Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board and American College Testing have canceled major testing dates for high school juniors and seniors. For the semesters Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, Governors State University has elected to move to a "test optional" admission process for incoming freshman applicants. This decision is consistent with some of our peer universities within Illinois who have gone to a "test optional" process as well, in order to help ensure students have access to higher education.


The decision was unanimously approved at the May 5, 2020 Lower Division Steering Committee. Members include a cross representational group of faculty and staff who support lower division enrollment: Timothy Carroll, Hannah Cave, Mushtaq Choudhary, Alli Cipra, Marlon Cummings, Lisa Helm, Kara Johnson, Andrae Marak, Paul McGuinness, David Rhea, Linda Theres-Jones, Lise Schneider, Chris Tweddle, Raynae Williams, Matthew Zarris, Maristela Zell, Jason Zingsheim, and Sandra Zurawski.

Starting on Tuesday, May 12, the Admissions Office will follow these recommendations for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 admission decisions for incoming freshman students:

  • Applicants with an unweighted high school GPA of 2.75 or higher will not be required to submit SAT or ACT scores.
  • Students with a high school GPA from 2.74 to 2.25 will be required to submit standardized test scores. Students who fall into this category, and are unable to produce SAT/ACT scores due to these unprecedented times, can submit a petition to Admissions for special consideration.

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