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Test-Optional Admission Consideration Pilot Program

Ferris State University is proud to announce piloting of a test-optional admission consideration program beginning in academic year 2018-19.


Under this program, eligible applicants may opt to be considered for admission without submitting standardized test scores to the university. Ferris recognizes that industry and scholarly research increasingly suggests that standardized testing provides an incomplete picture of some applicants' ability to succeed in a college environment.

While the ACT and SAT continue to be valuable tools for assessing some students’ college readiness, performance patterns indicate that test content and/or processes do not serve students of all backgrounds equally well—meaning that requiring them for admission consideration potentially creates another barrier to higher education for students who are already facing challenges.

At Ferris, we want to help students break those barriers down. Our university was founded on the principle of providing opportunity, and we take great pride in that tradition. Ferris will offer the test-optional admission consideration program on a pilot basis for four years to assess its value for the university and the students it serves.

Please see the FAQ section below for more information.