May 4, 2021

Wayne State to extend test-optional admission requirement for fall 2022 freshman applicants

Many of the same barriers and challenges for high school students that existed at the beginning of the pandemic, related to access to test preparation and administration of the SAT or ACT, are continuing.

The Wayne State University Board of Governors has approved a proposal to extend the temporary suspension of the standardized test score requirement for freshmen applying for fall 2022 admission. 

Medley

“Many of the same barriers and challenges for high school students that existed at the beginning of the pandemic, related to access to test preparation and administration of the SAT or ACT, are continuing,” said Dawn Medley, associate vice president for enrollment management. “Wayne State University is committed to holding students harmless for these circumstances that are out of their control. We feel confident that our test-optional procedures 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 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. 

Jackson

“Our admissions office has adopted national best practices regarding test-optional procedures,” said Ericka M. Jackson, senior director of undergraduate admissions. “The test-optional policy has played a vital 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.

The application for fall 2022 opens in August. Applicants can fill out the WSU undergraduate application at wayne.edu/apply

Questions? Email admissions@wayne.edu 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 slate.wayne.edu/portal/campus-visit.

Contact

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

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