FAQ: Test Optional Policy - The University of Tulsa

FAQ: Test Optional Policy

Test Optional at TU

You can be considered for admission and scholarships without submitting an ACT or SAT score. At TU, we practice holistic admission and will use all academic history available to gauge  potential academic success when making your admission and scholarship decisions.

Only one of our programs – the Early Careers in Community Medicine program – requires submission of test scores. You can be considered for admission, scholarships, and all other special programs at TU without submission of test scores. Every program, including ECCM, uses a holistic review process. This includes TU’s Honors Program and Presidential Scholarship.

Tulsa utilizes a holistic review for every student, regardless of the decision to submit test scores. For this reason, the review process will be similar for all applications and no preference will be given to those who submit, or do not submit, test scores. Tulsa considers many things during the review process including, but not limited to, strength of high school curriculum, grades within that curriculum, grade trends from year to year and within each discipline, writing ability, recommendation letters, co-curricular activities (including work and home responsibilities), community involvement, interest in TU, and standardized test scores if available. The more information that is provided to us in the application file, the more information we’ll have to make accurate and fair decisions. As the test score is just one piece of our holistic review, there is no score that will automatically guarantee, nor prevent, admission to TU.

We suggest you submit your test scores to us as the more information you provide to us during the application process, the more information we’ll have to make accurate and fair decisions. Standardized test scores in the 80th percentile or higher nationally are generally considered competitive for admission when accompanied by other criteria that indicate potential academic success. Should you have any questions regarding test scores, please contact your TU admission counselor.

We are test optional, but we are not test blind. This means that if test scores are present in your application materials, they will be reviewed and considered for admission and scholarships.  TU reserves the right to consider all materials submitted.

While we accept self-reported scores, we require some validating evidence. We accept copies of score reports or a screenshot of test scores as official provided the score report/screenshot shows your first and last name, the month/year of the test and all section scores. As long as your score copy or screenshot includes that information, you don’t need to pay to have scores sent from the testing agency.

Simply log into ACT or CollegeBoard (for SAT) to take a screenshot of your test results. Then, send the screenshot to apply@utulsa.edu for your scores to be added to your application.

Superscoring is the practice of taking your highest section scores from multiple testing dates to create a new total score called the “superscore”.

We will superscore your test results for admission and scholarship decisions. If you’ve taken the ACT or SAT more than once, please send all scores to The University of Tulsa at apply@utulsa.edu.

No. We will consider the screenshot of scores from the testing agency to be official provided the screenshot shows your first and last name, the month/year of the test and all section scores. However, should there be any questions, the Office of Admission reserves the right to validate SAT and ACT results by requesting you to have an official score report sent directly from the testing agency.

Scores can be submitted at any time prior to the admission decision. Should you want to submit scores after your admission and scholarship decisions have been made, you may do so through February 1. However, there’s no guarantee that the added test score(s) will change those decisions.