Test-Optional FAQs

What you need to know for Fall 2021.

You’re so much more than a test score. That’s why, if you’re applying to Suffolk University for Fall 2021, it’s up to you whether you send us your SAT or ACT results.

We’d like a holistic view of your academic and intellectual accomplishments, and we want to know what makes you unique. If you think your test scores accurately display your abilities and academic potential, they can strengthen your application. If, however, 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.

Yes. Testing is required for home-schooled students and for students who have transcripts that are based on a narrative/competency system. For more information regarding requirements for home-schooled students, please review our freshmen admission standards.

International students are required to submit proof of English language proficiency under our test-flexible policy. Submission of an SAT or ACT may be used to fulfill this requirement; however, a full list of options can be found in our freshmen admission standards. 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.

If you are an undergraduate applicant applying for the fall 2021 semester or any time after, it’s your choice whether to submit your test scores. Our application for fall 2021 will be available on August 1, 2020.

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.