Fordham’s Test-Optional Policy
We do not require scores from the SAT or ACT. Read more about why we decided to go test-optional. If you choose to submit a test score, it will be only one among many factors in our academic evaluation of your application. Applicants who choose not to submit test scores will not be penalized for making this choice. On the Common Application, you’ll be able to indicate whether or not you want Fordham to consider your scores as a part of the application review.
If you're wondering whether submitting test scores is the right choice for you, we recommend reviewing our class profile. This profile will show you the average standardized test scores from past years. We also encourage you to consider if submitting test scores will give our admission team a greater view of your strengths as an applicant.
Additionally, we do not require applicants to submit test scores to be considered for merit scholarships or honors programs.
For Prospective Student-athletes: While Fordham does not require the ACT or SAT standardized test scores as part of our admission process, the NCAA requires the submission of test scores to determine eligibility to practice, compete, and receive athletic scholarships. If you are a recruited NCAA Division I athlete, please consult the relevant coaching staff for your sport within the Fordham University Athletics Department, your high school counselor, and the NCAA Eligibility Center. If you are being recruited to play Football, you must submit testing to the Office of Undergraduate Admission for computation of the Patriot League Academic Index.
If you decide that you would like for us to consider your test scores as a part of the application review, we will accept either official scores or self-reported scores for application review purposes. You may enter them on the Common Application or submit them using the form in your applicant portal.
If you are admitted and then decide to enroll at Fordham, we will require an official score report at that point.
If submitting official test scores, please use the following Fordham codes:
Taking Multiple Tests
Should a student take more than one of the tests above, Fordham will consider the highest from either the ACT (superscored) or SAT (superscored).
English Language Proficiency
International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate their proficiency through English Language Proficiency test results:
- TOEFL iBT: 90+ (Fordham code: 2259)
- TOEFL ITP Level 1 Test with Vericant Interview option (China only): 575+
- IELTS & IELTS Indicator: 7.0+
- Duolingo English Test: 120+
International students who are not submitting required TOEFL or IELTS results must complete the English Language Proficiency Test Waiver Request Form linked within the online applicant portal after an application has been officially submitted.
Applicants who live in the New York City area can alternatively take Fordham’s 2.5 hour ESL placement evaluation (FELT) at the Institute of American Language and Culture on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. Email email@example.com or call +1-212-636-6353 to verify hours of operation and make an appointment.
For more information about submitting TOEFL and IELTS results while on-site testing centers are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit this FAQ page.