Eastern Michigan University institutes test optional admissions policy for Fall 2020

New measure is response to challenges in standardized testing amid the COVID-19 crisis; applies to incoming, first-year domestic applicants

woman taking standardized test

YPSILANTI – In an attempt to ensure opportunity and access for incoming students in the stressful environment created by COVID-19, Eastern Michigan University will be instituting a test optional admission policy for Fall 2020 applicants. 

The new option is available and applies to incoming first-year domestic students entering in Fall 2020 only.

“We've made this decision in recognition that the COVID-19 pandemic has limited students' ability to participate in standardized testing,” said Alex Landen, interim associate director of first-year admission at Eastern. “We want to focus on creating educational opportunities that are accessible to our students as we continue to fill our role not only in academia but in our community.” 

To be considered for test optional admission a student must do the following:

  1. Apply to Eastern Michigan University for free using the fee waiver code CARE at the admissions website.
  2. Meet the minimum requirement of a 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for consideration. Official transcripts are required for test optional consideration.
  3. Opt in by completing the test optional admission form.

After students have completed these steps, they will be reviewed for admission by an EMU admissions officer. Test optional review will include an in-depth look at a student’s official academic record, examining academic coursework, grades received in core courses and academic trends.

Students and families who have questions or would like to speak to an advisor, follow this link to find your advisor or text/call 734.487.6453.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves nearly 18,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

April 29, 2020

Written by:
Geoff Larcom

Geoff Larcom