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No Test Required Admission Policy

Across the nation, COVID-19 has caused significant disruption in standardized testing. As a result, Saint Xavier University (SXU) has announced an updated admission policy for fall 2021 freshman applicants. ACT or SAT test scores are not required, with some possible exceptions.

Fall 2021 freshman applicants for all majors (including nursing):

ACT or SAT test scores are not required. We encourage students to apply and send their high school transcript (as well as a nursing essay for nursing applicants) for review. In some cases, after initial review of your application and transcript, our Admission Committee may request additional materials etc. in order to make a more informed admission decision. Additional materials may include test scores, grades from the first semester of senior year.

However, if a student has already taken the ACT or SAT exam, it could be helpful if they sent their scores now. Students applying for nursing who scored a minimum 21 ACT composite (1060 SAT Total) are encouraged to send scores if they have them. And, students applying to other programs who scored a minimum 18 ACT composite (970 SAT Total) are also encouraged to send scores. Test scores can be requested from the testing agency (SXU's ACT code is 1134 and SAT code is 1708). We also accept scores from the high school transcript as well.

Merit Scholarships:
Merit scholarships will be based on high school performance ONLY regardless of whether test scores are submitted.

International Students:
International students for spring and fall have specific admission requirements and deadlines and are encouraged to review our international student application requirements page.

Freshman Admission Policy FAQs

COVID-19 caused mass cancellation of ACT and SAT exams during the time of year when most rising seniors usually take these exams -- spring and summer. Testing availability continues to be uncertain due to COVID-19. As a result, we've adjusted our admission policy accordingly. Most colleges are developing similar admission policies.

No. In fact, numerous national studies show that students' performance in high school is a better predictor of college success than a standardized test score, including a recent study by researchers at the University of Chicago. Our internal research supports this as well. Many colleges are implementing similar policies. We value the preparation students receive in our area high schools and trust the courses taken and grades are an excellent predictor of students' ability to succeed in college.

No. Due to continued cancelation of ACT and SAT exams, our School of Nursing and Health Sciences will review applicants for admission without a test score. An essay is required of all nursing applicants; it should describe why you want to be a nurse and why you want to attend Saint Xavier University. After initial review, our Admission Committee may ask for additional materials in order to make a more informed admission decision. Students applying for nursing who took the ACT or SAT and scored a minimum 21 ACT composite (1060 SAT Total) are encouraged to send their scores now. Test scores can be requested from the testing agency (SXU's ACT code is 1134 and SAT code is 1708). We also accept scores from the high school transcript as well.

You don't need to send the scores. However, if you have already taken the exam, it could be beneficial to send your scores now. We'll review your application for admission and high school transcript (and nursing essay for nursing applicants). After initial review, our Admission Committee may ask for additional materials in order to make a more informed admission decision. Students applying for nursing who scored a minimum 21 ACT composite (1060 SAT Total) are encouraged to send scores now. Students applying to other programs who scored a minimum 18 ACT composite (970 SAT Total) are encouraged to send scores. Test scores can be requested from the testing agency (SXU's ACT code is 1134 and SAT code is 1708). We also accept scores from the high school transcript as well.

No. Merit scholarships will be based on high school performance ONLY regardless of whether test scores are submitted.

Students are reviewed for admission based on their high school transcripts. After initial review of your application and transcript, our Admission Committee may request additional materials in order to make an informed admission decision. Requested materials may include things like grades from your first semester of senior year, an essay, letter of recommendation or your test scores.

For high schools whose standard grading scale is a 4.0 scale, we'll use the weighted GPA. This ensures that students get any additional points earned for honors, AP or IB courses. For schools whose standard GPA scale is not on a 4.0 scale, we'll first convert the scale to a 4.0 scale and then use the converted weighted GPA to ensure students receive any additional points for honors, AP or IB courses.

Freshmen student athletes applying for the fall 2021 semester will be reviewed for admission using the test-blind policies described above. However, eligibility criteria for the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) may vary. Additional details will be communicated when available.