Bloomsburg University introducing new test-optional admission practice

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                           

Date: September 8, 2020

Contact Tom McGuire, Director of Communications/Media Relations

Bloomsburg University introducing new test-optional admission practice

BLOOMSBURG--Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is introducing a new test-optional admission practice for the 2020-21 recruitment cycle. 

Now first-year applicants to the university will not be required to submit either a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT) score to complete an application for admission. This process will be the first year of a pilot program designed to enable a more comprehensive application analysis.

“We know that many of our students are facing unprecedented uncertainty and may not have access to take the SAT or ACT this year,” said Chris Lapos, associate vice president for undergraduate and transfer admissions. “Bloomsburg University always prioritized providing access to higher education to all students, and this approach allows us to continue to fulfill our mission while ensuring students have the preparation necessary for success in college.”

All applicants who submit a high school transcript will receive full consideration for admission and scholarships. Applicants will not be penalized or otherwise disadvantaged for not submitting a standardized test score with the admissions application. 

When reviewing applications for competitive programs, like nursing, BU will consider the rigor of the courses taken, including AP, honors, and dual enrollment course work. Applicants can still choose to include SAT or ACT scores in what they submit for admission consideration, and Bloomsburg University’s admissions team will review accordingly.


Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. We believe opportunity belongs to those who are ready to work for it and unafraid to do something great with it. But it’s not just for us. As a Husky, every step you take pulls the whole pack forward. Serving approximately 8,600 students, BU offers comprehensive programs of study in five distinct colleges: College of Education, Zeigler College of Business, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology, and Honors College.