Standard Test Requirement Waiver

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on standardized test availability and the likelihood of additional testing date cancellations the UNC Board of Governors has waived the standardized test requirement for first-year students applying for admissions for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021 to all UNC System Institutions.

Students will have the option to submit an ACT or SAT test score, but test scores will not be required for admission decisions. Those who do not submit a standardized test score will need to meet the minimum weighted GPA of 2.5 to be considered for undergraduate admission.

If you have any further questions please contact Bethany Meighen, Vice President for Student Affairs, at

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this waiver apply to Fall 2020 admissions?

No, this waiver only applies for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021 admissions. First-year students seeking admission for Fall 2020 will have to submit both their weighted GPA as well as a standardized test score.

Can I still submit a standardized test score?

Yes, students applying for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021 may also submit a standardized test score in addition to their weighted GPA for admissions evaluations.

I graduated from homeschool or non-traditional high school and cannot submit a test score. How will my application be reviewed?

Homeschool or non-traditional high school graduate applications without standardized test scores will be reviewed holistically. For additional information on this review process, please contact the UNC System Institution you are applying to. Click here to learn more about our 16 universities.