Test-Optional Policy

SAT and ACT scores are an optional component of the admission evaluation process for first-year applicants.

When you apply to Willamette, you can decide whether your standardized test results accurately reflect your academic ability and potential. If you choose to submit them, your test scores will be reviewed with other indicators of your academic ability.

We adopted our test-optional policy following a yearlong study by our Faculty Admission Committee. It found that success in an academically rigorous college preparatory curriculum was a stronger predictor of success at Willamette than standardized test performance. 


If you take the SAT and/or ACT more than once, the Admission Committee will review your highest scores from each section, resulting in what is widely known as a superscore.

International Students

International applicants are required to provide either the TOEFL or IELTS to test English proficiency, but they have the option of applying without submitting SAT and/or ACT scores. Those who choose the test-optional process must participate in a half-hour video interview.

Visit our frequently asked questions page for more information, or contact the Office of Admission at bearcat@willamette.edu or (503) 370-6303.

Note: If you apply under our test-optional policy, we’ll ask you to submit your SAT or ACT scores after you’ve committed to attend. This information will be used to evaluate the SAT in future application cycles.


Willamette University

Office of Admission

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6303 voice
1-844-BEARCAT toll free
503-375-5363 fax
503-375-5383 TDD

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