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ROCO Option

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We know standardized test scores may not best represent what you are capable of achieving in the classroom, that’s why we offer the ROCO Option.

Standards. Not Standardized.

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

Personalized. Not Standardized.

We take the personal approach of getting to know you. If you choose the ROCO Option, you do not need to submit your standardized test scores. Instead, we will meet with you for an interview—so we can get to know you. You are unique, and so is Rosemont College.

Individualized. Not Standardized.

A Rosemont education is individualized, which means we are flexible to meet your needs. Let us know how you would like to meet with us for your interview. Your admission counselor can meet you in person, on Skype, through Facetime, or on Google Hangout. Simply choose ROCO Option on your application, select the day and time for your interview, and a counselor will contact you with a friendly reminder a couple of days before your scheduled interview.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Students applying to Rosemont College who have a weighted, cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or higher will have the choice of whether or not to submit their SAT/ACT scores for consideration for admission to Rosemont College. Applying to Rosemont without submitting standardized test scores is called the ROCO Option.

We are proud of our highly personalized approach to education. It has been a hallmark of Rosemont College since our founding in 1921. ROCO Option is a natural extension of this approach. Students choosing the ROCO Option will be interviewed by an Admissions Counselor in lieu of submitting their standardized test scores. The interview will allow the College to get to know a prospective student in a meaningful and personal way, and will allow the College to assess if a prospective student will be a good fit for Rosemont College. The College knows that an interview will convey more about a prospective student than her or his standardized test scores will convey.

National research indicates that students who apply to college without submitting their standardized test scores succeed in college at the same rates, or slightly better, than those who submit their scores. Students who elect not to submit their standardized test scores also graduate from college in 4 years at the same rate, or slightly better, than those students who submit their scores. (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) 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.

Yes. Students who are homeschooled may not elect the ROCO Option, as they do not receive grades in the same way that those students attending high schools do. They are required to submit SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admission to Rosemont College. International students may not elect ROCO Option. They must submit their TOEFL scores to be considered for admission.

Interviews with Admissions Counselors may take place via Skype, Google Hangout, or Facetime, if a student cannot meet with a Counselor on campus.

Yes, students applying with the ROCO Option will be considered for the Honors program and for merit-based scholarships. Choosing not to submit SAT or ACT scores will not impact these decisions in any way. The applicant’s high school profile will be considered when making scholarship awards. If necessary, to assist with the awarding of merit-based scholarships, high school grade point averages may be recalculated (on a 4.0 scale) to include only academic high school course work.

It is important to know that once a student chooses to apply to Rosemont without the ROCO Option, she/he cannot change her/his mind. In other words, if an applicant decides to submit SAT/ACT scores and then elects not to submit them because the scores didn’t accurately convey her/his ability and would like to apply with the ROCO Option, she/he cannot. The converse is also true – a student cannot elect to apply to Rosemont with the ROCO Option and then change her/his mind and choose to submit their scores.