Test-Optional Admission

New for 2017, applicants to our traditional, residential campus in Crete will no longer be required to submit a standardized test score to be considered for admission to Doane.

Why? Because we don’t believe in one size fits all.

If you believe that standardized test scores don’t reflect your true capabilities and potential as a student, we trust you!

That’s why we’re now offering Test-Optional Admission: a path that allows you to ditch standardized test scores and instead be measured through a personal evaluation process with our admissions team.


What it is

A way to make your own case for admission instead of being boxed in by test scores.

Who it’s for

Any prospective high school student with a 3.5 GPA or higher (weighted or unweighted) who believes their performance on the ACT or SAT does not do them justice.

How it works

Doane’s new Test-Optional Admission is a short process.

  • Start by applying to Doane’s Crete campus;

  • Then have your high school transcript sent to us;

  • And finally provide us with a graded writing sample (one with written comments from your teacher on it) from either an English or history class. It must be a term paper, essay or short story, but it cannot be a poem. The paper should be reflective of your grade.


Our goal in the admissions process is always an offer to students who’ve shown potential for success at Doane, most often evidenced by strong performance in a challenging academic environment. That’s why we’ll always be selective in the admission process; the better students we surround you with, the better outcomes you’ll have in your learning.

Test-Optional Admission won’t compromise the academic integrity of a Doane education or make it any less effective. Quite the opposite. It helps us evaluate students on a case-by-case basis, instead of believing that a test score and GPA tell the whole story about who you will be in a college classroom. That helps us include even more students, making our classrooms more diverse and intellectually stimulating.

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