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    Saint Leo University Continues to Remain Test-Score Optional
    Cancellation of SAT/ACT Testing Dates Leaves Some High School Students in Limbo, But Saint Leo Adopted Holistic Admissions Approach in 2018 

    ST. LEO, FL - As many high school students are scrambling because of the cancellation of SAT and ACT college admissions testing, Saint Leo University leaders are reassuring them that they still will be able to achieve their dream and earn a college degree.

    Since 2018, Saint Leo has made the SAT/ACT scores fully optional as part of the admissions process for prospective students. The university adopted a holistic approach to admissions and looks at the whole student experience, rather than just their test scores.

    “With universities across the state of Florida still requiring students to submit standardized test scores for admissions or scholarship purposes, we want to reassure students that they do not need to submit these scores for Saint Leo University,” said Dr. Senthil Kumar, vice president for Strategic Enrollment Management. 

    “We pride ourselves on making a Catholic, private University experience affordable and accessible to students of all backgrounds,” Kumar continued. “During this pandemic, students should not need to be worrying about the potential impact that these tests have on their future.”
    Rather than test scores, Saint Leo looks at a high school student’s unweighted GPA; courses taken, including AP, IB, CLEP, and dual-enrollment subjects; and more when admitting a student. The rigor of a student’s coursework is taken into consideration for additional scholarships.

    With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the cancellation of many SAT/ACT testing dates or limiting testing sites, this year, it is more important than ever for students to have the flexibility of applying for college admission without submitting scores. The university focuses on each student’s experience. “We prefer to consider the whole student, not just the numbers,” Kumar said.

    Many high school students are worried that if they do not take the tests and submit scores, they will not be eligible for scholarships. “This is not the case,” Kumar said. “If you are delaying sending in your application because you are worried about this, go ahead and send it now as test scores are not necessary for your application to be reviewed as complete.”

    Test anxiety plagues many students while for those with special needs, testing can be especially difficult. Some high school-age students may be able to afford tutoring sessions, special classes and workbooks, and the tests themselves, but for others that is out of reach and too expensive. Making college admissions testing optional helps Saint Leo welcome a more diverse student body.

    While many institutions of higher learning are just now dropping the test score requirement, Saint Leo University has implemented this approach since 2018 in order to look at each student as an individual. Admissions staff look at what the individual has achieved, and what the next step could be for that student.

    Applications are being accepted, and scholarships are available for the Fall 2021 Semester. For information, email admissions@saintleo.edu or call (877) 588-622-2009. More information can be found at saintleo.edu.               
    About Saint Leo University
    Saint Leo University is one of the largest Catholic universities in the nation, offering nearly 60 undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs to more than 19,500 students each year. Founded in 1889 by Benedictine monks, the private, nonprofit university is known for providing a values-based education to learners of all backgrounds and ages in the liberal arts tradition. Saint Leo is regionally accredited and offers a residential campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, 15 education centers in five states, and an online program for students anywhere. The university is home to more than 95,000 alumni. Learn more at saintleo.edu.