Rutgers University–Camden Makes Standardized Tests Optional for 2021

Closeup of a standardized test answer sheet and a pencil

By Mike Sepanic

Standardized tests – such as the SAT and ACT – will be optional for students applying for admission to Rutgers University–Camden undergraduate programs during the spring or fall semesters in 2021.

“Rutgers–Camden is a place of access, particularly for first-generation students and families,” says Craig Westman, vice chancellor for enrollment management at Rutgers University–Camden. “This test-optional policy was created to reduce stress for high school juniors and rising seniors during this difficult time, and will ensure that qualified students receive full consideration.”

During the same time period, the GMAT will be optional for students applying for admission to the master of business administration (MBA) program at the Rutgers School of Business–Camden.

Additionally, international applicants who traditionally submit TOEFL and IELTS exam outcomes have alternate options, including DuoLingo.

These temporary policies respond to the concerns of students and families regarding the uncertain accessibility of the standardized tests due to complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Rutgers University–Camden will continue to accept standardized test scores from those students who wish to submit them.

Rutgers University–Camden is nationally recognized for its innovative student-debt reduction program, Bridging the Gap, which is being studied by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Located in the heart of South Jersey and the Delaware Valley, Rutgers–Camden is a research university that delivers world-class undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 7,500 students. Learn more at

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