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Test Optional Plan

Manhattanville College is a test-optional institution, high school students applying for admission to Manhattanville College for the spring of 2014 or later are not required to submit standardized test scores within their applications for admission to the College, except international and home-schooled applicants. Students who wish to submit their standardized test scores for consideration are welcome to do so.

If submitting SAT or ACT scores, send them directly to Manhattanville College. The College code is 2397. High School students should plan to complete the exam no later than the fall term of their senior year.

Frequently Asked Questions


Why did Manhattanville College choose to make standardized test scores optional in the admission process?

The Manhattanville College Admissions Committee has always reviewed applications with the school's mission in mind, specifically; our commitment in encouraging each student to develop as an independent and creative thinker in pursuing career and personal goals, as well as providing a diverse, inclusive, and nurturing environment which develops in each student a commitment to service and leadership within a global community. The Admissions Committee has reviewed applications holistically, focusing most closely on an applicant's high school performance, level of curriculum and achievements in the classroom and community rather than standardized test scores.

How does the Manhattanville College Office of Admission evaluate applications?

The Manhattanville College Admissions Committee application evaluation process considers a number of different factors including, but not limited to: academic grade point average, strength of curriculum, high school profile, extracurricular accomplishments, the required personal essay, the two letters of recommendation, auditions (when applicable), admissions interview, and any other information that an applicant shares throughout the admissions process. A personal interview is highly recommended once the application has been submitted, and in some cases may be requested by the Admissions Committee. If a student is unable to interview on campus, alternative options such as phone interviews and off-campus interviews may be arranged. There are no additional requirements for applicants who elect not to submit their standardized test scores. Applicants planning to major within the Dance & Theater and Music Departments are required to audition. Additionally, prospective Studio Art majors are required to submit a portfolio for departmental review. Please see departmental web pages for audition/portfolio information.

Do transfer applicants need to provide standardized test scores?

Transfer students who apply to Manhattanville College do not need to provide SAT, or ACT scores unless they choose to do so.

Do international applicants need to provide standardized test scores?

YES! International students applying to Manhattanville College are NOT test-exempt. International applicants must submit standardized testing scores; either SAT-I or ACT, or TOEFL or IELTS. If English is not your native language, the TOEFL or IELTS exam is strongly recommended.

Is standardized testing required for certain applicants?

Yes, home-schooled applicants and candidates applying from secondary schools that provide written evaluations rather than grades are required to submit SAT-I or ACT test scores.

May I submit my test scores if I would like to?

Students who believe their standardized test scores provide further evidence of academic ability and represent a strong, positive component of their academic potential may still submit them to be reviewed in consideration of his or her application for admission. However, students not submitting test scores will not be penalized in the review of their application.

How do I request Manhattanville to not use scores as part of my application if they have already been sent or are on my transcript?

If a student chooses to have his/her test results not reviewed as part of the application, the student must indicate such on their application.  A section on the application is reserved for a test options decision.