Test-Optional Policy


Lewis & Clark College adopted a test-optional admission policy in 1991 with the belief that standardized testing does not always accurately reflect a student’s true academic potential. As a leader in the test-optional movement, we do not require that students submit either the SAT or the ACT for admission consideration.

Students who choose to submit scores can self report them through their L&C Portal or have them sent by a school official or testing agency. For those that submit scores, we will include them in our holistic review of a student’s application materials for admission; however, they will not play a role in the awarding of merit-based or need-based financial aid.