Within the application, first-year applicants to the University of Mary Washington may request to be considered for admission to the university without standardized test scores. Students offered admission under the test optional process may qualify for curriculum-based scholarships determined by their curriculum’s strength and performance within their classes (GPA). Curriculum-based scholarships are renewable and range from $1,500-$5,000 for Virginia residents and $5,000-$9,000 for non-Virginia residents planning to live on campus. To be considered for curriculum-based scholarships, first-year students must meet the February 1 application filing date. Students applying for test optional may also qualify for other endowed scholarships.
Exceptions to test optional review include:
- Students applying for admission to the Pre-Nursing Program with less than a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
- Home-schooled applicants and students coming from narrative evaluations are required again to provide testing. We had temporary suspension due to COVID.
Admission to UMW remains a competitive process, and all candidates for admission will be considered on their own merits. Qualifying for application review without submitting standardized test scores does not guarantee admission to UMW. Students interested in pre-nursing can apply test optional but may be required to provide SAT or ACT scores for admission to the Nursing Program.