Due to the impact of COVID-19, UMSL has adopted a test-optional admission policy for first-time college applicants for the fall 2021 term. Test-optional means ACT/SAT scores will not be required for admission decisions, and applicants will have the option of being reviewed with or without standardized test scores.  Our goals is to ensure that all high-achieving, motivated students have access to the University of Missouri-St. Louis regardless of if they have access to standardized testing or not.

Choosing to be reviewed without test scores means the admission decision will be determined by a committee. To be considered for admission without standardized test scores, applicants must have a 3.0 core GPA or higher.  The test-optional application process will also require a personal statement (250 words or less double spaced) and official high school transcripts be sent to the committee.  Applicants may also submit a resume and letters of recommendation from high school officials to support their application.  However, these supplemental documents are not required for consideration.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

An essay you write to show the admission review  committee who you are and why you deserve to be admitted to UMSL. It should be no more than 250 words double spaced.  
Students who believe their ACT or SAT scores represent a strong, positive component of their academic portfolio may still submit them as a core element of their application package. 

UMSL offers the Academic Scholarship(https://www.umsl.edu/services/finaid/scholarships/Freshmen-Merit.html) to all test-optional admits with a 3.5 GPA or if they graduate in the top 5% of their class.   

The University Scholarship (https://www.umsl.edu/services/finaid/scholarships/Freshmen-Merit.html) to test-optional admits who graduate valedictorian or salutatorian of their class.   

These students will also be eligible for the Advanced Credit Program(dual credit with UMSL) Scholarship and the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship without ACT scores (https://www.umsl.edu/services/finaid/scholarships/about-scholarships.html). 

Transfer students who apply to UMSL need to provide ACT or SAT scores only if they are under that age of 24, and have less than 24 transferrable hours. They must also provide an official high school transcript in the case above.  
International students who apply to UMSL do not need to provide SAT, SAT subject tests, or ACT scores unless they choose to do so. However, if English is not the student's native language, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required. 
Yes, homeschooled students are required to submit SAT or ACT scores for consideration of admission and academic scholarships.
Yes, GED/HiSET students are required to submit SAT or ACT scores for consideration of admission and academic scholarships unless they are 24 years old or older.