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Lamar University is test optional for Fall 2021 admission

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To our future Cardinals:

For years many colleges and universities, including Lamar University, have required students to submit standardized test scores as part of the admissions process. Taking the SAT or ACT has become a rite of passage for students in high school that often brings unnecessary stresses and pressures. For many students, validation or condemnation of their personal value has been boiled down to a score they receive on one test on one Saturday of their lives. 

Lamar University believes that students are more than just a number, and our policies must adhere to that value.

Beginning with students applying to Lamar University for first-year admission for the fall of 2021, Lamar University will be adopting a “test-optional” admissions policy. This policy allows a student to choose if they would like to have their standardized test scores considered in the admissions process. If you choose to submit a SAT/ACT score, we will honor that decision and will evaluate you accordingly. Likewise, if you choose not to submit scores, we will still be able to assess you equitably for admission to LU. This policy applies to all first-year freshman applicants, including domestic high school, homeschool and international students.

Additionally, if you are admitted without standardized test scores, you will be eligible for both university-wide scholarships as well as admission to the Reaud Honors College. Our goal is to ensure that you have an equitable path to Lamar University through and beyond the admissions process.

We will be sharing more details about the test-optional process in the coming weeks and look forward to helping you as you apply for admissions beginning August 1, 2020.


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Lamar University Office of Admissions and Recruitment