Test-Optional Policy

Here at UNH, we know our applicants’ academic abilities are more than a score on one test. That’s why we’ve decided to choose a test-optional approach to our application review process. Our test-optional policy reflects our holistic review to the college application process, in which standardized test scores have never been a deciding factor. Our experience at UNH, as backed up by extensive research, has shown that academic achievement in the classroom is a stronger indicator of student success. With our test-optional approach, we hope students who view standardized tests as a barrier to college will have increased access to a UNH education.

There is one exception to our test-optional policy:

  • Students recruited by our intercollegiate athletic programs must continue to submit standardized test scores to UNH in order to assess their initial NCAA eligibility.  Recruited athletes cannot be test optional in UNH’s admission process. 

If you enroll as a member of UNH's Class of 2025, you will be asked to submit your test scores after the May 1 deposit deadline for university research purposes only.

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Yes. Homeschooled students and those who attend nontraditional schools are eligible to participate in the test-optional program.

Students are encouraged to submit detailed information about the depth of their curriculum, including and/or additional supporting documents as evidence of achievement.

Suggested supporting documents include a graded writing sample, SAT, ACT, SAT II subject tests or AP exam results.

If you are an international student whose native language is not English, you are eligible to take advantage of the test-optional policy. However, if English is not your first language or you are attending a school where English is not the primary language of instruction, you will be required to submit results of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Test System (IELTS) or Duolingo as evidence of English proficiency.

Should you take the SAT and earn a score of 500 or higher on the Evidence-based Reading and Writing (ERBW), your English proficiency admission requirement will be waived.

Note: Students who do not meet our English proficiency requirement but are otherwise admissible to UNH may be considered for our ESL Bridge Program.

When completing your Common Application or Coalition Application, you will be asked to indicate your decision to either include or exclude your test score(s) from consideration.

No. Once you indicate your choice to include or exclude your test scores and submit your application to UNH, you will not be permitted to change your decision, and scores will be required to complete your admission application.

Even if your test scores were submitted to UNH prior to your application, they will not be considered if you indicate on your Common Application or Coalition Application that you want your scores excluded.

Yes. All students who apply for admission will automatically be considered for academic merit scholarship and/or the University Honors Program regardless of whether they choose to submit their test scores for consideration.

Students who apply to UNH and elect not to submit test scores to UNH are, as noted above, eligible for merit scholarships.  These students must still satisfy the academic component of the merit scholarship requirements (i.e., Class Rank (CR) and/or Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements).  Selection criteria will then focus on several other components of the application materials submitted by the student.  These include:

  • A close examination of the student’s curriculum to determine the relative strength of the student’s curricular choices compared to the offerings of the student’s high school.
  • A close reading of the recommendations submitted in support of the student’s application by teachers and school counselors to determine if the student meets the spirit and intent of the scholarship programs (identifying and rewarding excellence relative to UNH’s applicant pool).
  • A close review of a student’s essays and involvements to determine whether the student demonstrates excellence in these dimensions relative to our applicant pool and expectations for students. 

These items are not quantifiable like test scores can be.  These decisions will be interpretive and holistically based, meaning that the decision for scholarship eligibility will be inclusive of all materials submitted, and will be predicated on admissions staff interpretations of the materials provided. 

Scholarship decisions cannot be appealed unless new information—submitted by the school counselor—regarding grades, class rank updates, or other compelling information becomes available subsequent to the initial decision being made on the student’s admission application.

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No. Your decision to submit your test scores is a personal choice and will not affect our review process for any of our majors.

If you took a standardized test, you will be required to submit your test results after you enroll strictly for university research purposes, regardless of whether you opted in or out of our test-optional policy. The scores will not have any bearing on your admission decision.

No. Only students who took a standardized test will be required to submit the results after they enroll.

No. Test scores are not a factor in placement decisions.