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Applying to HBCUs Without ACT Scores?

The test anxiety got to me and my ACT scores aren't great. I've heard some colleges don’t require the ACT anymore? Are there HBCUs on that list where I could maybe apply without submitting my ACT scores? Any help would be definitely appreciated!

7 months ago

Absolutely, you're in luck! Many HBCUs have adopted test-optional policies, especially in light of the recent disruptions due to the pandemic. That means you can apply to a number of HBCUs without submitting your ACT scores. Some examples include Howard University, Spelman College, and Morehouse College. However, requirements can vary greatly from school to school, and sometimes even from year to year, so it's crucial to check each institution's admissions website for the most current information.

Additionally, going test-optional places more of an emphasis on other aspects of your app—it's important to ensure that your high school transcript, letters of recommendation, extracurriculars, and personal essays are as strong as they can be. For HBCUs, showcasing a commitment to community, leadership roles, and a clear sense of purpose in your application can be particularly impactful. Remember though, if you believe other parts of your application are strong, applying without ACT scores could be a better reflection of your potential. Best of luck with your applications!

7 months ago

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