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Office of Undergraduate Admission Test-Optional Policy Extension | August 2021


In May 2020, Fordham announced that for a two-year period, standardized admissions tests—the SAT and ACT—would be an optional element of the undergraduate admission application process. A year later, in May 2021, Fordham received commitments from high school seniors that should result in the largest, most diverse, and most accomplished entering class in the University’s history.

The University planned to revisit the policy again in May 2022, but, given the preliminary enrollment results associated with this new policy, as well as the need to inform prospective applicants of our intentions, we have decided to extend the test-optional policy for at least another year to include students applying for fall 2023 admission. That will provide students time to plan ahead and will enable Fordham to analyze multiyear data on student success and to refine application assessments in light of those findings.

Fordham has always subscribed to a holistic admission process. By not requiring standardized tests, we have improved access for students who might not otherwise apply to the University, and have done so while maintaining our commitment to academic rigor. We are confident that we can fairly evaluate applicants who submit test scores along with those who do not and offer admission to candidates who can thrive at Fordham.

We look forward to challenging and supporting the Class of 2025 as they embark on a journey of intellectual growth and self-discovery at Fordham. We know they will leave us as competent, compassionate, and well-grounded graduates who are prepared not merely for satisfying careers but for lives well lived.

John W. Buckley
Vice President for Admission and Student Financial Services


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