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Ohio State will not require ACT, SAT scores for 2021 applicants

The university said the decision was made because of the challenges surrounding standardized tests during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Ohio State University announced the submission of SAT and ACT test scores for current high school and transfer students applying for the Columbus campus will be optional for 2021.

In a news release, the university said the decision was made because of the challenges surrounding standardized tests during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"All applicants are encouraged to take the ACT or SAT if possible and submit test scores if they are available, as Ohio State believes that standardized test scores provide useful information about a student’s success as a Buckeye. However, all students will receive full consideration in the admissions process and in reviews for scholarships, direct enrollment to their college or school, Honors and Scholars Programs, and the Morrill Scholarship Program if they are unable or choose not to submit a score."

Some applicants to the Columbus campus will be required to submit test scores including home-schooled students and those attending non-chartered schools with a non-traditional evaluation.

There is no change for students applying to one of Ohio State's five regional campuses, who are not required to submit test scores.

Applications for the 2021-22 academic cycle open Aug. 1. For more information, click here.