Standardized testing requirement waived for fall 2020 admissions

Standardized testing requirement waived for fall 2020 admissions

IU Northwest waives standardized testing requirement for fall 2020 admissions

SAT/ACT scores waived; fall admission will be based on other factors

Gary, Ind. – In response to SAT and ACT exams being canceled for the immediate future due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Indiana University Northwest announced that standardized test scores will be waived for applicants to be considered for fall 2020 admission. Instead, admission to the university will be based on a variety of other factors, including high school curriculum and cumulative grade point average (GPA).

This decision makes it easier for students impacted by test cancellations and test site closings to apply for admission. This practice will be similar to the test-optional admission policy that is already approved to be implemented for fall 2021 admission.

In December, the IU Board of Trustees approved a change in policy allowing each IU campus the option of adopting a test-optional admissions policy. Faculty leadership at IU Northwest then began working with the Office of Admissions, and other campus stakeholders, to consider this option with the goal of fine-tuning the admission options for students. In January, changes to the undergraduate admissions policy were made official, allowing for test-optional admissions for the Fall 2021 semester.

Alleviating anxiety

That means that waiving the requirement for fall 2020 admissions was an easy decision to help alleviate anxiety brought on by the current state of affairs.

“Students at every level, and especially our high school seniors, are reeling from the changes that the coronavirus pandemic has forced upon us,” said Associate Professor of Economics Micah Pollak, chair of the IU Northwest committee that developed the test-optional standard for 2021-22. “For many students, future plans are suddenly being re-evaluated. We want to do what we can to extend some understanding as we work to enroll students for the fall semester. Waiving the standardized testing requirement for the upcoming academic year is one thing we can do to eliminate an obstacle for our prospective students.”

Dorothy Frink, director of admissions, reminds prospective students that the priority registration deadline for fall 2020 admission is June 1.

“These uncertain times highlight one of the great advantages of our campus,” Frink said. “IU Northwest offers students the option of staying near family while pursuing their dreams.”

Applications can be submitted online at For more information, contact the IU Northwest Office of Admissions at 219-980-6991 or

About Indiana University Northwest

One of eight campuses of Indiana University, IU Northwest is located in metropolitan Northwest Indiana, approximately 30 miles southeast of Chicago and 10 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Park. The campus has a diverse student population of approximately 4,000 degree-seeking students and 1,500 dual-degree-seeking students. The campus offers Associate, Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in a variety of undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. IU Northwest emphasizes high-quality teaching, faculty and student research and engagement on campus and in the community. As a student-centered campus, IU Northwest is committed to academic excellence characterized by a love of ideas and achievement in learning, discovery, creativity and engagement. Indiana University Northwest is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups.