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Test Optional Admissions

Financial aid awards for fall 2024

This year (2024-2025 academic year) it will be easier for families to complete the FAFSA with the streamlined FAFSA application. The new FAFSA form is now available. UMassD anticipates sending award letters in late spring.

UMass Dartmouth is test optional. Students can submit their application without submitting standardized test scores. The admission decision will be based on a holistic review of the application including the high school record, recommendations, personal essay and other materials submitted by the applicant.

Frequently asked questions

You should carefully consider whether your SAT/ACT scores reflect your overall academic performance in high school. If you have an SAT of 1080 or higher, or an ACT of 22 or higher (1200 SAT and 25 ACT for our competitive nursing program) we recommend you submit your scores for additional scholarship consideration.

If you believe your scores are not indicative of your achievement and potential and do not support your candidacy for admission, you may wish to withhold their scores. We recommend not sending in your scores if you do not meet the above requirements.

Yes. Merit and need-based scholarship programs are available to all applicants, and students with a 3.25 high school GPA are eligible for merit awards, with or without test scores. Course selection and overall grade point average are weighted heavily in the review process. If a student achieves an SAT of 1080 or higher, or an ACT of 22 or higher (1200 SAT and 25 ACT for our competitive nursing program), those test scores provide further evidence of academic ability and potential and should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to increase scholarship opportunities.

The decision to allow students the option of submitting standardized test scores within the undergraduate admissions process gives students the autonomy to decide what information they believe best represents their qualifications for admission to UMass Dartmouth.

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