Auburn University is a test-preferred institution; we recommend that students take and submit official ACT and SAT scores for admissions. Freshman admission is based mainly on your high school courses, grades, and academic rigor. While we encourage students to submit standardized test scores, they are not required to be considered for admission or scholarships.

Applicants with at least a 3.6 GPA who cannot secure a test will be considered for admission under our test-optional pathway.

For more information on which scholarships require a standardized test score, please visit First-Year Student Scholarships.

How to Apply as Test-Optional

  1. Apply online

    • Submit the Admission Application

    • Pay the $50 application fee or fee waiver, if eligible.

  2. Send required materials

    • Upload a copy of your high school transcript during the application.


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Students Ineligible to Apply as Test-Optional

Applicants with less than a 3.6 GPA are ineligible to apply as test-optional.


Submitting scores after applying

Providing a test score helps us place you in the right courses and maximizes your opportunity for scholarships at Auburn University. In some cases, it also could improve your ability to gain admission.

If you choose a test-optional review because you haven’t had the opportunity to take the ACT or SAT yet, you can submit a test score after you apply. All scores must be received by Auburn University by January 10. 


For information and questions on the test-optional application, check out our FAQ.

Test Optional FAQ

Last updated: 08/11/2023