschooled students and those who have narrative or competency-based transcripts. However, if a student cannot take the SAT or ACT exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will still review them holistically for admission. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission if you cannot submit a test score by completing this form or by calling 617-573-8460. For more information regarding requirements for homeschooled students, please review our freshmen admission standards.

Students who have obtained a GED or completed the HiSET exam can apply test-optional.

International students are required to submit proof of English language proficiency under our test-flexible policy. Only one exam is needed to complete an application.

Yes! Suffolk can accept self-reported SAT and ACT scores for admission. To send us your scores they must be:

  • Emailed from your high school counselor or school official
  • Scores available on your high school transcript
  • PDF files or screen shots of score reports uploaded to the applicant portal or emailed to us.

Please note: Be sure to capture your first and last name, as well as test date, on the screen shot or PDF. Uploads that do not display this information will not be accepted.

We’re here to help! Please call us at 617-573-8460, stop by our office on the sixth floor of 73 Tremont Street in Boston, or email us.