Dear Members of the Fordham Community,

In May 2020, Fordham announced that for a two-year period, standardized admissions tests—the SAT and ACT—would be an optional element of the undergraduate admission application process. Last year, Fordham enrolled the largest and most diverse entering class in the University’s history. The Class of 2026 is similar in many respects.

Given our recent experience, Fordham will extend the test-optional policy for another year, to now include students applying for fall 2024 admission. This will give high school students time to plan ahead, and will enable the University to continue analyzing the data on student success and refining application assessments.

Fordham’s admission process has always been holistic. By making standardized tests optional, we have improved access for students who might not otherwise apply to the University, and have done so while maintaining our commitment to academic rigor. We strongly believe that we can fairly evaluate applicants who submit test scores—along with those who do not—and offer admission to candidates who can thrive at Fordham.

As we welcome the Class of 2026, we are confident that they have the skills and intellectual ability to excel at Fordham. Like their siblings before them in the long maroon line, they will leave Fordham prepared to be leaders of competence, compassion, and superior judgment in their careers and in their lives.

John W. Buckley
Vice President for Enrollment