Standardized Test Optional Policy
Beginning with students seeking admission for the fall 2010 semester, Fairfield University will make it optional for you to submit your SAT or ACT test results. We are adopting this policy to formalize our ongoing commitment to a holistic review process to evaluate prospective students.
Fairfield acknowledges that standardized test scores can be shaped by environmental and cultural factors that make them a less-than-ideal gauge of your capacity for success. Our findings, which are consistent with those of other institutions, are that your high school record in general is a better predictor of future success than your scores on the SATs.
As a Jesuit, Catholic institution committed to creating a student-focused, holistic, and diverse educational environment, we believe strongly in making a Fairfield education available to as many talented students as possible. We firmly believe that by making test scores optional, Fairfield University will attract a high number of talented and engaged students who will benefit from what Fairfield has to offer and contribute to the richness of our community.
What we look for in our students
When considering an applicant for admission, we will continue to consider all measures of academic achievement, as well as curricular and extra curricular achievement. We want to know about your academic abilities, community engagement, and leadership qualities. Your knowledge of and appreciation for Fairfield's mission and vision are also important factors. Ultimately, our goal is to enroll students who are committed to becoming scholars who will contribute to and benefit from the Fairfield community.
If you decide not to submit your test scores, we will strongly encourage you to schedule a campus interview or arrange an interview with an alumnus.