CWRU’s test-optional policy

Fall trees and sunshine on the Case Quad

Case Western Reserve University wants to remove barriers to completing your college application.

We know taking the ACT or SAT may be difficult—or, frankly, impossible—this year, and so we have gone test optional for the classes entering in fall 2021, 2022 and 2023.

No catches. No exceptions.
•    No testing is required for any of our nearly 100 programs of undergraduate study.
•    No testing is required for the Pre-Professional Scholars Program (conditional admission to medical or dental school).
•    No testing is required for any of our scholarship or financial aid programs.
•    If you take a standardized test, you choose whether to send us your scores or not.

At the time of application, students choose whether they wish to apply with testing scores or as test-optional candidates, and you can change your mind about this up until two weeks before your decision release date by completing the form on your applicant portal.

For students who choose to submit SAT or ACT scores, there are three ways you can submit them. You can report your scores on the Common or Coalition Application, have your official score reports sent from the testing agency or self-report your scores on your applicant portal, which you will be given access to within two weeks of submitting your application. Enrolling students will confirm their testing with official score reports.

Our score recipient codes are:

  • SAT 1105
  • ACT 3244

CWRU is test-optional for students entering in the fall of 2021 through fall 2023. 

Learn more about how to apply to CWRU.