August 3, 2020

Undergraduate application goes live with test-optional admission pathway

The Wayne State University Office of Undergraduate Admissions has opened the 2021 application with a test-optional pathway for students who are unable to take a college entrance exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In June, the Wayne State University Board of Governors approved an extension of the temporary suspension of standardized test scores through the fall 2021 admissions cycle. 


“The pandemic has shuttered testing locations for students across the state of Michigan and in many other states,” said Dawn Medley, associate vice president for enrollment management. “We must hold students harmless for these circumstances that are out of their control. We feel confident that our test-optional procedures will offer a well-rounded, in-depth review process that looks at the whole student.”

In addition to a traditional transcript and GPA review, test-optional requirements for incoming freshmen will include a recommendation form to be filled out by an academic source, short essay questions, and submission of leadership activities, extracurricular activities, community involvement and work experience. 

“Now is the time to be helpful, supportive and allow latitude for students to apply without submitting a test score,” said Ericka M. Jackson, senior director of undergraduate admissions. “Our admissions office has collaborated on best practices nationwide regarding test-optional procedures. The test-optional policy will play an important role in providing access and opportunities and removing barriers to post-secondary education.


"We have a responsibility to commit to the work of creating a welcoming and inviting front door for students. Our response continues to be guided by our mission of access and equity.”

Students admitted under the test-optional policy will require placement testing at Wayne State to determine appropriate college-level coursework and more substantive academic advising.
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.

Applicants can fill out the WSU undergraduate application at

Questions? Email or call the Student Service Center at 313-577-2100. 

Prospective students can also schedule a virtual one-on-one visit with an admissions counselor by visiting

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