Seton Hall University Offers Test-Optional Admissions for Fall 2021 Applicants Amid COVID-19 Pandemic


We recognize that there are gifted, hard-working students who have been unable to take standardized tests, and we don’t want to deprive them of the ability to access a Seton Hall education,” said Alyssa McCloud, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Enrollment Management.

Seton Hall University announced that students seeking admission for the fall 2021 semester will not be required to submit standardized test scores as part of the application process. The University will become a “test-optional” institution so that SAT and ACT scores will not be mandatory for students applying at this time.

“This is a temporary accommodation to assist students during the very difficult circumstances created by the global COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that there are gifted, hard-working students who have been unable to take standardized tests, and we don’t want to deprive them of the ability to access a Seton Hall education,” said Alyssa McCloud, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Enrollment Management. “Many families are struggling, and we don’t want to add any stress or anxiety during this challenging time. That is why I am so glad we could make this accommodation temporarily to support students through the application process.”

Seton Hall will take a holistic approach to reviewing all applications for admission and will review all aspects of the student’s record with a heavy emphasis on the student’s academic record in high school, specifically looking at grades, academic rigor, and class rank (if available). Students will have the option to apply to Seton Hall by submitting standardized test scores or electing not to submit these scores.

The University awards many students scholarships automatically upon admission, and students who apply test optional will receive equal consideration for these awards. Also, students can apply test optional to gain admissions to the honors and leadership programs. Applications will receive a holistic review based on the student’s academic record as well as supplemental application materials required for these programs.

To learn more about the test-optional policy, please visit http://www.shu.edu/testoptional. Families who would like further guidance are invited to speak with the admissions staff by calling 973-313-6145 or 973-313-6146 or e-mailing thehall@shu.edu. In addition, students are invited to participate in Seton Hall’s Virtual Open House being held online on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 12 noon to 3:45 p.m. EST, where they can attend academic presentations, connect with admissions and financial aid officers, students faculty and deans, and learn about next steps.

Virtual Open House Registration Dates will be offered:


  • Sunday, September 27 at 11 a.m. ET
  • Sunday, October 18 at 11 a.m. ET 
  • Sunday, November 1 at 11 a.m. ET 
  • Sunday, November 22 at 11 a.m. ET

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been showing the world what great minds can do since 1856. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have received more than 30 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors, including Boren Awards, Pickering Fellowships, Udall Scholarships and a Rhodes Scholarship.

“Students from throughout New Jersey and around the country are attracted to Seton Hall’s outstanding academic reputation, our Catholic values and our warm and nurturing community where they can thrive as exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. We are a university continually on the rise, and we encourage students to learn more about our tradition of excellence,” said McCloud.

An online version of this release can be found here.

ABOUT SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been showing the world what great minds can do since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall embraces students of all religions and prepares them to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has achieved extraordinary success. Since 2009, it has seen record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth and an impressive 110-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have received more than 30 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors, including Boren Awards, Pickering Fellowships, Udall Scholarships and a Rhodes Scholarship. The University is also proud to be among the most diverse national Catholic universities in the country.

In recent years, the University has invested more than $165 million in new campus buildings and renovations. The University’s beautiful main campus in suburban South Orange, N.J. is only 14 miles from New York City — offering students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Seton Hall’s nationally recognized School of Law is located prominently in downtown Newark. The University’s Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, N.J. opened in the summer of 2018. The IHS campus houses Seton Hall’s College of Nursing, its School of Health and Medical Sciences as well as Hackensack Meridian Health’s Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.

For more information, visit http://www.shu.edu.

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