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Testing Policy

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. For Regular Decision applicants, you may make changes to your testing status or submit self-reported scores using the forms in your applicant portal through February 21.

While we will not penalize any student for their choice to submit or not submit standardized test scores, please keep in mind that should you indicate on your Common Application that you would like your test scores included in the review of your application, we will view those scores within the context of the SAT/ACT middle 50% range metric of our most recent class profile.

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: Fordham does not require the ACT or SAT standardized test scores as part of our admission process. Please be sure you are adhering to the most updated rules from the NCAA 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.

PAA Exam for Applicants from Puerto Rico: While Fordham does not require any standardized testing (SAT or ACT) for admission or scholarship consideration, you are welcome to submit your PAA score report as an optional supplemental material. It is not a requirement, but we will recognize it as a part of our admission committee review if you choose to submit it. If you do not plan on submitting SAT or ACT scores, but you do wish to submit the PAA as an optional supplemental material, please note that you will still be considered a Test Optional applicant. When submitting the Common Application, you must indicate that you will not be submitting testing, as that question only refers to SAT or ACT score submission. To submit your PAA score for review, please email the PDF of your PAA score report to If you have any questions, please contact your admission counselor

Submitting Scores

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:

SAT: 2259

ACT: 2748

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 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.