Butler University adopts test-optional admission policy

Posted at 5:25 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 17:25:40-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Butler University announced on Wednesday it will no longer require applicants to submit standardized test scores.

The change applies to high school seniors in the Class of 2021 as well as to all incoming classes thereafter.

According to a news release from the university, the Butler Office of Admission will not require ACT and/or SAT scores for admission to the university beginning with first-year and transfer undergraduate applicants for the fall 2021 semester. In addition, some graduate programs will waive requirements for GMAT and/or GRE scores.

Applicants who still prefer to provide their test scores will be able to do so and those scores will be considered with other application materials. The university said some select undergraduate programs may still require or encourage the submission of test scores.

"As admission officers, we are very aware that the college application process may be stressful in any given year," Lori Greene, Butler's vice president for enrollment management, said. "Add the complexity of the COVID-19 crisis, and that process can be simply overwhelming. Our goal is to provide some clarity and reassurance to prospective students who are interested in the Butler experience, so they don't need to worry about when and/or if standardized tests will be offered."

Additional details about the change to the application process will be communicated to prospective students in the coming weeks through the Butler admission website. Students are encouraged to contact their admission counselors at any time to receive personalized support.

The test-optional admission process will go into effect starting with the Aug. 1, 2020 application opening for the 2021-22 academic year.