FSC Adopts Test-Optional Admissions Policy Starting in 2021 Academic Terms

May 20, 2020

by FSC Staff

To assist students facing unprecedented challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida Southern College will implement a test-optional admissions policy for students who are considering enrolling for the spring and fall 2021 terms.

“Given the uncertainty of when and how testing may be administered, we think this is appropriate to meet students’ needs," said John Grundig, vice president for enrollment management. "Additionally, strong academic talent and potential may not always be reflected in standardized test scores. Students who perform well inside the classroom and demonstrate strong involvement and character outside of it are frequently just as likely to be successful in college."

As an alternative to submitting test scores for consideration, applicants will instead submit a written response. In this essay, applicants are encouraged to share their perspective on their academic strengths, personal and professional development, unique skills and talents, and the overall impact they believe they can make as a part of the Florida Southern College community.

The option to apply under the College's test-optional policy is designed for students who perform well in the classroom but whose academic strength is not reflected in their standardized test scores. It also acknowledges the difficulties presented by COVID-19 and how they can impact test taking and the availability of tests.

Florida Southern will provide equal consideration for students who choose not to submit standardized test scores as it does for those who do. In both cases, the review process is a holistic one, with a student’s high school transcript being the most important part of any evaluation. 

Additional factors that are a part of consideration for admission at FSC include recommendations, co-curricular activities, community involvement, writing ability, and other academic and personal achievements.