Concordia University Chicago will offer test-optional admission for domestic undergraduate students applying for the Fall 2021 term. Under this program, eligible applicants may choose to be considered for admission without submitting standardized test scores to the University.

“This option will immediately ease the stress of high school students impacted by COVID-19, as many students have been unable to take standardized tests scheduled last spring, this summer, and likely well into the academic year,” said Jeff Hynes, senior vice president for advancement at Concordia-Chicago. “Whether or not an applicant submits test scores will not be a determining factor in their admission decision.”

Further, the Concordia-Chicago recognizes that industry research increasingly suggests that standardized testing provides limited correlation with an applicant’s ability to succeed in a college environment. Applicant review will be based primarily on the strength of a student’s secondary school record with additional consideration given to the student’s choice of coursework, achievement in college preparatory courses, grade trends, and other possible factors. International students and homeschooled students will continue to be required to submit a standardized test score for admission consideration.