Test-Optional Process

In an effort to continue providing a transformational educational experience for generations to come, Malone University is now adding a test-optional pathway to its admission process for students applying to enter the University beginning in the spring and fall 2021 semesters. 

“We not only recognize that the ripple effects of COVID-19 will be ongoing for the foreseeable future, but we also know that national trends in retention show a closer correlation between high school grade point average (GPA) and college readiness as compared with standardized test scores and college readiness,” said Linda Hoffman, director of admissions. 

Prospective students choosing the test-optional pathway will be evaluated for admission based on their grade point average and a holistic review of the student’s high school transcript.

“There are many ways to evaluate students’ preparation for academic success, and ongoing conversations with our admissions counselors allow both the student and the counselor to determine if Malone will be a good fit for their educational needs,” said Hoffman. “The pandemic may have limited students’ opportunities for standardized testing, but we stand ready, as we always have, to ensure that applicants have options that fit their needs and their family’s needs.”

The test-optional choice is the second pathway for prospective students to express their interest in a Malone education. The traditional admissions process, which requires the ACT or SAT to be submitted, remains in place.   

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply test optional?

It is as simple as answering “Yes” to the question “Are you applying for test optional admissions?” on your admissions application. 

What are the requirements to apply test optional?

Students applying test optional must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 in a rigorous high school academic curriculum.  Test optional admission is specifically designed for first year students.

What if I’m not eligible to apply for test optional admissions?

Students not meeting the test optional criteria will be encouraged to apply through the traditional process and submit test scores.

I’m homeschooled. Do I qualify for test optional admissions?

Homeschooled students who have taken college courses while in high school, may apply test optional.  If a homeschooled student has not taken any college level courses, we ask that they contact their admissions counselor for other options.  Certainly one option would be to submit an ACT or SAT.

I’m an international student do I qualify for test optional admissions?

At this time international students do not qualify to apply test optional.  They must continue to submit either an ACT, SAT or TOEFL.

Can I apply test optional if I want to be in the Honors Program?

You are welcome to apply test optional for admission into Malone University.  However, to be considered for the Malone Honors Program you will need to submit your ACT or SAT score after your admission decision has been made so you can be considered for the Honors Program.

Am I eligible for academic scholarships if I apply test optional?

Yes, there is an academic scholarship grid especially for test optional students. Go to our financial aid page and select Scholarships and Grants to view the grid.