At Juniata, we have always put the student first in the admissions process. That remains unchanged. Here are some answers to the questions you may have about how COVID-19 may affect your college application.



Juniata College Test Optional Policy

For over two decades, Juniata has not required the submission of standardized tests (SAT/ACT) as part of the admission process, nor do we need them for the awarding of merit scholarships.

Regardless of if you submit SAT/ ACT scores or not, we use a holistic review to evaluate all applicants. This includes grades in high school or college, the strength of the high school or college curriculum, extra-curricular activities, letters of recommendation, and the application essay. If you are a home-schooled student, the test optional policy still applies. If you have questions or concerns about submitting standardized test scores, please contact the Admissions Office.

If English is not your native Language, proof english proficiency is required. Juniata accepts TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo and Pearson Academic PTE. A preferred minimum TOEFL score of 80iBT or equivalent result is required. Proof of English Language instruction will be considered for students not meeting preferred minimum test. Students with lower scores may be eligible for conditional admission.

Submission of Application Materials

We anticipate some challenges in submitting official documents due to schools operating remotely. If you cannot submit documents via official platforms, please be in touch directly via email ( or phone (814-641-3420) to discuss your options for submitting official documents.

Pass / Fail Grading Changes

We know that many schools moved to online learning and shifted grading policies from a letter grade to pass/fail. Students will not be punished for having pass/fail grades on their transcript, and we will remain flexible when reviewing an application. We will continue to use a holistic review and evaluate an applicant based a wide array of factors to assess their academic preparation. 

We will continue to engage with school counselors should questions arise about a transcript and remain true to our student-centered process.

AP/IB & Dual Enrollment Credit

The current environment has necessitated changes to AP, and IB exam schedules and formats. Juniata College will continue to award college credit for AP, and IB exams taken during spring and summer 2020.  In addition, we will continue to award credit for Dual Enrollment courses that are 100 level or above, in which the student has received a C or higher, or a “passing” grade.


Please feel free to connect with your admission counselor if you would like to discuss your specific circumstances or have any questions about applying to Juniata College