The Optional Choice

Applicants to Lycoming are evaluated on the basis of their academic preparation, talents, and interests, as well as the College’s capacity to help them achieve their educational objectives and career goals. Recognizing that standardized test scores may not be the best indication of the qualities we value in our students, Lycoming offers the Optional Choice.

In lieu of SAT or ACT scores, students who fall in the top half of their graduating class may submit two graded writing samples with teacher grades and comments. Writing samples should be at least two pages in length and analytical, not creative in nature (no poems, short stories, etc.). Students choosing the Optional Choice will be given full consideration for all types of financial aid offered by the College, including academic scholarships, talent scholarships and grants. Optional Choice candidates will be evaluated based on the rigor of the high school curriculum, GPA, class rank (if available), letters of recommendation, and extracurricular and community activities. An on-campus interview is highly recommended.

Interested applicants should complete the Optional Choice form (PDF) and return it to the Office of Admissions.