Test Optional

Submit your SAT or ACT score … or don’t. Either way, we’re excited to review your application.

You’re more than just a test score

Monmouth College adopted a permanent test-optional admission policy for first-year (freshmen) applicants prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we welcome the submission of standardized test scores, students are never required to submit them to complete their application. For students who choose to submit standardized tests, we accept official or unofficial SAT or ACT scores.

Applying with or without scores

When you apply to Monmouth as a high school student, you will be asked on your application if you would like to be considered as a test-optional applicant or non-test-optional. If you took the SAT or ACT and feel like your score represents you and your abilities, by all means, show it off! Select “non-test-optional” and plan to submit official or unofficial copies of your scores so we can review them when we read your application. 

If you decided not to take the SAT or ACT, didn’t have the opportunity, or just feel like score doesn’t show us all you are capable of, select “test optional” on the application and don’t include it.

What if I do want to submit scores?

Scores may be submitted directly from the testing center, as a part of the high school transcript or directly to the Office of Admission via mail, fax, email or text.


  • What happens if I schedule an on-campus interview and Illinois announces more travel/ gathering regulations?

    We continue to monitor the conditions on campus, in our local community, and in the state. As new policiies and guidelines become available, we will adjust our visit experience accordingly. In the event that we are not able to offer on-campus interviews or visits, we will be in contact with you to transition your interview into a virtual interview on zoom or to reschedule your interview for another day. Rest assured that there’s no major different between an in-person interview or a zoom interview. Our faculty are excited to meet you either way!

  • I saw something about February 6th, what is that?

    The best part about our scholarship event that we typically do on campus is the opportunity to honor you and your acheivements. While we won’t be hosting this event on campus, we’d still like to celebrate you. President Clarence Wyatt and current sophomore and Goldsborough Scholar Ditza Montesinos will share remarks will all students who interviewed for our top scholarships this year. We will also provide updates about when scholarship candidates can expect to hear final results.

  • What if I need to reschedule/cancel?

    That’s no problem. You can reach out to your admission counselor to schedule an alternate date and time. Just know that all interviews must be completed by February 1st, 2021

  • Do I need to bring anything to my interview?

    Nope- you don’t need to bring anything. Just a positive attitude!

  • How long will the interview last?

    The interview will last about 20 minutes. This includes time for the interviewers to ask you questions and also some time for you to ask any questions you may have.

  • How should I prepare for my interview? What kinds of questions will I be asked?

    There’s nothing you need to do to prepare for your interview, other than make sure we receive your materials (essay and resume). We cant’ tell you exactly what questions you will be asked but know that it’s nothing you need to study for. This is an opportunity for us to learn about you. Just relax and be yourself!

  • When are my materials due and where to I send them?

    Your essay and resume are due 48 hours prior to your interview time. Please send them to scholarshipcompetition@monmouthcollege.edu. Please note that all submissions need to be in PDF or word documents. Don’t forget to include your name!

  • What do I need to know about COVID regulations while on campus?

    Face coverings or maskes that cover your nose and mouth are required of our employees and our guests, even when outdoors. This is the best way for us to ensure the health and safety of all involved in the visit experience. 

    Staff and guests are required to use proper social distanceing (remaining six feet apart) throughout the visit. Per social distancing guidelines, we also discourage direct personal contact and avoiding handshakes.

  • Can I do other things while on campus?

    Of course! We highly encourage you to take advantage of being on campus. At the time of your registration, please let us know in the space provided what you’d like to do while you’re here. Some options include meeting with a faculty memeber, talking with a coach or taking a campus tour. If you already submitted your registration and you’re unsure of what you requested or would like to add to your visit, you can email us at scholarshipcompetition@monmouthcollege.edu to check on your schedule.

  • Can my parents come?

    Absolutely! Guests can come to campus with you, however they will not be allowed to join you in the interview itself.

  • Where do I go when I arrive on campus?

    When you arrive please park in the parking lot directly in front of the Center for Science and Business, next to the Admission Building off East Broadway. Once parked, please cal or text your admission counselor who will come out to greet you.

  • What time should I arrive for my on-campus interview?

    We recommend you arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time. This will allow you to get settled in before your interview begins.

  • What if my internet connection is lost during the interview?

    Don’t panic! We will attempt to reconnect or we can schedule for a later date.

  • When will I get my interview link?

    ​​Your interview link will be emailed to you the day before your interview. If you have any questions leading up to your interview or any issues connecting through zoom, email scholarshipcompetition@monmouthcollege.edu or cal the Admission Office at 800-747-2687.

  • What platform will be used for remote interviews?

    All remote interviews will be done via zoom.

  • Como aprendo mas?

    Comuníquese con su consejero de admisiones; ellos estarán encantados de responder cualquier pregunta que pueda tener. ¡También le recomendamos que consulte nuestras opciones de visitas virtuales o considere visitar el campus!

  • Ofrecen ayuda financiera y becas?

    , Monmouth ofrece becas y ayuda financiera basada en la necesidad. Una vez que los estudiantes aplican, se los considera automáticamente para becas académicas de valor de hasta 27,500 por año.

  • Cómo aplican los estudiantes la universidad?

    Para aplicar para la admisión, los estudiantes pueden enviar una solicitud a través de Common App o mediante nuestra propia solicitud de Monmouth. ¡Nuestra aplicación es fácil de completar y se puede hacer en un teléfono! No hay tarifa de solicitud.

    También necesitamos las calificaciones de la escuela secundaria de los estudiantes. Tenemos una política de prueba opcional para que los estudiantes puedan enviar sus resultados SAT o ACT, pero no es necesario.

  • ¿Es seguro el campus?

    Los estudiantes están de acuerdo en que el campus se siente muy seguro y se sienten cómodos al cruzar el campus por la noche. Si un estudiante alguna vez se sintió inseguro o quería que lo acompañaran a su dormitorio o automóvil, la oficina de seguridad del campus siempre está disponible para ayudarlo.

  • Pueden viver los estudiantes en campus- en los dormitorios?

    , de hecho el 91% de los estudiantes vive en el campus. Mientras algunos estudiantes locales optan por viajar diariamente, la mayoría de nuestros estudiantes viven en el campus. Este es uno de los beneficios de una experiencia universitaria residencial: tener su comunidad a su alrededor.

  • Como llego al campus?

    Puede conducir hasta el campus. También hay una estación de tren Amtrak a 20 minutos en Galesburg y dos aeropuertos cercanos: Peoria (PIA) está aproximadamente a una hora y Quad Cities está aproximadamente a 45 minutos. Durante las vacaciones, la universidad ofrece servicios de transporte entre el campus y la estación de tren y los aeropuertos.

  • Cómo es ir a la universidad en un pueblo pequeño?

    Es lo mejor de ambos mundos. Los estudiantes pueden tener una comunidad rica en el campus mientras tienen una sensación de un pueblo pequeño justo fuera del campus. También pueden acceder a todas las necesidades. ¡Puedes encontrar una Target y una Walmart a 20 minutos en Galesburg, así como muchos restaurantes locales como Trax y cadenas como Dairy Queen en la ciudad!

  • Donde se encuentra Monmouth College?

    Monmouth College está ubicado a tres horas al oeste de Chicago.

  • Are there any scholarships or programs I won’t be eligible for if I apply test optional?

    No. Test optional candidates are still considered for our Honor’s program, Stockdale Fellows Leadership program, our SOFIA summer research opportunities and for all possible scholarships, including our full-tuition awards. 

  • What if you already have my scores? Can I still apply test optional?

    Yes. If your scores are included as part of your official high school transcript, or if you submitted them to us from an official testing agency, you may still choose to apply test optional when you submit your admission application. If you choose to apply without test scores, your scores will be hidden in our system and not considered as part of the review of your application. 

  • What are the average SAT/ACT scores for admitted students?

    For the past few years, our middle 50% for admitted students has averaged around an 18-26 composite ACT score, or a 960-1240 SAT composite score. 

  • Why did Monmouth go test optional?

    Monmouth College cares about the whole student. Our review process involves a close read of every application so we can get to know everything there is to know about each student who decides to apply. Because we look beyond just the numbers, we believe we have enough information to make a decision with or without scores.

    There is also lots of data that demonstrates that test scores do not always paint a full picture in term of a student’s academic potential. Our test optional policy allows YOU to decide how to best present yourself in the application process. 

  • How do I know if I should apply test optional?

    If you are happy with your SAT/ACT scores and believe they are a good reflection of your academic abilities, then we encourage you to submit them as part of your application. If you have a strong academic record demonstrated by above average grades in challenging courses, but do not feel your SAT/ACT scores match your academic performance in the classroom, you can choose not to submit them.

    Though Monmouth College was test optional prior to the pandemic, given the COVID-19 disruption in 2020, we also understand many applicants for the 2021 admission cycle may have much more limited access to testing. Our test optional policy reaffirms our strong belief that we are able of assessing a student’s ability to be successful at Monmouth College with or without test scores.