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UMass Dartmouth is test optional. Students applying for fall 2021 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

Should I submit my test scores?

Students should carefully consider whether their SAT/ACT scores reflect their overall academic performance in high school. Students with an SAT of 1020 or higher, or an ACT of 20 or higher, should submit their scores for additional scholarship consideration.

If students believe their scores are not indicative of their achievement and potential and do not support their candidacy for admission, they may wish to withhold their scores.

Are test optional applicants eligible to receive scholarship money?

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 1020 or higher, or an ACT of 20 or higher, 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.

Why is UMassD offering test optional?

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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