U of O adopts test-optional admission policy

Release Date: 12/23/2016

University of the Ozarks has adopted a test-optional admission policy following a study that showed there was no direct correlation between academic success at Ozarks and standardized testing.

Under the new policy, which goes into effect immediately, prospective students applying to Ozarks are no longer required to submit ACT or SAT scores as part of the admission process. Applicants who decide to apply test-optional will receive full consideration for admission, without penalty.

"University of the Ozarks emphasizes a holistic review of a student's application and we believe that factors other than standardized test scores are stronger predictors of a student's potential to succeed in college," said Reggie Hill, assistant vice president for advancement and director of enrollment management. "In fact, our research confirms that the best indicators of academic success at U of O are a student's grade point average, extracurricular activities, co-curricular activities, and the rigor of course work taken during high school."

Prospective students can still submit either the SAT or ACT if they feel their results best represent their academic potential.

"Our objective is to get the most accurate and thorough information as to whether or not a student will be successful at University of the Ozarks," Hill said. "We encourage applicants to send us information that will best help us make that decision."

Competitive candidates desiring admission to U of O under the test-optional policy should have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5 and demonstrate above average performance in the core academic areas of English, math, science, and social science. The Admission Committee focuses on individual grades in each core subject area. The Admission Committee also looks for consistent above average academic performance throughout a student's sophomore year, junior year and senior year in high school. Exceptions to the test-optional policy can be made based on a thorough review of an appeal submitted to the Admission Committee.

For more information about the test-optional admission policy at U of O, please contact the Office of Admission at 479-979-1227.