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Test Scores Not Required!


We know standardized test scores may not best represent what you're capable of achieving in the classroom, that’s why we offer the ROCO Test Optional Admission.


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Standards. Not Standardized

The Rosemont College experience isn’t standard; neither is our undergraduate admission process. If your weighted, cumulative high school GPA is a 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) or 84 on a numerical scale; you can choose ROCO Test Optional Admission on your application. That means submitting your ACT/SAT score is optional! 

 ROCO Test Optional FAQ'S

Q: What is the ROCO Test Option?

A: It is our Test Optional Admissions application meant for students who feel that their SAT/ACT test scores do not reflect an accuarate assessment of their academic abilities. For students to apply to Rosemont via the ROCO Test Optional Admission route, students must have a mininum weighted, cumulative high school GPA of a 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) or 84 on a numerical scale. Students are required to submit official high transcripts along with a 250-500 word essay on a topic of their choosing.

Q: Why does Rosemont offer a test-optional option?

A: When it comes to the ROCO Test Optional Admission, national research is on our side! Students who apply to college without submitting their standardized test scores succeed in higher education at the same rates, or slightly better, than those who submit them. 

Students who elect not to submit their standardized test scores also graduate from college in four years at the same rate, or slightly better, than those students who submit them.*

Rosemont’s internal studies indicate that high school GPA is the best predictor of academic success at Rosemont and assurance of graduation from Rosemont in 4 years.

*(Bill Hiss and Valerie Franks - Defining Promise: Optional Standardized Testing Policies in American College and University Admissions, February 2014 and Bill Hiss, Valerie Franks, and Steven Syverson - Defining Access: How Test Optional Works, April 2018).

Q: Are there any restrictions on who can apply using the ROCO Test Optional Admission?

A: Yes. Applicants who are homeschooled  and International applicants may not elect the ROCO Test Optional Admission. Homeschooled applicants do not receive grades in the same way that traditonal high school applicants  do thus homeschooled applicants MUST submit SAT/ACT scores. Also, international students MUST submit their TOEFL, SAT, ACT, or IELTS scores to be considered for admission.

Q: Will students who elect the ROCO Test Optional Admission still be eligible for Merit Scholarships?

A: Yes, if you apply to Rosemont using the ROCO Test Optional Admission, you are still eligible for the merit-based scholarships. Choosing not to submit SAT/ACT scores will not impact these decisions in any way. Your high school profile is considered when we make scholarship awards.

 Q: What else is important to know about the ROCO Test Optional Admission?

A: ROCO Test Optional applicants are eligible for the same opportuntites as a traditional applicant. ROCO Test Optional applicants are held to the same academic standards as any other applicant that applies to Rosemont College.