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Test Requirements + Test-Optional Policy

We know every applicant has a unique combination of skills. That's why at Bryant, you can decide whether you'd like to submit your SAT or ACT scores with your application or apply under our test-optional policy.

SAT/ACT

With our comprehensive and holistic application process, the submission of SAT or ACT scores is optional. If you feel your SAT or ACT scores are an accurate representation of your academic potential, then submit them with your application. Or, you may choose instead to apply as test-optional and answer three short essay questions (see below for more information about our test-optional policy).

There are no cutoffs or minimum scores for your SAT or ACT scores or with any part of your Bryant application. To view the average SAT score and other facts about current Bryant students, read our Admitted Student Profile for Class of 2020. To submit your scores for the SAT, use CEEB code 3095. To submit your scores for ACT, use code 3802. For more information about the SAT or ACT, visit the College Board web site.

TEST-OPTIONAL POLICY

At Bryant, we believe your academic abilities and talents can be shown in a number of ways. That's why we adopted our test-optional policy: if you feel your SAT or ACT scores aren't an accurate reflection of your abilities, then you can choose not to submit them. Instead, you'll answer three short essay questions on your application. These questions will appear in your application after you select test-optional.

How do we evaluate your answers? The committee seeks clear, concise, and focused writing that demonstrates thoughtful reflection. The three questions provide the opportunity to tell the story you wish your test scores could tell. You'll be able to share your perspective on your academic strengths, personal and professional development, and the impact you believe you can make in the Bryant community as you grow into a successful leader.

Applying test-optional is a personal and individual decision—so consider it carefully. Once you have submitted your application, you will be unable to change your option. To view the average SAT score and other facts about current Bryant students, read our Admitted Student Profile for Class of 2020, which may help you make your decision.

Why does Bryant offer a test-optional policy?

Here at Bryant, we offer an education—and an admission process—that's focused on the whole person. We know that sometimes test results may not be an accurate indicator of an applicant's overall ability to succeed in college. The test optional alternative allows us to consider your strengths that may be demonstrated in areas other than your ACT or SAT score.

Do I have to submit any additional material if I choose not to submit test scores?

Applicants must submit answers to three short essay questions in their application.

How will Bryant Admission evaluate students who do not submit test scores?

The review process for students who submit ACT or SAT scores and for students who do not submit scores is similar, with a student's high school transcript being the most important part of any evaluation. Other factors that go into an admission decision at Bryant include recommendations, co-curricular activities, community involvement, writing ability, and other achievements.

Does Bryant Admission take advanced courses into consideration?

Yes, if your high school offers advanced placement (AP) or honors courses or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, your involvement in this type of rigorous high school curriculum will reflect positively on your application. We'll carefully review the strength of your high school classes and your performance in them, in the context of what your high school offers.

Can I submit test scores after I've submitted my test optional application?

Once you've submitted your application, you'll be unable to change your option. So please make sure to consider your decision carefully before submitting your application.

Can I compare my academic qualifications against current Bryant students?

Yes. To view the average SAT score and other academic facts about current Bryant students, read our Admitted Student Profile for Class of 2020. It's an academic profile that may help you make your decision on whether to apply as test optional.

How do I choose whether I want my application evaluated as test optional?

When you submit your application to Bryant (using either the Common Application or the Universal College Application and supplements), please indicate on the supplemental section if you would like to be considered test optional.

What if my scores are included on my transcripts or are sent by the College Board/ACT?

If you've indicated that you’d like to apply test optional, your scores will not be considered as part of the application review.

How does being considered test optional affect merit scholarship consideration?

All applicants to Bryant are considered for merit scholarships at the time of the review of their application. This is true for all students regardless of submitting standardized test. Evaluation for merit is based on all elements of a student's application, as well as the competitive nature of the applicant pool.

If I do not submit test scores, can I still be considered for the honors program?

Certainly! Here are the qualifications you’ll need to meet.

How will the test optional policy affect my athletic status?

Student-athletes can apply to the University under the test optional policy, but they'll additionally need to submit scores to the NCAA and to Bryant's Compliance Office to ensure athletic eligibility.

Can international students apply using the test optional policy?

Yes, but you are required to submit the TOEFL/IELTS.

Can transfer students apply using the test optional policy?

Yes.

Do transfer students have to answer the essay questions when applying under the test optional policy?

Only if you have completed less than 10 college courses.