While standardized test scores are the traditional guideline used to evaluate college applicants, we believe there are many ways for you to demonstrate your talents and show us what you have to offer.
As a result, Saint Leo University has developed a test-optional policy that no longer requires undergraduate applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the admission process. Prospective students who choose not to submit standardized test scores for review will receive full consideration for admission—without penalty.
Please note: our test-optional policy requires different admission criteria and has certain restrictions. Once an applicant declares that they wish to be considered test-optional, they will not be able to change their application at a later point. Students may only apply once and the choice submitted first will be recorded.
Test-Optional Admission Requirements
In addition to the minimum high school GPA of 3.0, each student must submit at least three options from the lists below. Two of the three supplements must come from the academic options list.
- Academic Recommendations Applicants must submit at least two letters of recommendation from teachers who can attest to their academic abilities. Additional recommendations received will not factor into our decision-making process.
- Academic Writing Ability Applicants should submit a recent, graded writing sample with a high school teacher’s comments. This writing sample will preferably be at least 500 words and written within the last two years. Research papers, position papers and literary analysis are all acceptable examples of graded writing samples.
- AP or Honors, IB courses When assessing grade point average, consideration is given to the strength and frequency of Advanced Placement, Honors, and International Baccalaureate course work in a student’s curriculum.
- Standardized Test Scores Students who feel that their SAT or ACT scores are a good indicator of their abilities may submit their results and request that they be reviewed in their admission decision. If, however, the student does not feel that their test scores accurately represent their academic abilities, they do not need to submit them.
- Class Rank Class rank, like GPA, indicates a student’s performance in the classroom. Although class rank is not the ultimate indicator of academic performance, it provides us with a more precise understanding of where each applicant falls on the academic spectrum.
- Community Involvement Community service and volunteer experience highlight students who have a genuine concern for people and their community. Such activities are aligned with Saint Leo University’s core values.
- Extracurricular Activities Saint Leo University desires to admit students who participate in quality involvement in their high school. Students must demonstrate the type of involvement they have in particular clubs, organizations, or sports teams, with leadership positions preferred over general membership.
- Personal or Group Achievements Outstanding achievements are just that—they stand out. Students may submit resumes, YouTube videos, DVDs, PowerPoint presentations or slide shows that demonstrate their backgrounds, athletic or artistic talents, interests or accomplishments. This achievement summary gives the student the opportunity to highlight special skills or talents, interesting experiences and personal accomplishments. When reviewing candidates for admission, Saint Leo University is looking for those experiences that might suggest high potential for leadership and involvement on campus.
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