University of Arizona

as of email dated 8/7/2020

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COVID-19 has changed many things, but it shouldn’t prevent students from achieving their college aspirations.

When students apply to the University of Arizona for the 2021-22 academic year, they will not be required to submit SAT and/or ACT scores for admission or merit aid consideration.

Merit scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year will be awarded based on students’ Core GPA as defined by the Arizona Board of Regents. Additionally, SAT and/or ACT scores will not be required for application to the following colleges for the 2021-22 academic year: College of Architecture; College of Engineering; College of Nursing; Eller College of Management; Planning & Landscape Architecture; and the University of Arizona Honors College.

More information about scholarships and our merit aid chart is available by clicking here.

Why has the University of Arizona made this change for the 2021-22 academic year?

COVID-19 has impacted many students’ ability to take the SAT and/or ACT due to more frequent test cancellations and fewer testing days and sites. Many universities across the country have also decided to suspend their SAT and/or ACT requirements for the 2021-22 academic year.

Will this impact the university’s admissions standards?

Our admissions standards are set by the Arizona Board of Regents and will not be changing. We have always been test-optional for admissions, but this year we are also removing the test requirement for merit scholarships. Arizona Wildcats are some of the best and brightest students in the nation, and we are confident that our next incoming class will be no exception.

If you’re doing this, why aren’t you test blind this year?

Our admissions practices have always followed a holistic approach that considers students on an individual basis. Many factors, including a student’s academic record and GPA, extracurriculars, notable experiences, and background, are considered before offering admission. Test scores have always been just one factor in a wider array. It became apparent with the many challenges this year that test scores are better suited to help a student clear an academic deficiency than add any additional stress or burden.

How will the university recognize AP/IB and honors classes, along with other accomplishments?

We value students who work hard and have big aspirations, and these qualities don’t go unnoticed. To reward students who have gone above and beyond, we offer a Dean’s Exemplary Award that is designed to acknowledge the completion of rigorous coursework.

How will the university enhance its student support and retention initiatives?

Students have access to a number of free resources, including academic support via the THINK TANK and SALT Center, as well as career guidance through Student Engagement and Career Development. Our Arizona Assurance program provides individualized support for Arizona students from low-income families, while First Cats helps first-generation college students cross the graduation finish line.

In addition, our new Student Success District is scheduled to be completed for the 2021-22 incoming class. This cutting-edge district in the core of campus will revolutionize how students leverage academic advising, career coaching, and wellness services to maximize all levels of their success.



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