Miami University extends ‘test-optional policy’ for admission through 2026

Two standardized test scores will no longer be required for admission to one area university.

Miami University announced Tuesday that neither ACT nor SAT will be required for admission but optional for first-year and transfer students through spring 2026.

>> Two standardized test scores will no longer be required for admission to one area university.

The announcement comes after students admitted for the fall of 2021 and 2022 were the “most academically accomplished in Miami’s history,” and an increase of 24.7 percent in applications, according to a release from the university.

“Since Miami has been test optional, about 50 percent of our applicants have asked us to use an ACT or SAT score in our evaluation of their application. We continue to enroll extremely accomplished students, and the academic profile of each new class continues to be among the best of all Ohio public universities,” Miami University Director of Admission Bethany Perkins said.

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According to the university, it will evaluate applications based on grades, GPA, the strength of the curriculum, application essays, co-curricular and extracurricular activities, talent, personal background, and other factors.

“A test score has never been the only factor Miami’s admission committee considers in application evaluation, and it certainly isn’t the most important factor. There are much better predictors of college success such as the strength of a student’s curriculum and achievements in high school courses,” Perkins said.

Additionally, standardized test scores are not required for merit scholarships or university-deemed competitive programs such as Honors College, the Farmer School of Business, or Nursing. Students wanting test scores to be considered will still have that option.

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“The extension of our test-optional policy will allow us to evaluate the outcomes of Miami University’s Class of 2025 before deciding whether the university should be test optional permanently. Analysis of graduate data, combined with the student retention and success data we’re already evaluating, will enable us to make a well-informed decision based on the best interests of future students,” Vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Success Brent Shock, said

To learn more about the test-optional admission for Miami University, visit their website.