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NKU will begin implementing a simplified admissions process that reduces barriers to higher education for diverse learners.

Beginning Fall 2021, NKU has adopted a test-optional policy and will no longer require standardized test scores, such as ACT or SAT, for freshmen applicants with a 2.75 unweighted high school GPA or higher.

Along with eliminating the ACT /SAT requirement, NKU continues investing in high-impact initiatives that address affordability, including an undergraduate tuition freeze for the 2020-21 academic year and making education more accessible for out-of-state learners with the EDGE program. NKU offers merit- and need-based support for first-year students, and in-state scholarships are also automatically awarded to those who meet criteria.

We changed our admissions standards to be more equitable while aligning institutional aid to compliment. However, NKU is unique because of the way we're uplifting students through enhanced academic support including our Pathfinder Program and complimentary Student Success plans, which offer comprehensive resources for helping students have a successful academic journey and timely graduation.

Students sitting in the Student Union with the words NKU is Now Test Optional over the image.

Test Optional FAQ for Fall 2021

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This admission requirement change also includes new transfer students who apply to the University with fewer than 24 college credit hours earned. 
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Curious about the NKU experience?

Check out an overview from Admissions: 

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