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Prospective Students | Test-Blind Admissions

Does Loyola Offer Test-Blind Admissions?

COVID-19 has challenged us to look at the college admission process differently. Loyola University New Orleans is happy to announce we are instituting a test-blind admission process. Starting with the Fall 2021 application cycle, Loyola will not require a standardized test score for our admission application and we will not consider a test score, should a student choose to submit. In test-blind admissions, the SAT or ACT score is not considered for admission or merit scholarship decisions. This will allow the admission process to be more focused on GPA, academic rigor, student involvement and the student’s personal statement.    

We recognize COVID-19 has had a large impact on the ability of students to follow the recommended timeline for the college process. The spring and summer after a student’s Junior year are typically when students prepare for and complete standardized testing. Currently, the SAT and the ACT test dates offered in the late spring and throughout the summer have been cancelled. By removing the testing requirement, we hope to reduce some of the stress that might be caused by the college application process. 

What is Test-blind Admissions? Is it the same as Test-optional?

For test-blind admissions, your test scores (ACT or SAT) will not be considered in your admission or merit-based scholarship decisions. Test-optional schools will consider your test score if you choose to submit it.  As a test-blind institution, Loyola will not consider your test score even if it is submitted.

Will my test scores be required to officially enroll?

No. Loyola will need your official high school transcript with proof of graduation. 

What if I want my test scores considered in my Admissions review?

You can send your test scores to Loyola, but they will not have an effect on your admissions or scholarship decision.

Will you use weighted or unweighted GPAs?

We will review the GPA that is reported on your high school transcript and will honor the weighted GPA if it is higher.

For International Students: Will I need to submit a test score?

Per federal regulations, international students are still required to provide proof of English Proficiency. This can be demonstrated a number of ways: ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, or the Duolingo English Test. Students completing English courses in the AP/IB curriculum, as well as students enrolled at a U.S. accredited high school where instruction is delivered completely in English will also satisfy this requirement.

For Transfer Students: Will I need to submit a test score?

No. Loyola requires transcripts from all current and former institutions. 

For Athletes: Will I need to submit a test score for NAIA eligibility?

Currently, the NAIA requires a test score for eligibility for the 2021-2022 academic year. However, an exception was made by NAIA for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please visit the NAIA Eligibility Center for the most current information. 

For the University Honors Program: Will I need to submit test scores?

No, ACT or SAT scores will not be considered as part of the Honors Program application process.

For Louisiana students: Will I still get TOPS if you do not receive my test score?

No. Currently the state agency (LOSFA) that awards TOPS requires an SAT or ACT score to award the TOPS Scholarship. You must take and submit a qualifying test score to both LOSFA and to Loyola if you want to use TOPS. Loyola will use the score to determine TOPS eligibility, but it will not factor your test score into your admissions decision.

What if I do not have an official high school diploma? Can I still be accepted?

Yes. For students who have completed a homeschool curriculum or taken and passed the GED, we will review your application holistically for admission and scholarship.