Test Optional

First year applicants to the University of Mary Washington Photographerwho maintain at least a 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative high school grade point average in a challenging course of study may request to be considered for admission to the university without standardized test scores. Applicants should request test optional review on their application for freshman admission. Students applying for merit-based scholarships, including the Washington and Alvey Scholarship, would be ineligible for this program. Students applying test optional may qualify for other endowed scholarships and a new curriculum based program (details to be announced soon).

Exceptions to test optional review include:

  • Students applying for admission to the UMW Honors Program
  • Students applying for merit based scholarships (full-ride Washington and Alvey Scholarships, Presidential, Eagle, and Blue-Gray Awards)
  • Home-schooled applicants
  • Candidates applying from schools that provide written evaluations rather than grades

Admission to UMW remains a competitive process, and all candidates for admission will be considered on their own merits. Qualifying for application review without submitting standardized test scores does not guarantee admission to UMW.

If you have questions regarding the test optional policy, please contact Admissions at 540/654-2000, 800/468-5614 or admit@umw.edu.