The University of Notre Dame will continue with a test-optional policy for the 2022 and 2023 application years. The university says first-year and transfer applicants will not be required to submit standardized test scores as part of their application for undergraduate admission.
Notre Dame says the test-optional policy allows students to choose whether to submit a test score to be included in the evaluation of their application.
“Notre Dame has always been committed to a holistic evaluation process,” said Don Bishop, associate vice president of undergraduate enrollment. “Over the past 10 years, we have been less reliant on a student’s test score in our final assessment. This year, under the leadership of Director of Admissions Christy Pratt, we feel confident that our evaluation process remains strong and we are selecting students who will find success at Notre Dame.”
The test-optional plan was introduced for the 2021 applicant pool as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The university says the goal is to empower students to decide what they consider the strongest application to put forward.
“Our most competitive applicants are creative intellectuals, passionate people with multiple interests,” added Bishop. “Above all else, they are involved in the classroom and in their communities. They have a driving ambition for and track record in using their energies to improve the world around them.”
The university says the policy includes first-year and transfer applicants and applies to all decision plans, including restrictive early action and regular decision. Students who have already taken the SAT or ACT, or plan to, can report the scores for evaluation if they choose.