Test Optional Policy

If you believe your standardized test scores do not accurately reflect your academic achievement or talent, you may choose to apply under our test-optional policy. You will not have to submit test scores, but you must answer three short essay questions.

Every applicant presents a unique combination of credentials; no one element guarantees admission. Admission to Bryant is a comprehensive and holistic process that takes into consideration your grades, curriculum strength, test scores, recommendations, out-of-class experiences, and personal character and integrity. Generally speaking, weakness in one area can be compensated for by strength in another.

If you are satisfied with your test scores and believe they are indicative of your academic potential, then feel free to submit them with your other credentials. If you have a strong academic record, but do not feel your test results are a good indicator of your academic potential, you can choose not to submit them, and instead submit answers to the three essay questions.

The decision to apply test optional is personal and individual. Consider your decision carefully. Once you have submitted your application, you will be unable to change your option. This academic profile may provide some assistance in making your decision.

The admission committee prides itself on providing a well-rounded and holistic application review. While the high school transcript will continue to be the most important part of the evaluation, we strongly believe that by offering you the decision about how to best present your academic potential, you are taking ownership of your college education. Bryant seeks bright students who are self-directed, passionate about the possibilities that higher education offers, and who want to make a difference in their communities and in the world. The test-optional alternative allows us to consider your strengths that may be demonstrated in areas other than your ACT or SAT score.
Because Bryant has always considered applicants from a holistic point of view, the review process for students who submit ACT or SAT scores and for students who do not submit scores is similar. The factors that go into an admission decision at Bryant include your overall high school academic record, recommendations, co-curricular activities, community involvement, writing ability, and other achievements. If your high school offers advanced placement (AP) or honors courses or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, your involvement in this type of rigorous high school curriculum will reflect positively on your application. We will carefully review the strength of your high school classes and your performance in them, in the context of what your high school offers. Additionally, if you choose to apply test optional, you will be asked to respond to three questions in a short essay format.
When you submit your application to Bryant (using either the Common Application or the Universal College Application and supplements), please indicate on the supplemental section if you would like to be considered test optional. We strongly recommend that you carefully consider your decision. Once you have submitted your application, you will be unable to change your option.
The committee seeks clear, concise, and focused writing that demonstrates thoughtful reflection. The three questions provide the opportunity to tell the story you wish your test scores could tell. You will be able to share your perspective on your academic strengths, educational goals, and the impact you believe you can make in the Bryant community and beyond.
If you have indicated that you would like to apply test optional, your scores will not be considered as part of the application review.
All applicants to Bryant are considered for merit scholarships at the time of the review of their application. This is true for all students regardless of submitting standardized test. Evaluation for merit is based on all elements of a student’s application, as well as the competitive nature of the applicant pool.
Yes. Depending on the strength of your curriculum relative to the academic programs in your high school, the score on your essay questions, and overall quality of your academic work, applicants ranking in the top 20 percent of their high school class with a minimum GPA of 3.6 are eligible for the Honors Program without submitting an additional application.
Student-athletes can apply under the test-optional policy but will need to submit scores to the NCAA and to Bryant's Compliance Office to ensure eligibility.
As an international student you have the same opportunity to apply without submitting SAT or ACT scores. You must, however, submit the TOEFL / IELTS.
Students who are transferring to Bryant can apply within the test-optional guidelines. If you choose not to submit your SAT/ACT scores and have completed more than 10 college courses you do not need to answer the additional questions to complete the application. Students with fewer than 10 completed college courses can choose to apply as test optional but must answer the three short-answer questions.

Apply now using one of these links :

Apply (Common App) Apply (Universal app)

To learn more, please contact:
Office of Admission
Phone: (800) 622-7001
or (401) 232-6100
Email:  admission@bryant.edu