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Olin College of Engineering Moves to Test Optional for 2020-2021 Applicants

In light of the extraordinary challenges facing high school students in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Olin College has temporarily suspended its standardized test requirement for the 2020-2021 admission cycle.

The decision was made to change Olin’s admission requirements because of the cancellation of spring 2020 SAT and ACT tests. Many well-qualified students may not have the opportunity to take either test prior to Olin’s application deadline of January 1, 2021.

“Students are facing incredible amounts of uncertainty right now. Many schools have moved to a pass/fail grading policy and cancelled extracurricular activities. Removing testing as a potential barrier and source of anxiety for applicants for the 2020-2021 admission cycle reflects our values as a student-centered institution,” said Emily Roper-Doten, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid. “This is an unprecedented time and we are committed to being flexible and to supporting our prospective students given the potential challenges in front of them.”

Students may still choose to submit scores from tests taken prior to the COVID-19 disruption. These scores will be an optional component of the application. Students who do not submit scores will not be penalized or be at a disadvantage in the Olin College application process. (To learn more about application requirements, visit the Admission and Financial Aid Office FAQ.)

All applications will continue to be evaluated through Olin’s holistic review process which includes academic performance and optional testing, if submitted. Olin College considers applicants’ talents, experiences, character and potential contributions to the College and community. Olin’s highly personalized application reading process also takes into account the context and environment of applicants’ academic experiences.