WACO, TX — Incoming freshman students for the Fall 2022 and Fall 2023 application cycles will have the option to apply with or without standardized test scores from the SAT or ACT.
Last spring, the university announced its Fall 2021 admissions cycle would be test-optional due COVID-19 limiting SAT and ACT testing availability.
Around half of Baylor's Fall 2021 incoming freshman class applied without standardized test scores but "with a continued strong academic profile."
All admissions processes and procedures have now been updated to "allow flexibility for students to apply with or without standardized scores." The university says all students are "holistically reviewed for admission into Baylor, including academic ability, mission fit and other variables."
"To assist prospective students and their families, Baylor will confidently continue the test-optional policy for both incoming Fall 2022 and Fall 2023 students and reevaluate for future years," said Mary Herridge, senior director of undergraduate admissions at Baylor. "This decision puts Baylor in the best position to provide an equitable application process and enroll academically successful students who also can contribute to our campus community in significant ways."