Test Optional Admission Policy
How to Apply Test Optional:
- Apply online at www.catawba.edu/apply.
- Submit an official high school transcript. If a student has not or will not receive a high school diploma, they may present a General Education Development (GED) certificate or a certified High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). NOTE: a notarized English translation is required when official records in another language.
- Submit a writing sample. To fulfill this requirement, students will write a 600-word essay using the prompts provided at www.catawba.edu/writingprompt.
- Have a (Optional) Letter of recommendation from a core subject teacher or your guidance counselor submitted.
NOTE: For applicants seeking admissions without official standardized test scores on either the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT - CEEB code #5103) or the American College Testing Program (ACT - CEEB code #3080), you will be required to submit all scores after admission and prior to the start of your first semester. These scores will have no bearing on the admissions decision or merit scholarship awards. Scores are only used for placement in first year courses and research purposes.