Test-Optional Policy

If you are applying for first-year or transfer admission you are not required to submit standardized test scores (ACT or SAT).

This policy aligns with our admissions philosophy of holistic review, supports the university's strategic plan on access, reflects the most current data analysis regarding the use of testing in admission and is clear and easy to communicate and understand. The best indication of whether a student will be successful at Kent State University is their academic performance in high school—the grades they earn and the rigor of their coursework. This has always been the most important part of the application process at Kent State and this will not change, regardless of whether you choose to submit scores. 

Choosing Whether or Not to Submit Test Scores for Consideration

SAT/ACT scores are an optional credential and as an applicant, you can decide if you want to submit your scores to Kent State as part of your application. If you feel your SAT or ACT scores are an accurate reflection of your academic abilities, you‘re welcome to submit them for consideration. 

  • If you choose not to submit test scores, you will not be viewed negatively. 
  • If you choose to submit your test scores, the Admissions Office will consider scores in a manner that is consistent with other application materials.