First-Year StudentsTest-Optional Admissions Policy

Test-Optional Admissions Policy

Concordia University, St. Paul is excited to announce our new Test-Optional Admissions Policy. This opportunity is available to incoming undergraduate students (first-year and transfer).

What Is Test-Optional?

Concordia’s standard admission requirements include high school transcripts as well as ACT or SAT scores.Because we recognize that a student’s academic work and grade point average reflected within their transcripts are significant predictors for academic success, the new Test-Optional policy means students have a choice of whether to submit test scores for admission application review.

Why Choose Test-Optional?

If you have strong high school grades and/or have taken college preparatory curriculum, but do not feel that your standardized test scores reflect your academic ability, we do not need to consider the test scores as part of the admissions process. However, if you feel your ACT or SAT scores are an accurate reflection of your academic abilities, you are welcome and encouraged to submit them for consideration.

Who Is Required to Submit Test Scores?

Applicants with Narrative Transcripts or non-letter grade evaluations, as well as applicants who are homeschooled, are still required to submit a standardized test score as part of their application.

Division II Athletes
While student athletes can choose test-optional for admission to the university, they must still send their ACT or SAT scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center.

International Students
International students will not be impacted by the test-optional policy.

Choosing Test-Optional: Next Steps

If you select the test-optional opportunity, you will be asked to submit an admissions essay instead of ACT or SAT scores.  The essay guidelines can be found below.

Please contact your admissions counselor to discuss the best path for you.

Admissions Essay Guidelines

Please answer the essay question as thoroughly as possible. Your essay should be typed and a minimum of 500 words, including a clear introduction, body, and conclusion.

  • Please describe a life experience (academically or personally) that has shaped you as a person. How will this experience impact your success as a college student at Concordia University, St. Paul?

Your essay will be graded on the following three scales:

  1. Essay Construction
  2. Academic Language
  3. Composition / Mechanics (Grammar)

Please email your admissions essay to:

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Please contact the Office of Admissions with any questions about Test-Optional, or enrollment at CSP.