Test-Optional Admission

In consideration of the impacts of COVID-19, freshman applicants for the fall 2021 semester have the option of being reviewed with or without test scores. Choosing a test-optional review will mean your admissibility will be determined holistically by a committee.

You will be required to submit a personal statement and resume, in addition to your official high school transcript as part of your admissions application.

Scholarships, honors participation, and other opportunities may be limited for students choosing a review without test scores. And some students are not able to apply as test-optional. Read on for more information.

How to Apply as Test-Optional

  1. Apply online
    • In the Status and Interests section of the application, select “I want my application reviewed without test scores”
    • Submit the application and pay the $55 application fee. Or, if eligible, have your high school counselor submit your application fee waiver form.
  2. Send required materials
    • Login to your Application Status Page and upload your supporting documents (more information below)
    • Request that your high school counselor send us your official transcript
  3. Complete Enrollment Steps
    • Continue checking your Application Status Page for required materials and new information

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Supporting Documents

Required supporting documents to your test-optional application include a personal statement and resume. Please make sure you include your full legal name and application number or myZou ID number at the top of each document.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be no more than 650 words and can address any/all of the following:

  • Why you would like to be considered for admission without test scores
  • Why you believe that you would be a successful student on the Mizzou campus
  • A description of your academic and career plans and any special interests you have (for example, academic interests, research, leadership opportunities, etc.)
  • Unusual circumstances, challenges, or obstacles you have encountered in pursuit of your education
  • Any other information you think would be important for the Admissions Committee to consider
  • You can also use your Common Application Essay for your personal statement. Simply upload it on your Mizzou Application Status Page

Resume

Your resume should list accomplishments and activities from your time in high school, including sustained and meaningful involvement in clubs, organizations, sports, civic programs, employment, volunteer work and anything else you think would be appropriate for the Admissions Committee to consider. View a sample resume by clicking below.

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Scholarships for Test-optional Students

Test-optional students will be reviewed holistically for automatic scholarships (like the Chancellor’s Award, Curators Scholars Award, Excellence Award, Mark Twain Award, Border State Award, and Black & Gold Award). This means that we will look at everything in your file and use other information from your transcript (like your GPA) to award automatic scholarships.

Test-optional students will also be reviewed for eligibility for competitive scholarships (the Brooks Award, the Mizzou Scholars Award and the Diversity Award) in the same way. Students who are selected to apply will be notified and will see the applications for those scholarships on their Application Status Page. Students applying test-optional will not be eligible for Stamps Scholars.

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Honors College for Test-optional Students

Test-optional students will be reviewed holistically for admission to the Honors College. Students who are eligible to apply will see the Honors College Application on their Application Status Page. The deadline to apply for Honors is March 1.

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Students Ineligible to Apply as Test-Optional

The following groups of students are required to submit an ACT or SAT score:

  • Home-schooled students
  • Students who have attended a non-accredited school

Submitting scores after applying

Providing a test score helps us place you in the right courses and maximizes your opportunity for scholarships at Mizzou. In some cases, it also could improve your ability to gain admission.

If you choose a test-optional review because you haven’t had the opportunity to take the ACT or SAT yet, you can submit a test score after you apply. Simply email us at mizzouapp@missouri.edu to request that we use your test score.

Test Optional FAQs

What does it mean for Mizzou to go “test-optional”?

Going test-optional means that you can decide whether you want test scores reviewed in the admission process. If you decide to apply as test-optional, you will be required to submit an official high school transcript, personal statement and resume. Once we receive those three items, we will review you for admission. We will release admission decisions beginning October 1 for test-optional students.

Choosing to have your test scores  reviewed can help support your admission into the University of Missouri, your application for scholarships, application to the Honors College and specific scholars programs.

What do I have to submit if I apply test-optional?

Students that are applying as test-optional will be required to submit an official high school transcript. After your application is submitted, you will also be required to submit a personal statement and resume.

What should be included on my resume and in my personal statement?

Your personal statement should be no more than 650 words and can address any or all of the following:

  • Why you would like to be considered for admission without test scores
  • Why you believe that you would be a successful student on the Mizzou campus
  • A description of your academic and career plans and any special interests you have (for example, academic interests, research, leadership opportunities, etc.)
  • Unusual circumstances, challenges, or obstacles you have encountered in pursuit of your education
  • Any other information you think would be important for the Admissions Committee to consider

Your resume should list accomplishments and activities from your time in high school, including sustained and meaningful involvement in clubs, organizations, sports, civic programs, employment, volunteer work and anything else you think would be appropriate for the Admissions Committee to consider.

What if I have a test score?

If you want your test score reviewed for admission, simply select that option on the application. We will use our regular admission requirements to review your application. Providing a test score allows for accurate course placement and maximizes your opportunity for scholarships at Mizzou. In some cases, it also could improve your opportunity to gain admission. If you originally applied as test-optional but now wish to have your test scores used, email us to request that change.

Can I still improve my test score?

Yes! We will accept ACT and SAT scores through July of your senior year. You do not need to reapply. Just send us new official scores as you receive them.

I applied without test scores but now I have the opportunity to take the ACT or SAT. Can I switch and have you review my test score?

Yes, students may change from being reviewed as test-optional to being reviewed with a test score. You must notify Admissions via email to amend your application accordingly.

Are there any students that cannot apply without test scores?

Yes. Homeschooled students, students who have attended a non-accredited school, and student athletes subject to NCAA eligibility standards will be required to submit a standardized test score.

What advantages are there to selecting a test score review?

Applying with a test score will speed up your admission review process. For some students, it will increase their chances of admission and possibly increase scholarship and Honors College opportunities.

Can I still receive scholarships if don’t submit test scores?

Yes. Information regarding scholarships for students who do not submit test scores will be available this fall.

Keep in mind that submitting test scores may help you qualify for additional scholarship opportunities.

If I requested a review with test scores but now I want to request a test-optional review, can I do that?

Yes. You can email us to request that change only if we have not already made an admissions decision on your test score review application.