Test-Optional Information

Test-Optional Information

Test-Optional Information

For first-year students and transfer students entering Converse, submission of ACT or SAT scores are optional for admission purposes. More than half of U.S. News & World Report’s Top 100 national liberal arts colleges are now test-optional.

Why Test-Optional?

We consider a number of different factors when students apply for admission to Converse, including high school grades and course selection. A student’s high school GPA has consistently been the best predictor of academic success at Converse, and we are very confident we can continue to make sound admission decisions without standardized test scores. In order to help us continue studying how predictive the SAT and ACT are in first-year success, we will collect test scores of applicants after all admission and financial aid decisions are made.

How Does Converse Evaluate an Application Without a Test Score?

Converse considers the following components to make an admission decision:

  • Application or Common Application
  • High School Transcript

Test scores, if submitted, will be added to these factors.

Can I Still be Considered for Merit-Based Aid Without Submitting My Scores?

Yes! All applicants, regardless of whether or not they submitted scores, will be evaluated for merit-based aid.

How Do I Know if I Should Submit My Scores?

If you’re pleased with your SAT or ACT scores and think they reflect your academic ability, you may submit them for consideration. However, test scores are not required for admission. All applications will be reviewed for admission and merit-based financial aid (including scholarships granted by Converse College) with or without test scores. For South Carolina state aid, test scores will still be required.

If you are unsure of whether you wish to submit your test scores for consideration, you may contact the Office of Admissions by email at admissions@converse.edu or by phone at 864.596.9040.

I Am an International Student. Do I Need to Submit My Scores?

No. International students are not required to submit standardized ACT or SAT test scores for admissions unless you feel they reflect your academic ability.

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