Undergraduate Admission

Test-Optional Application to UToledo

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The University of Toledo is piloting a test-optional application policy, which means you may decide whether you want to provide your SAT or ACT score as part of your application.

Not providing scores will not count against you when reviewing your application for admission. Instead, it gives you the ability to decide how to most accurately portray your academic strengths when applying to UToledo.

We have adopted this approach because we:

  • recognize the importance of GPAs and high school curricula as a predictor of long-term student success
  • believe a test-optional policy will allow us to provide access for and reach students who might not perform well on standardized tests but perform well in the classroom
  • know that standardized testing is not always the best indicator of students’ potential for college success, and we want students to feel that their applications to UToledo truly show their strengths


Anyone applying to UToledo as an undergraduate domestic or international student may choose to not provide test scores unless you are any of the following:

  • homeschooled
  • attend a high school that does not provide grades

We suggest you still submit your test score(s) if you feel they will benefit your standing in the admissions review process.

How to Apply

Select the test-optional admission application within discover.utoledo.edu or select the affirmative answer test-optional pathway within the Common Application member section. 

Please carefully consider your decision on whether to apply with or without your test scores. Once you have chosen your admission pathway, you will not be able to change it at a later date. Your Admission Counselor is here to answer any questions you may have.

Self-reported GPA

We are accepting self-reported GPAs from applicants if you are unable to secure a high school transcript. Please share your self-reported GPA with your Admission Counselor.

Students applying with a self-reported GPA will be required to submit an official final high school transcript before the beginning of the semester.

*Please refer back to this website as slight changes to policies could occur in the future. We will also proactively communicate with those self-providing GPAs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Know that we are available in the Office of Admissions to help you fully consider your options. Feel free to reach out to us as we are happy to assist. Text us at 419-740-4540 or email us at enroll@utoledo.edu.

1. Why is UToledo adopting a test-optional policy?

UToledo is taking a student-centered approach to our application process during this difficult time.

Based on our own data and research, a student’s high school GPA and high school curriculum are the best predictors of long-term student success (retention and graduation).

We strive to diversify our student body as much as possible, and a test optional policy allows us to provide further access and to reach populations who might not perform well on standardized tests, but perform well in the classroom.

We know that standardized testing is not the best indicator of a student’s potential for collegiate success, and we want students to feel that their application to UToledo truly shows the strength of their admission candidacy.

2. What does test-optional mean?

A test-optional admission policy means applicants can choose not to submit SAT or ACT scores and be considered for admissions.

3. How will this change affect diversity and inclusion?

Test optional admissions policies are intended to reduce the inequalities in college access. Based on our research data, we believe a test optional policy will provide greater access that will positively impact diversity and inclusion.

4. Will the evaluation process differ for students applying test-optional?

The evaluation will be slightly different resulting in a more holistic review of the student’s application materials.

5. Will applying test-optional be detrimental to a student’s admission decision?

Applying test optional will not count against the applicant in any way. Rather, it will allow applicants to choose how to most accurately portray their academic strength.

6. How would a student know if they should submit a test score or not?

Students who believe that their SAT and/or ACT scores are a positive addition to their academic record can submit their test scores.

Because we evaluate each application individually, there is no formula we can provide to help you decide.

7. What if a student already submitted test scores and wants to apply test-optional?

If the student at the time of application selects test-optional, but has already submitted scores (even if we receive scores from a testing agency or on your high school transcript), those will not be considered in the admissions decision.

8. Will students need to submit test scores to be considered for scholarship?

There are scholarships available to qualifying students who do not submit scores however some merit scholarships require a test score.

9. Will students be eligible for financial aid if they apply test-optional?

Yes, applicants are still able to apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

10. What students are eligible for applying test-optional?

Students applying directly from high school and international applicants.

11. Are There Students Who Cannot Apply Test-Optional?

Home school and those who attend high schools that do not report grades. Some academic programs may require a test score for direct admission.

12. Does this apply to transfer students?

Transfer students do not have to provide test scores. Instead, transfer students must provide transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions they have attended.

13. Will I need to submit my test scores to officially enroll at UToledo?


14. As a Fall 2020 Applicant, am I Eligible for Merit Scholarships if I Apply Test-Optional?

Yes, you will be reviewed by Student Financial Aid based on your high school GPA.

15. Will the Jesup Scott Honors College accept test-optional students?

Yes. The Jesup Scott Honors Colege will no longer require test scores and will retain a minimum required GPA of 3.5.

Last Updated: 6/24/20