William Paterson University Adopts Test-Optional Policy for Freshman Admission for Fall 2019

William Paterson University in Wayne is adopting a test optional admissions policy for students seeking undergraduate admissions beginning with the fall 2019 entering freshman class.

The majority of students seeking admission for the 2019-20 academic year will no longer be required to submit SAT or ACT scores. The new policy will not apply to applicants seeking admission to the University’s nursing and communication disorders degree programs, students who wish to be considered for merit-based scholarships, or those who wish to be considered for selection to William Paterson’s Honors College.

“Our objective is to ensure that the students selected for admission are capable of succeeding in our academic programs,” says Reginald Ross, vice president for enrollment management at William Paterson. “Research has demonstrated that high school GPA is three times as powerful a predictor of academic success as the SAT. Our revised protocol will take a holistic approach that focuses primarily on high school performance and the rigor of a student’s high school academic coursework.”

While not required, students may submit supporting documentation that highlights individual talents, interests, and achievements such as letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or employers; a brief personal interest statement, and a resume/co-curricular document that includes evidence of community service activities, leadership roles in organizations, musical, theatre and/or artistic performance activities, and employment history.

William Paterson joins more than 1,000 of the nation’s leading colleges and universities—or about 34 percent of the schools that grant baccalaureate degrees—that have implemented a test-optional admissions policy.

For additional information, visit https://www.wpunj.edu/admissions/undergraduate/test-optional-admission