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Test Optional

Applicants may choose to apply without test scores

Students May Choose to Apply Without Test Scores

TLU’s Admissions Committee has approved to continue to be a test optional institution for first-year students applying for Spring 2023 and Fall 2023.

How do students apply as test optional?

  • On the admissions application - TLU Application, ApplyTexas, or Common Application - you will be asked if you want to apply test optional. If you do, please select "Yes."

Conditions to choosing test optional:

  • Students who choose test optional may be asked for additional information: Your admissions representative or the admissions committee may request additional information from you such as a new writing sample or a letter of recommendation.
  • International students: International students (students needing a visa to study in the U.S.) cannot apply test-optional. Though we do not require the SAT or ACT for them, they need to submit the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Transfer students who will be reviewed as first-year students will need to send scores.
  • Reactivated students: Students who have applied for a previous semester but did not attend, and are now reapplying for spring 2023 or fall 2023, have the option to apply as test optional.

Other special circumstances:

  • Denied students: We will not re-review denied students as test optional. They should go through the regular appeal process to appeal their decision and provide new academic information.

    It is important to note that all admitted students are eligible to receive the same academic scholarships whether they apply as test optional or they submit their scores. The three academic scholarship levels are: Heritage, Academic Excellence, and Presidential (TLU Promise).

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