Test-Optional Policy | Coppin State University

Test-Optional Policy

Test-Optional at Coppin State University

At Coppin State University we believe in a holistic review of our applicants. A full review of submitted application materials — focusing especially on the high school record — is key to knowing a student’s preparedness and academic abilities over time. We believe in considering your life experiences, your passions and your engagement within the community. Our process also recognizes the value of standardized tests as a piece of the review process. An ACT or SAT score can provide useful information which we will consider alongside the other required application materials. 

However, we know there are times when students may feel that an ACT or SAT score does not accurately represent their academic abilities. There is sufficient evidence that standardized testing does not reflect the true academic capacities of some individuals. Given the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, students applying for the fall 2020, spring 2021 or fall 2021 semesters, we have made the decision to adopt a test-optional policy.

In absence of standardized test scores, we will continue to look at all submitted application materials, including the application, trends of grades; rigor of curriculum; essays; extracurricular activities; recommendations; other personal accomplishments, and any additional information consistent with our holistic review process.

Coppin State University has always placed the highest value on a student’s academic record (coursework and grade point average), which is proven to be the best predictor of a student’s success in college.

  • Applicants who are homeschooled or who attend non-graded schools are required to submit official ACT or SAT scores.
  • Prospective NCAA Division I student-athletes are required to submit standardized (ACT/SAT) test scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center for NCAA initial-eligibility purposes. However, prospective student-athletes may choose to apply for admission to Coppin State University as test optional applicants.
  • International applicants who are non-native English speakers must submit an acceptable score on either the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced) to be admitted into a degree program.