Apply test optional

Many first-year undergrad students may apply without ACT/SAT scores.

SAT and ACT scores not required

The SAT and ACT are designed to help measure a student’s aptitude for higher education learning. But at Lynn, we emphasize welcoming motivated students who will commit to being an active participant in their education and who will thrive in a highly individualized learning environment—and standardized tests don’t always reflect the true potential of these students.

That’s why we give you a choice:

  • Apply with your SAT or ACT composite scores. We will consider these scores in addition to evaluating your application holistically.
  • Apply test optional. We will consider your high school grade point average, strength of curriculum, progression of courses taken, letters of recommendation and invite you for an interview, if necessary.

Exceptions include first-year students planning to participate in athletic programs and home-schooled students.

How do I let Admission know I’d like to apply as a test-optional student?

Check the appropriate box on your admission application. This will let us know to evaluate it without considering standardized test scores.

Should I submit standardized test scores even though they are optional?

Submit them if you believe they’re an accurate representation of you and your potential to succeed at Lynn, or if you believe they’ll serve you well during the admission review process.

Will I be at a disadvantage if I decide to apply as a test-optional student?

No. We will consider various factors from your high school experience to determine your ability to succeed at Lynn.

What if I've already submitted standardized test scores and don't want them to be considered?

Your scores won’t be considered if you applied as a test-optional student.

If I apply as a test-optional student, do I ever have to submit my test scores?

If you’re admitted to Lynn and have taken a standardized test, we will ask you to submit your scores for research purposes only. They will not be included in your permanent record.

I am an international student. Should I submit standardized test scores?

It is your decision. If your first language is not English, you will need to submit proof of English proficiency. A minimum score of 71 on the TOEFL or 6.0 on the IELTS is required.

I am a home-schooled student. Should I submit standardized test scores?

Yes, you are required to submit standardized test scores.

I plan to play on a varsity athletic team at Lynn. Should I submit standardized test scores?

Yes. Though not required for admission to Lynn, in order to compete on an athletic team you need to be cleared through the NCAA Eligibility Center, which requires a standardized test score.

Can I change my mind about applying as a test optional student?

Yes. If you change your mind during the admission process, contact your admission counselor and they will advise you on how to make the adjustment.

What does the new SAT mean?

Will Lynn accept “old” SAT scores?

  • Yes. We accept both the old and new SAT scores.

Is the SAT's optional essay required for admission to Lynn?

  • No. 

Will Lynn use the new SAT's subscore?

  • We use the SAT composite score.

Does Lynn prefer one type of SAT score over the other?

  • No. 

Contact Admission / More info

Phone numbers 

Toll free: 1-800-888-5966
Phone: +1 561-237-7900
Fax: +1 561-237-7100

Email address

admission@lynn.edu

Office hours
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

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