Test Optional (ACT/SAT) FAQs

The following FAQs apply to first-time freshmen who are entering UofL in Summer/Fall 2021, and Spring/Summer/Fall 2022.

How does UofL evaluate a student who chooses to not have their test scores considered?

We evaluate applicants using a holistic approach and factoring in variables beyond ACT/SAT scores. In the absence of test scores, our staff puts more emphasis on student’s grades and high school curriculum. Our goal has always been to consider all factors and make a decision centered around student success at the University of Louisville.

If a student chooses to go ACT/SAT score optional, what additional materials may be requested?

After initial review of a student's application, first-semester senior grades, a resume, and/or a Cardinal Principle essay may be required.

Is every academic program ACT/SAT optional?

All academic programs will consider students without ACT/SAT scores. Nursing will require the Accuplacer test for admission. Students should keep in touch with their admissions counselor for the latest information. 

Our Honors Program, which requires a separate application, no longer considers ACT/SAT scores as a criteria for acceptance.

If a student applies without ACT/SAT scores, are they eligible for any UofL scholarships?

We are committed to making scholarship opportunities available to students, whether they apply with or without test scores. We strongly encourage students with qualifying test scores to submit those to automatically receive an award. Please visit the scholarship website for specific criteria and requirements. We look primarily at a student’s grades, high school curriculum and a student-involvement resume. For more information about the scholarship processes, students should reach out to their admission counselor.

The following scholarships do not require test scores:

The Office of Student Financial Aid manages a number of scholarships for new students that only require admission to UofL. In addition, they manage some automatic awards that are based on need and begin to be awarded November 1 (Based on the FAFSA and admission). All students are encouraged to check in with their admission counselor to review financial options for college planning.

How should a student choose whether or not to have ACT/SAT scores included as part of their review?

If a student believes their test score is not reflective of their academic ability, or if they are unable to take the ACT/SAT, they may choose to be test-score optional. If a student has tested, they can review our admission guidelines to determine eligibility for admission to UofL or specific academic programs. If a student has questions about this decision, please reach out to their personal admissions counselor for more information and guidance.

What if a student later decides to be considered with or without ACT/SAT scores? 

If a student applies with ACT/SAT scores, they can only change to ACT/SAT optional if their application has NOT been reviewed.

A student applying without ACT/SAT scores may contact their admission counselor or email  at any time to add test scores.

What if a student has already sent the University of Louisville ACT/SAT scores or they are on the high school transcripts?

These students can still choose to be reviewed without test scores by indicating they wish to be ACT/SAT optional when applying. Previously sent scores will not be included in the admission decision.

If a student is admitted, how will he or she be placed in courses without ACT/SAT scores? 

Any student admitted without test scores will be required to take the Accuplacer Math and Reading tests or another exam approved by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education for determining college readiness. Those tests will be used to determine placement. Some subjects such as Biology and Chemistry have either test score requirements or separate placement tests that will be required. These tests are available online and can be taken any time before freshman orientation or earlier. We will work with students and review these results to recommend resources developed to help students be best prepared for the rigors of college. Also, a student can submit ACT/SAT scores post admission. Some ACT or SAT sub-scores may be able to be used to meet the placement test requirement.