UNE will be piloting a test-blind policy for undergraduate admissions for the academic year (2020-2021). This trial will pertain to students applying for spring or fall of 2021 and replaces the current test-optional policy. The test-blind policy includes the same exceptions as the test-optional policy as listed below but these exception groups will now be eligible to apply test-optional. Additional details will be added to this page in the coming weeks. Please note that students applying for fall 2020 will be subject to the current test-optional policy as detailed below.

UNE does not require submission of ACT/SAT scores to apply for undergraduate admission with the following exceptions:

  • Applicants for the Nursing program
  • Applicants for Medical Biology/Pre-Dental Medicine 3+4 or Medical Biology/Pre-Medicine 3+4 D.O.
  • Homeschooled applicants
  • International applicants
  • Applicants with unweighted GPAs less than 2.5 (on 4.0 scale)
  • Applicants with narrative or non-letter grade transcripts

The above applicants are required to submit official standardized test scores as part of their application to UNE.


Q: How do I let UNE know I want to include my test scores as part of my application for admission?
A: There is a question on the UNE application and the Common Application asking you to select your "preferred testing plan." The question reads: “UNE does not require submission of ACT/SAT scores to apply for admission with the exception of applicants applying to the Nursing Program, Medical Biology 3+4 programs, homeschooled applicants, and International applicants. You can submit your scores if you choose to. Do you plan to submit your ACT/SAT test scores?”

If you intend to submit your test scores select the following answer:

  • “Yes, I would like my SAT/ACT scores to be considered as part of my application. I understand that my application will not be reviewed until official test scores are received.”

If you do not intend to submit your test scores select the following answer:

  • “No, I do not want my SAT/ACT scores to be considered as part of my application.”

Q: Are there additional requirements if I chose not to share my standardized test scores?
A: There are no additional admission requirements for applicants choosing not to submit their test scores. However, UNE will ask that test-optional students who decide to enroll at UNE provide their standardized test scores prior to their enrollment.

Q: What if my SAT/ACT scores have already been sent to UNE?
A: If, on your application, you answer the "preferred testing plan" question stating you do not wish to have your SAT/ACT scores considered as part of your application, they will not be considered as part of your application review.

Q: Can I change my mind after I submit my application?
A: Once your application is submitted you cannot change whether you are applying test-optional or submitting your standardized test scores.

Q: How do I know if I should submit my SAT/ACT scores?
A: The choice to submit or not submit your SAT/ACT scores is yours. Answering the following questions may be helpful in making your decision: 

  • How do I feel about my test score results?
  • Do they accurately reflect my academic abilities or not?
  • Does my high school GPA more accurately reflect my academic abilities?

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