Testing Optional

Undergraduate applicants had one less hurdle when Bradley made standardized test scores like the SAT or ACT optional. The program started July 1, 2020 when applications opened for the fall 2021 semester.

A yearlong study noted test scores aren’t the only way for predicting academic success. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic kept many high school students from taking such tests.

“We hope this new test-optional policy helps Bradley provide greater access to a broader, more diverse applicant pool of students who would be an excellent academic fit for Bradley and contribute to the vibrancy of our campus community,” said Justin Ball, vice president for enrollment management. 

Applicants may still submit test scores if they choose to do so. Moving to a test-optional policy acknowledged test scores weren’t the only way to predict academic success. 

Bradley will continue its current practice of holistic review, a process where admission decisions are made after a committee reviews the strength of a student’s high school record. This includes the student’s choice of coursework, achievement in college preparatory courses, grades, grade trends, writing ability, special talents, participation and success in co-curricular activities, and community involvement.

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