Dear Future Terriers,

Over the past few weeks, our day-to-day lives have been turned upside down because of COVID-19. Given the extensive disruption to standardized test administrations and the unprecedented circumstances of today’s environment, Boston University is proud to announce that we will be test optional for first-year applicants applying for fall 2021 and spring 2022.

We understand that now, more than ever, high school juniors across the country and around the world will be especially impacted by this shifting landscape as you embark on your college search. The cancellation of SAT and ACT test administrations combined with the suspension of on-campus visitation programs will make the college search for you quite different than that of preceding classes. By going test optional, BU hopes to do our part to minimize the heightened stress around standardized testing that many students are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the admissions process at Boston University has always been holistic and decisions have never been solely based on one single factor, such as an SAT or ACT score, the move to test optional for fall 2021/spring 2022 will allow us to add further weight to the important qualities and characteristics that focus more on you, and your academic and personal accomplishments.

This policy applies to all undergraduate schools and colleges at Boston University and all scholarship programs. Applicants will have the ability to indicate whether they would like us to consider their standardized test scores when they apply. International students still will be required to submit the TOEFL, IELTS, or DuoLingo English Test as the primary means for evaluating English-language proficiency. This is a temporary, one-year change to BU’s standardized testing policy and one which will be re-evaluated in the spring of 2021.

As we look towards the future, please know that our goal is to continue to bring together students who are united by a common interest in learning and whose varied life circumstances, interests, and talents contribute to the dynamic educational environment of the University.

Best of luck with your college search.

Warm regards,

Kelly A. Walter
Associate Vice President for Enrollment &
Dean of Admissions