2020-2021 Test Optional Process

As we approach the fall, we realize that your college search may not be going as planned. Our admission team wants to provide you with the most helpful information and resources during this process. As an institution that values equity, we recognize the unique complexities of this application cycle. Due to limited availability of standardized tests, Samford University will give freshman applicants the option to be evaluated without a test score for the 2020-21 application cycle. 

Samford University seeks to enroll students who are capable of success in a challenging academic environment and who demonstrate a commitment to the Christian mission and purpose of the university. Every application is individually evaluated from a holistic perspective, which includes consideration of the applicant’s personal integrity, moral character, academic preparation, achievement and potential, leadership of and participation in extra-curricular activities including school, church, para-church and community organizations, and likelihood to make the most of the opportunities and resources that are available to Samford students. We have no minimum GPA or SAT/ACT requirements for admission. However, admission to Samford is competitive, and admitted students are typically strong academic students.

The score range for the middle fifty percent of entering first-year students in 2019 was:

  • 23-29 ACT
  • 1130-1350 SAT
  • 3.48-4.1 GPA

What happens if I apply test optional?

Your transcript shows your academic record in the context of your high school, but since one school can be very different from another we encourage all applicants to have their high school profile sent with their high school transcript. Your high school transcript will be the primary basis of demonstrating your academic achievement.

Please note: Students who had only pass/fail or similar grading options during the spring 2020 term will not be penalized.

We encourage all freshman applicants, regardless of testing plan, to submit the recommended items: transcripts, high school profile, your essay prompt via Samford application or Common Application and one academic letter of recommendation.

As you consider your options, keep in mind all applicants are considered for scholarships when they apply, including students who apply as test optional. Learn more about scholarships and aid at Samford.

Entrance requirements into certain majors or academic programs is currently being evaluated.

At this time, some freshman applicants are required to submit test scores and are not eligible to opt out. Please check with your program to confirm updated information.

If you are part of one of the following groups, you are still required to submit SAT/ACT scores:

  • Freshman applicants who attend a high school that does not provide numeric or letter grades with a grading scale.
  • Freshman applicants who are graduating high school early.

Some departments and programs require an additional application after admission to the university and may require a test score:

  • 3+3 Fast Track Physical Therapy (Exercise Science)
  • Nursing

How do I indicate I would like to be test optional?

Entering freshman can choose to apply to Samford with 2 different application methods.

Under the Preferred Admission Plan you will be required to answer the following question: Do you plan to apply test optional?

Please note: Following the release of our admissions decisions, we will ask admitted students to submit test scores for research purposes.

If You are Submitting Test Scores, Plan Ahead

If you haven’t taken a standardized exam and are wondering how you might score, you can access free practice test questions online at collegeboard.org or act.org.

You can find the national SAT and ACT exam schedule on their respective websites.