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Lindenwood University is a test-optional institution that allows students to apply with or without standardized test scores. This policy stems from Lindenwood’s commitment to a holistic review of all applicants. Test-optional allows us to consider a student's strengths rather than focusing solely on their standardized test scores, as we know numbers rarely tell a student’s full story. Our goal is to open the door to quality education for individuals who may not otherwise qualify. We provide students the choice of whether or not they wish to submit their ACT or SAT test scores as part of their application for admission to our institution.

Please contact us if you have any questions at 636-949-4949 or

How do I choose to be test-optional?

If you wish to apply test-optional, you will make that selection when you complete your application.

Will applying test-optional negatively impact my admissions decision?

No, Lindenwood University is holistic in our application review. If you choose to apply test-optional, you would be evaluated
in a similar manner as students who submit test scores. This decision will have no negative impact on your application
review. Factors such as high school record, academic rigor, co-curricular activities, community involvement, and additional
achievements will also be reviewed.

If I choose to apply test-optional, will test scores be required at any point?

No, test-optional students will not need to submit their standardized test scores. If your test scores are on your transcripts and you are a test-optional student, they will not be looked at or considered during the admissions process.

I am unsure if I should apply test-optional, what is your recommendation?

If you feel strongly about your academic record and test scores, we encourage you to have these considered as part of the application process. However, if you do not feel your test scores accurately reflect your academic skillset or ability to be successful at Lindenwood, we are happy to review your application as a test-optional student. All applications are reviewed holistically regardless of a student's decision to be test-optional or not. The following are national averages that may serve
helpful when choosing your test-optional status:

National Composite Score Averages
ACT - 21          SAT - 1058

Are there exceptions to who can apply as test-optional?

Yes. The following groups are unable to apply test-optional:

  • International students are required to provide test scores to indicate English proficiency.
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  • Homeschooled students are required to submit test scores for admission.

Will I still be considered for academic scholarships if I apply as test-optional?

Yes! Students who apply as test-optional will still be considered for academic scholarships.

Notice of Availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

Lindenwood University is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. The annual security and fire safety report for the St. Charles campus is available on the Lindenwood University Office of Public Safety and Security website.

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains this information, you can stop by the Office of Public Safety & Security on the 4th floor of the Spellmann Campus Center or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (636) 949-4687.

The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, public safety authority, crime reporting policies, fire safety, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about fire statistics in Lindenwood Residential Facilities and crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Lindenwood; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by Office of Public Safety and Security.

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209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301