Frostburg State University Makes Standardized Tests Optional for 2021 Admissions

Sep 4, 2020 11:50 AM

Frostburg State University has made submitting standardized test scores optional for all applicants for the 2021 admissions cycle. This includes the spring, summer and fall semesters in 2021.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of many standardized test dates throughout the spring and summer, while creating uncertainty for future test dates and availability of standardized tests in the 2021 admissions cycle.

“This decision supports FSU’s commitment to reducing barriers for students who plan to apply to Frostburg State University but are unable to take or retake the SAT or ACT,” said FSU President Ronald Nowaczyk.

Applicants who have taken the SAT or ACT and feel their scores reflect their abilities should still submit them for admission consideration. Applicants who do not have scores, who had limited opportunities to take or retake the ACT or SAT, or who feel that their scores do not reflect their ability to be successful at FSU will be reviewed for admission based on their high school transcript (including coursework), cumulative grade point average (GPA), grade trends and the strength of their high school curriculum.

Applicants will receive full consideration in the admissions process and in review for merit scholarships even if they are unable or choose not to submit an ACT or SAT score.

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Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.