Test-optional Admissions

What is test-optional?

More than 800 U.S. colleges have eliminated the requirement to submit test scores (ACT/SAT), at least for some students. Schools do this in a variety of ways. At Lees-McRae College, we encourage students who feel that their test scores adequately represent their academic abilities to submit them. Otherwise, students are not required to submit test scores as part of the admissions process.

However, prospective intercollegiate athletes and Honors Program students are required to submit ACT/SAT scores.

Why test-optional?

Test-optional colleges have decided that factors other than test scores are stronger predictors of a student's potential to succeed in college. Some studies show that test results do not correlate with long-term success in college.

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How will applicants be reviewed?

Lees-McRae College approaches admissions holistically, taking into consideration many factors when reviewing applicants. Students are required to submit official transcripts and engage with admissions specialists throughout the admissions process. ACT/SAT scores are not required for students who feel that these exams do not adequately represent their academic abilities. Personal interviews are recommended and can be conducted in person, by phone or via Skype. We believe in elevating futures and we believe in you!

Admission Requirements for Test-Optional:
In addition to submitting an application and official high school transcript, the student must submit the following academic documents:

  1. An academic recommendation letter from an English, Science or Math teacher.
  2. Submit a photocopy of a graded academic writing assignment from an English or History class. This could be a paper or one page of open-ended questions answered. 

How do I confirm whether or not I will be submitting test scores?

During your initial contact with your admissions specialist, you will simply let him or her know whether you plan to submit your test scores. This will allow us to go ahead and begin processing your application.

Prospective intercollegiate athletes and Honors Program students are required to submit ACT/SAT scores.