LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Students hoping to attend the University of Louisville in the fall can apply without having to provide ACT or SAT scores. 


What You Need To Know

  •  ACT or SAT score is optional because of COVID-19

  • Tests required for certain programs

  •  First-time freshmen will need to take placement exams


The pandemic forced a lot of spring test dates to be canceled or postponed and there is still uncertainty about future testing options. UofL hopes to ease some of the stress for students and their families by making the tests optional. 

However, tests will still be required for certain programs including those in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, School of Nursing, and College of Business. If your student is applying for scholarships, most of those require test scores. UofL has some merit-based aid available for students without test scores.

“We have always attempted to look at students holistically,” said Jenny Sawyer, UofL’s executive director of admissions, “especially students with excellent grades, a strong desire to learn and be a college graduate, and those without the resources of others. This gives us the opportunity to provide access to UofL in new ways and reduce the stress of standardized tests to our prospective students, especially during these difficult times.”

First-time freshmen who do not submit ACT or SAT results will be required to take exams in math or reading to determine their placement in first-year courses after they are accepted at UofL.

The school plans to review the test-optional policy to see if it will continue beyond the fall of 2021. You can learn more about the policy at UofL's test-optional section on its website.