William Paterson University is pleased to offer a test-optional admissions policy. According to our assessment, high school performance in academic, college-prep and rigorous coursework remains the primary measurement of predicting college readiness and student success. It has been determined that SAT and ACT test scores only provide a snapshot and do not give us an accurate review of student talent. Our test optional policy reasonably safeguards that students selected for admission are capable of success within our academic programs. It also supports our mission of servicing the state’s broad socio-economic and ethnic diversity through the admission of a talented student body. Who is NOT eligible for test-optional admission? Home-schooled students Students who would like to be considered for our merit-based scholarships (accepted students are automatically considered; there is no separate scholarship application) Students who would like to be considered for our University Students applying to the nursing and communication disorders and sciences majors. The Application Review Process During our review, we will take a holistic approach and focus on your high school performance and achievements. We will ensure you have completed at minimum 16 units of college-preparatory work: English (4 units): composition, literature Mathematics (3 units): algebra I, geometry, algebra II Laboratory Science (2 units): biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, anatomy/physiology Social Science (2 units): American history, world history, political science Additional (5 units): math beyond Algebra II, laboratory science beyond chemistry, foreign language, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, honors courses While not required, students may submit supporting documentation that highlights individual talents, interests and achievements. As such, examples of this documentation for submission include: Letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, employers, etc. Brief personal interest statement Resume/Co-curricular document that includes evidence of: Community service activities/projects Leadership roles in organizations such as athletic and/or academic teams Musical, theatric and/or artistic performance activities Employment history Our most competitive candidates for admission possess a 3.00 cumulative high school GPA on an unweighted 4.00 scale. These students typically continue a solid course sequence in the junior and senior years and engage in extracurricular commitments.