High school students who are interested in DelVal and believe that standardized test scores do not accurately reflect the strength of their academic achievements can choose to be considered as test-optional in the admissions process.

To apply as test-optional, you must complete either the DelVal Application for Admission or the Common Application, and submit an official high school transcript and a letter of recommendation. You may be asked to schedule an on-campus interview.

Merit Scholarships

Students who take advantage of our new test-optional policy will still be eligible for merit scholarships. Students and parents should contact admitme@delval.edu or 215.489.2211 to be directed to an Admission counselor. Our counselors are available to help personally guide students and families through the process of applying to DelVal and, any test-optional policy questions.

Test Score Policy Exceptions

Students applying to certain academic programs may not apply SAT/ACT-optional. Please see the list of excluded academic programs below.

Academic Programs Not Eligible for Test Optional Admission

  • Animal Science/Pre-Professional
  • Biology (all specializations)
  • Chemistry
  • Conservation and Wildlife Management
  • Equine Science
  • Food Science
  • Small Animal Science
  • Zoo Science

Students interested in applying for the Delaware Valley University Honors Program will be required to submit test scores prior to acceptance into the Program.

U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents are eligible to apply for test-optional admission.

Home-schooled applicants are encouraged to take the SAT/ACT. If a student does not take the SAT/ACT, an admission interview will be required.

All international students must submit standardized test scores in order to assist in the application review process. The University will accept the TOEFL, ITEP, IELTS and/or SAT/ACT scores.

Students accepted through test-optional admission are encouraged to send their SAT or ACT scores after they have decided to deposit and have enrolled. These scores will not have an effect on your admission or scholarship. These test scores may be used for course placements, but will not have a negative effect on admission or previously awarded scholarships.