Test Optional Admission
Admission option for full-time freshmen
Please review the explanation and eligibility criteria below to determine if you would like to pursue this option.
What is Test Optional Admission?
National research and empirical evidence has indicated that standardized tests are not always reliable predictors of academic success at the college level. Rather, a more holistic review is often more predictive based on a student's academic achievements in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and his or her contributions to school and community through activities that demonstrate leadership potential and community engagement.
Point Park University's adoption of a test optional policy in no way diminishes the careful attention to the evaluation of student credentials in the admission review process. To the contrary, this holistic review requires an even more thorough evaluation of a student's performance in all areas of high school performance and community contributions.
Who Should Apply as a Test Optional Candidate?
The test optional admission choice is for students who do not believe that their standardized test scores accurately indicate their true potential or reflect their accomplishments. These students may feel that an evaluation of their college preparatory curriculum and consideration of their extracurricular accomplishments and leadership experiences will provide a more accurate, holistic indication of successful college work and persistence to graduation.
Eligibility Criteria for Students Qualifying for Test Optional ReviewStudent must have achieved a weighted cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0 Scale) by the end of their junior year of high school in college preparatory course as recommended in the Undergraduate Catalog.
- Have a seal or statement indicating no seal
- Have a graduation date if applicable
- Have a degree earned if applicable
- Have an authorized signature
- Are mailed to Point Park by the issuing institution OR
- Are submitted electronically by your high school utilizing Parchment online transcript services OR
- Are submitted via email from your guidance office to firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is Not Eligible for Test Optional Admission?International students are still required to submit a completed admission application and standardized test scores as outlined on the admission pages for international students.
Questions? Contact Us!
For questions about test optional admission at Point Park University, please contact the Office of Admission at 412-392-3430 or email@example.com.