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Swarthmore College Implements Test-Optional Policy Amid COVID-19

Parrish Hall

In response to the disruption brought about by the COVID-19 public health crisis, Swarthmore College is suspending its requirement that applicants submit SAT or ACT test scores for the next two years. The policy will affect student applicants in the 2020–21 and 2021-22 admission cycles.

“Our primary concern is the health and safety of these students and their families, friends, and neighbors,” said Jim Bock '90, vice president and dean of admissions. “Additionally, the availability of testing dates is a real question right now. Some students already have limited options to take the SAT and ACT, and this global crisis only exacerbates that.”

Bock noted that students can share their test results if they wish, but that doing so is optional. “Students who either did not take a test or choose not to share results with us will not be penalized,” he said. The admissions office remains committed to a holistic admissions review process.

This policy will apply to all applicants, including U.S. citizens, international students, first-year applicants and transfers, students attending public and private schools, and homeschooled applicants. In 2022, Swarthmore will assess the practice to make an informed decision about continuing it in subsequent years.

More information about Swarthmore’s admissions response to COVID-19 and policies and procedures is available at Swarthmore’s Admissions & Aid.

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