Freshman applicants for the Fall 2025 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.
How to Apply Online as Test-Optional
- In the Status and Interests section of the application, select “I want my application reviewed without test scores” and complete the acknowledgement that you are applying with a test-optional admission review.
- Complete the required short essay question in your application for admission.
- If you are applying with the Common Application, complete the Activities section and the personal statement.
- Submit the application and pay the $55 application fee. Or, if eligible, have your high school counselor submit your application fee waiver form.
- Send your official high school transcript to Mizzou.
Scholarships for Test Optional Students
Students who apply without test scores will be reviewed holistically for automatic scholarships (for example the Chancellor’s Award, Curators Scholars Award, Excellence Award, Mark Twain Award, Border State Award, and Black & Gold Award). This means that we will review everything in your file.
Students who apply without test scores will also be reviewed for eligibility for competitive scholarships (the Mizzou Scholars Award and Columns 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request that we use your test score.
Test Optional FAQs
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 and complete three short essay questions as part of your application for admission.
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.
Students that are applying as test-optional will be required to submit an official high school transcript and complete one short essay question as part of the application for admission.
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.
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.
Yes. Homeschooled students and students that have attended a non-accredited school will be required to submit a standardized test score.
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.
Yes. Students who apply without a test score will be reviewed holistically for scholarships.
Keep in mind that submitting test scores may help you qualify for additional scholarship opportunities.
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.