April 20, 2020

Wayne State to offer test-optional admission requirement for new fall 2020 freshman applicants

The Wayne State University Board of Governors has approved a proposal to temporarily suspend the standardized test score requirement for new fall 2020 freshmen applicants. The temporary suspension would be for students who are unable to take their SAT or ACT due to COVID-19.

“We understand what a challenging time this is for high school seniors,” said Ericka M. Jackson, senior director of undergraduate admissions. “We want to provide a path to Wayne State for those students who have not yet taken the SAT or ACT.  Now is the time to be helpful, supportive and allow latitude for students to apply without submitting a test score.”

In order to properly execute a test-optional holistic review for late fall freshmen applicants, Undergraduate Admissions will use additional staffing resources, dedicated academic advisors, and college transition coaches to ensure a smooth and successful transition to Wayne State.

“We do not expect that there will be a significant number of high school seniors who have not taken any entrance exam,” said Dawn Medley, associate vice president of enrollment management. “For those who are unable to submit a test score for consideration of their admission decision, alternative options need to be provided. We want to be supportive of those in need so as not to delay a student’s goal of beginning college in the fall.”

For students currently applying for the fall who have not taken a college entrance exam, a holistic review process will be used. The admission decision will be based on evaluation of additional factors and materials submitted by applicants.

Test-optional students will require placement testing at Wayne State to determine appropriate college-level coursework and more substantive academic advising.

 Exceptions to the test-optional policy (students who will not be able to apply as test-optional applicants) include:

  • Students who are homeschooled or attend non-graded schools. 
  • Students who already have a test score on file.   
  • Students who would like to be considered for the 4+1 JD program. 
  • International applicants who are non-native English speakers must submit an acceptable score on the IELTS, TOEFL MET or Duolingo test to be admitted into a degree program.  

“In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wayne State University aims to be flexible and supportive,” said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Keith Whitfield. “Especially for high school seniors who have not yet taken a college entrance exam.  We are the world class university in your local community.  This is just another way we are here for the citizens of Detroit, Michigan and beyond.”

For more information regarding undergraduate admission requirements, contact the Student Service Center at 313-577-2100 or email admissions@wayne.edu.


Kelly Driscoll
Phone: 313-577-9559
Email: kdriscoll@wayne.edu

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