Test Score Waived Option (TSWO)

Rollins College belongs to an exclusive group of highly selective colleges that offer candidates the opportunity to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores. Each year, approximately 10% of the applicant pool selects TSWO. Candidates selecting this option must submit a personal representation of their strengths, talents, or interests.



TSWO Questions and Answers


Q: How do I know if I should select TSWO?

A: TSWO is designed for students who perform well in the classroom but whose academic strength is not reflected in their standarized test scores. We recommend the test score waived option for students who fit the profile described below:

  • A-/B+ GPA

  • Lower than 1100 on the SAT (Critical Reading and Math ONLY)

  • Lower than 23 on the ACT


Q: Can I be homeschooled and apply TSWO?

A: Students who are homeschooled are required to submit their SAT or ACT scores to Rollins in order to be considered for admission. Therefore, TSWO is not an option for students who are homeschooled. 


Q: How is a TSWO applicant evaluated during the admission process compared to a Test Score applicant?

A: Students applying TSWO are evaluated similarly to those who apply using their test scores. TSWO applicants are not at any disadvantage compared to Test Score applicants. 


Q: What are you looking for in a personal representation?

A: If you select our Test Score Waived Option (TSWO), you'll need to submit a personal representation telling us about yourself. You may submit this personal representation as a 1-minute YouTube video (or similar) or a PowerPoint/Prezi presentation of 6-8 slides. Please email your video link or your presentation to tswo@rollins.edu. Be sure to include your name and address and/or high school so we can identify you.

   *Keynote for Mac needs to be converted to PowerPoint or Prezi.

   *We ask that you not send Google Drive.


Q: If I apply through TSWO, am I eligible for financial aid?

A: Yes, you can still apply for need-based financial aid and there are a limited number of academic-based scholarships.


Q: Why shouldn't I select TSWO?

A: TSWO applicants are not eligible for the 3/2 Accelerated Management Program or for the Honors Degree Program.


Q: Can I submit my test scores and a personal representation?

A: If you choose to apply to Rollins using your test scores but would also like to submit an additional representation, you are free to do so; however, the representation would be regarded as supplemental information. 


Q: How do I let the Admission Office know that I would like to apply using TSWO?

A: On your Rollins application there is a question that asks if you would like to apply TSWO.  If you would, check the “yes” box. If you are applying through the Common Application, this will be found on the member screen.


Q: What if I already submitted my test scores but I now want to apply TSWO?

A: We will automatically erase your test scores from our files if you choose to apply TSWO on your application. 


Q: Can I change my mind?

A: If you have already applied to Rollins and would like to change to either the test score waived option or to the test score option, please contact your admission counselor.  As long as the application deadline hasn’t passed, and you are able to quickly provide us with the supplemental information, we will be able to make the change. If the deadline has passed, speak with your admission counselor. Click here to locate your counselor.


Q.  If I apply TSWO do I ever have to send my test scores?

A.  During the summer enrolling TSWO students are asked to send their scores confidentially to the Dean of Admission and Enrollment for the purpose of ongoing research about the relationship between test scores and academic performance. These scores are never included in the student's official college record and, in fact, after the collection process the names of students are separated from test scores. To make the research meaningful, enrolling students are strongly encouraged to send their scores upon request.