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Test Optional FAQ

We don’t want test scores to stand in the way of becoming a Forester! In September 2020, Huntington University announced that applicants may apply without an SAT or ACT score beginning Fall 2021.


Test scores are only one measure of college readiness. We want to review your application file holistically, taking into account your academic record, essays, extracurricular involvements, references, etc.

Who is eligible?

Any student who is enrolled in a public or private high school within the United States and who has completed a college preparatory high school curriculum which includes:

  • 4 years of English
  • 2 years of college preparatory mathematics
  • 3 years of social studies (including American and world history)

Students who are applying test-optional should complete our Supplemental Application which includes a 250-word essay by clicking here.

You may also request two individuals to complete a recommendation form on your behalf. We suggest asking someone who knows you well and can speak to your ability to be successful as a college student such as a teacher, guidance counselor, coach, supervisor, pastor, etc. Family members may not complete your recommendation form.

You may provide the following link to your references:

What about homeschooled students?

Homeschooled students and students who attend high schools that do not assign grades may still apply test-optional if you have completed at least 6 credit hours of college coursework (100 level or higher academic courses) from an accredited college and received a grade of C or better.

Do student-athletes need to have a test score?

Per NAIA policy, incoming freshmen must meet two of the three criteria listed below in order to be certified as eligible to compete in athletics their first year.

  • 2.0 high school cumulative GPA
  • The top half of his/her graduating class
  • 18 or higher on the ACT or 970 or higher on the SAT (math and evidence-based reading and writing only)

If you have additional questions, contact the Athletic Department at (260) 359-4212.

How will it affect my financial aid offer?

Financial aid will continue to be offered based on merit and need. All regularly admitted full-time students will still receive an academic scholarship, regardless of whether you submit a test score. Submitting a test score will help us best identify all academic scholarships for which you may be eligible.

If I take the SAT/ACT, do I have to send it?

No, even if you have an SAT/ACT score you will not be required to submit it. However, we suggest submitting a test score if you have one. The more information you can provide us to demonstrate your academic abilities will help us make a more informed admission decision along with assisting in course placement.

How do I send my SAT/ACT scores?

Your standardized test scores may be sent to Huntington University through the test website ( or Our SAT code is 1304 and our ACT code is 1202. If your high school includes your SAT/ACT score on your high school transcript, then an official copy of your transcript will also be considered an official reporting of test scores.

Does this mean Huntington is lowering its admission standards?

No, our average GPA for incoming freshmen is a 3.47 on a 4.0 scale. We don’t anticipate that removing our testing requirement will lower our academic profile. We’re committed to admitting students who will be successful in and out of the classroom and continuing the legacy of success which has been in place since 1897.

Can I apply now and send my scores later?

Yes, feel free to apply to Huntington University now and send your test scores once you have the opportunity to test. You can submit initial or updated SAT or ACT scores until March 1 of your senior year.