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Alfred University approves test optional admissions policy

Citing the cancellation of SAT and ACT exams, Alfred University last week adopted a test optional admissions policy. The COVID-19 crisis, which caused the cancellation of SAT and ACT testing this spring, affected the timing of the University’s decision. The policy change will apply only to students seeking admission to Alfred University in the fall of 2021.


ALFRED, NY – Citing the cancellation of SAT and ACT exams, Alfred University last week adopted a test optional admissions policy. The COVID-19 crisis, which caused the cancellation of SAT and ACT testing this spring, affected the timing of the University’s decision. The policy change will apply only to students seeking admission to Alfred University in the fall of 2021.

“This is an unprecedented time for students in so many ways and now with the uncertainty of when and how the SAT or ACT will occur, we hope this change will reduce stress and provide students with greater flexibility as they navigate the college admission process,” said Brian Dalton, Alfred University vice president for Enrollment Management. “As we prepare to review student applications for next year, know that we will take into account students may have pass/fail grades, co-curricular opportunities canceled, jobs lost, summer plans changed, and more. We look forward to welcoming prospective students to campus in the near the future.”

The decision to adopt a test optional policy for the 2021-22 academic year was made by the University’s Cabinet and forwarded to the deans for their approval.

“We want to remove barriers for students to apply to Alfred University,” said Beth Ann Dobie, University provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “By using an individualized approach to admissions, we will be able to maintain our standards while responding to the circumstances of each prospective student.”

Students applying for admission for the fall 2020 semester can submit applications regardless of whether they have taken the tests; each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students applying for this coming fall who were unable to take the SAT or ACT should contact the Alfred University Office of Admissions, 607-871-2115.

The University plans to reinstate the required testing policy for students applying for the fall 2022 semester.