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Lourdes University is proud of our test optional admissions policy. Effective starting fall 2020, submission of ACT or SAT test scores for incoming undergraduate student applicants will be optional. This gives prospective students a choice when considering whether or not to submit their standardized test score(s).

As a test optional institution, Lourdes is one of 1,000+ accredited higher education institutions that do not require standardized testing for admission. This aligns with the Lourdes University holistic admissions process. Our University takes into consideration a number of metrics including your classroom performance, rigor of coursework, writing ability, extra-curricular involvement and recognition, and teacher/counselor recommendations to give us a total picture of who you are as a student.

Standardized test scores may not always reflect an accurate indication of the abilities needed to succeed in college for a number of student populations. People without access to test preparation courses and tutors is one example. Often, the cost to retake these standardized tests can be a deterrent and therefore a barrier to admission. The test-optional admissions policy also can benefit individuals with learning and physical differences and English language learners.

The test-optional admissions policy allows Lourdes University to maintain our academic standards and ensures we admit students with the capacity to succeed.

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