Test Optional Admission

At Rollins, we’re all about the big picture. Although test scores are useful, they don’t always tell the full story of a person’s ability or accomplishments. Our holistic approach to admission means applicants can apply without submitting SAT or ACT scores through our Test Optional Admission. Rollins has been a Test Optional school for nearly 15 years. For the past few years, approximately half of all applicants have chosen to apply without submitting standardized test scores. Candidates selecting this option are evaluated holistically, with special emphasis on academic performance, rigor of curriculum, leadership and motivation.

Test Optional Admission FAQs

How do I know if I should select Test Optional?

Test Optional is designed for students who perform well in the classroom but whose academic strength is not reflected in their standardized test scores. We recommend the test score waived option for students who fit the profile described below:

  • A-/B+ GPA
  • Lower than 1140 on the SAT (Critical Reading and Math ONLY)
  • Lower than 23 on the ACT

Can I be homeschooled and apply Test Optional?

Yes, students who are homeschooled can apply Test Optional.

How is a Test Optional applicant evaluated during the admission process compared to a Test Score applicant?

Students applying Test Optional are evaluated similarly to those who apply using their test scores, with increased emphasis on academic performance, rigor of curriculum, leadership qualities and motivation.

If I apply through Test Optional, am I eligible for financial aid?

Yes, you can still apply for need-based financial aid. In addition, academic-based scholarships are available to all high-achieving, motivated students. Students who apply through Test Optional are also eligible for the Alfond Scholars Program, our prestigious full tuition scholarship that is awarded to 10 students annually.

If I apply through Test Optional, am I eligible for the 3/2 Accelerated Management Program or the Honors Degree Program?

Yes, Test Optional applicants are eligible for both the 3/2 Accelerated Management Program and the Honors Degree Program.

How do I let the admission office know that I would like to apply using Test Optional?

On your Rollins application there is a question that asks if you would like to apply Test Optional. If you would, check the “yes” box. If you are applying through the Common Application, this will be found on the member screen.

What if I already submitted my test scores but I now want to apply Test Optional?

We will automatically erase your test scores from our files if you choose to apply Test Optional on your application.

Can I change my mind?

If you have already applied to Rollins and would like to change to either the test score waived option or to the test score option, please contact your admission counselor. As long as the application deadline hasn’t passed, we will be able to make the change. If the deadline has passed, speak with your admission counselor. Click here to locate your counselor.

If I apply Test Optional do I ever have to send my test scores?

During the summer, enrolling Test Optional students are asked to send their scores confidentially to the Dean of Admission and AVP of Enrollment for the purpose of ongoing research about the relationship between test scores and academic performance. These scores are never included in the student's official college record. To make the research meaningful, enrolling students are strongly encouraged to send their scores upon request.

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