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SAT and ACT Policies and Score Ranges for Popular Colleges and Universities

Compass has compiled the most recently available score range data and admission testing policies for popular colleges and universities, public and private, chosen to represent a wide array of four-year postsecondary institutions in the U.S. 

The SAT and ACT scores in the table below represent the most recently reported* scores available. The 25th to 75th percentile ranges show the mid-50% of test scores submitted by enrolled students. These scores should not be viewed as cutoffs or qualifying scores as the ranges are often inflated by pandemic-era score submission practices. In fact, withholding scores may suggest much lower performance to admission officers than would your actual score. 

In early 2024, schools like Yale, Dartmouth, and Brown followed MIT and returned to requiring testing for nearly all applicants. We have compiled recent significant testing policy updates here.

Schools marked with an asterisk (*) are only Test Optional for some students. Schools that are Test Optional for admissions may require or recommend scores for merit scholarships. We track merit award score ranges and testing policies here.

We encourage you to click on a college’s name, which links directly to its testing policy page for the most complete guidance.

SchoolTesting PolicyPolicy DetailsNumber of ApplicantsAccept RateSAT Total 25th–75th PercentileACT Total 25th–75th Percentile
California Institute of TechnologyTest RequiredCaltech requires students to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the application process. CalTech does not offer merit-based aid.166262.69%
Harvard College Test RequiredHarvard requires applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the application process. In exceptional cases when those tests are not accessible, students may submit AP Exam, IB, GCSE/A-Level, or National Leaving Exam Results.612213.24%1490–158034–36
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyTest RequiredMIT requires applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores.332404.11%1510–157034–36
Yale UniversityTest RequiredYale requires applicants to submit SAT, ACT, or AP/IB scores as part of the admissions process. Yale does not offer merit-based aid.500604.57%1470–156033–35
Brown UniversityTest RequiredBrown requires students submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their admission application. Brown does not offer merit-based aid.506495.06%1500–156034–36
Dartmouth CollegeTest RequiredDartmouth requires students to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their application. Dartmouth does not offer merit-based aid.283366.38%
United States Military AcademyTest RequiredWest Point requires applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. They require the ACT with writing, and students who submit SAT scores may be asked to provide a timed writing sample.1395510.66%1210–143028–33
Georgetown UniversityTest RequiredGeorgetown requires submission of SAT/ACT scores for admission. Students who apply without scores will be asked to explain why they were unable to take a test. Georgetown does not offer merit-based aid.2663812.23%1410–154032–35
United States Air Force AcademyTest RequiredUSAFA requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.835316.23%1320–147028–33
Georgia Institute of TechnologyTest RequiredThe University System of Georgia requires students to submit an SAT or ACT test score as part of the application.5061017.13%1370–153031–35
Florida A&M UniversityTest RequiredFAMU requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.2271321.12%1040–115019–24
University of FloridaTest RequiredThe University of Florida requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.6447323.35%1320–147028–33
Florida State UniversityTest RequiredFlorida State University requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.7808825.04%1220–136026–31
United States Merchant Maritime AcademyTest RequiredUSMMA requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.153127.37%
University of Texas—AustinTest RequiredUT Austin requires students to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the application for admission.5976731.41%
University of Central FloridaTest RequiredUniversity of Central Florida requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the ACT Writing Test.5497741.04%1200–136025–29
University of GeorgiaTest RequiredThe University System of Georgia requires students to submit an SAT or ACT test score as part of the application.3935442.51%1220–140026–32
University of South FloridaTest RequiredUniversity of South Florida requries either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.6556743.94%1240–137027–30
Purdue University—West LafayetteTest RequiredPurdue University requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.6830952.69%1210–145027–33
University of DallasTest RequiredUniversity of Dallas requires first year applicants to submit offical SAT or ACT scores.499058.36%1120–138024–31
Gallaudet UniversityTest RequiredGallaudet University requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.38059.21%770–106014–20
Morehouse CollegeTest RequiredMorehouse requires first year applicants to submit offical SAT or ACT scores.522160.01%18–25
Florida InternationalTest RequiredFlorida International University requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the ACT Writing Test.1734363.86%1070–124021–26
Florida Institute of TechnologyTest RequiredFlorida Institute of Technology requires either the SAT or ACT. It generally does not require the optional ACT Writing Test, but it may be required for some applicants.1065065.88%1150–133024–30
University of TennesseeTest RequiredThe University of Tennessee requires SAT/ACT scores as part of the application for admission.3629068.41%1180–132025–31
New College of FloridaTest RequiredThe New College of Florida requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.183075.41%1120–134024–31
Thomas Aquinas CollegeTest RequiredThomas Aquinas College requires requires that applicants take the SAT, the ACT, or the CLT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test. Thomas Aquinas College does not offer merit-based aid.26284.73%1210–140027–32
University of MemphisTest RequiredUM requires students to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their applicants.1576794.60%960–122017–24
Stanford UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Stanford extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admissions cycle.563783.68%1500–157033–35
Columbia UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Columbia offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without SAT or ACT scores.605513.89%1510–156034–35
Princeton University Test Optional (Temporary)Princeton has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admissions cycle. Princeton does not offer merit-based aid.376014.38%1470–156033–35
University of ChicagoTest Optional (Permanent)UChicago offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.375225.44%1510–156034–35
University of PennsylvaniaTest Optional (Temporary)UPenn has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admissions cycle.563325.87%1480–157033–35
Duke UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Duke has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admissions cycle.495235.88%1490–156033–35
Johns Hopkins UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Johns Hopkins has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2025–26 admission cycle.371566.00%1520–156034–35
Vanderbilt UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Vanderbilt has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2026–27 admission cycle.463776.67%1490–157034–35
Northeastern UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Northeastern has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2025-26 admission cycle.910006.80%1450–153033–35
Swarthmore CollegeTest Optional (Temporary)Swarthmore has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024-25 admission cycle.147076.93%1450–154032–35
Northwestern UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Northwestern has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admissions cycle.476366.97%1490–155033–35
Pomona CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Pomona College offers a test optional policy which allows students to apply without SAT or ACT scores.106667.02%1480–154033–35
Amherst CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Amherst offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.148647.26%1450–155033–35
Cornell UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Cornell has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2025 applicants. Additionally, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, and the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business will not consider test scores even if submitted. Cornell does not offer merit-based aid.711647.26%1470–155033–35
Colby CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Colby College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. Colby does not offer merit-based aid.168907.61%1430–154032–34
Williams CollegeTest Optional (Temporary)Williams has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2025–26 admissions cycle.153218.50%1490–155034–35
University of California—Los AngelesTest Free (Permanent)The UC system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT/ACT scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships.1498158.57%
Rice UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Rice offers a test optional olicy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.314438.68%1490–157034–36
Bowdoin CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Bowdoin College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. Bowdoin does not offer merit-based aid.93769.19%1340–152031–35
United States Naval AcademyTest Optional (Temporary)USNA has extended their temporary test flexible policy, meaning they will review applications with or without standardized test scores. Students seeking admission without a test score will be asked to provide supporting information concerning test availability, cancellation, etc.147279.36%
Claremont McKenna CollegeTest Optional (Temporary)CMC has extended their temporary test optional policy to fall 2024 admission.570910.35%1450–154033–35
Grinnell CollegeTest Optional (Temporary)Grinnell has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2026.999710.76%1410–152031–33
Carnegie Mellon UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Carnegie Mellon has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2025. However, School of Computer Science applicants are strongly encouraged to submit either an SAT or ACT score, including the math subscore.3426111.30%1500–156034–35
Emory UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Emory has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admissions cycle.3317911.35%1450–153032–34
University of California—BerkeleyTest Free (Permanent)The UC system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT/ACT scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships.12822611.40%
Tufts UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Tufts has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2025–26 admission cycle.3119811.43%1450–153033–35
Tulane UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Tulane has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admissions cycle.3161511.45%1400–150031–33
Barnard CollegeTest Optional (Temporary)Barnard College has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admissions cycle. Barnard College does not offer merit-based aid.1039511.47%1445–153032–34
Hamilton CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Hamilton offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores. Hamilton does not offer merit-based aid.989911.78%1440–152033–34
New York UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)NYU has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admission cycle.10066212.46%1470–152033–34
University of Southern CaliforniaTest Optional (Temporary)USC has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admission cycle.7103112.51%1330–152030–34
Middlebury CollegeTest Optional (Temporary)Middlebury has extended their temproary, test optional policy to the 2025–26 admission cycle. Middlebury does not offer merit-based aid.1295212.69%1420–152033–35
University of Notre DameTest Optional (Temporary)Notre Dame has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admissions cycle.2650912.91%1420–155032–35
Washington University in St. LouisTest Optional (Temporary)Washington University in St. Louis has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admission cycle.3363413.00%1490–157033–35
Harvey Mudd CollegeTest Optional (Temporary)Harvey Mudd has extended their temporary test optional policy through 2025.444013.36%1480–156034–36
Wellesley CollegeTest Optional (Temporary)Wellesley College has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2025 admission.849113.57%1440–154033–35
Bates CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Bates offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. Bates does not offer merit-based aid.827313.74%1340–150031–33
Haverford CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Haverford offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission with SAT or ACT scores. Haverford does not offer merit-based aid.565714.21%1410–153033–35
Boston UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)BU has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admission cycle.8079614.37%1370–143031–33
Wesleyan UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Wesleyan University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission. International students will not be required to submit SAT or ACT scores for the 2020-21 admission cycle.1452114.43%1310–150031–34
United States Coast Guard AcademyTest Optional (Permanent)USCGA has adopted a test optional policy. While scores are optional, they are encouraged, and students applying without scores are asked to upload a short statement.189415.47%1160–136026–31
Colorado CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Colorado College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students and international students are not eligible for test optional admission.784616.30%1270–146029–33
Carleton CollegeTest Optional (Temporary)Carleton College has extended their temporary test optional to Fall 2025 admissions.858316.63%1430–154032–35
Boston CollegeTest Optional (Temporary)Boston College has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admissions cycle.4049416.66%1450–152033–35
Davidson CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Davidson offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission with SAT or ACT scores. Homeschooled students and students who attend non-traditional schools are recommended to submit scores.647916.95%1360–149031–33
Washington and Lee UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Washington and Lee has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admissions cycle.722416.96%1410–153032–34
Colgate UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Colgate University has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2026–27 admissions cycle.1754017.19%1360–149031–34
University of Michigan—Ann ArborTest Optional (Permanent)The University of Michigan offers a test optional policy.8428917.69%1350–153031–34
Pitzer CollegeTest Free (Temporary)Pitzer has been test optional since 2003. After nearly two decades of test optional admissions, Pitzer College will switch to a test-free admission policy through Fall 2025.350018.40%
Vassar CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Vassar offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores. Vassar College does not offer merit-based aid.1141218.66%1440–151032–34
University of MiamiTest Optional (Temporary)University of Miami has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2025.4916718.94%1330–145030–33
Rhode Island School of DesignTest Optional (Permanent)Rhode Island School of Design offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, international and homeschooled students are still required to submit test scores.N/A19.00%
University of North Carolina—Chapel HillTest Optional (Temporary)The UNC System has reinstated their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2024.5377619.24%1330–150029–33
Hillsdale CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Hillsdale College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.306620.58%1370–148030–34
University of VirginiaTest Optional (Temporary)UVA has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admissions cycle.4798220.74%1400–151032–35
Babson CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Babson has adopted a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.760722.01%1410–151031–34
The Cooper UnionTest Optional (Temporary)Cooper Union has extemded their temporary test optional policy for first-year and transfer applicants, to Fall 2024.150822.28%1380–153032–35
Smith CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Smith College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, international students are not eligible for test optional admission.726922.86%1390–150031–34
Villanova UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Villanova has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2025–26 admission cycle.2383523.39%1390–148032–34
University of RichmondTest Optional (Temporary)University of Richmond has extended their temporary test optional policy to fall 2025 admissions.1436424.37%1410–150032–34
Berea CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Berea College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.221724.58%1090–130023–27
Wake Forest UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Wake Forest offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1515625.18%1380–148030–33
Skidmore CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Skidmore College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, international students and homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.1318325.54%1320–144030–33
University of California—Santa BarbaraTest Free (Permanent)The UC system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT/ACT scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships.11100625.84%
Case Western Reserve UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Case Western has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admissions cycle.3870127.41%1420–152032–35
Scripps CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Scripps offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.309927.91%1410–151032–34
Denison UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Denison offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.951328.27%1250–141028–32
Spelman CollegeTest Optional (Temporary)Spelman has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admission cycle.1364928.39%1100–129022–27
Macalester CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Macalester College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, Macalester recommends that homeschooled students and students who attend high schools that do not provide grades submit SAT or ACT scores.843428.42%1350–149030–34
University of California—IrvineTest Free (Permanent)The UC system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT/ACT scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships.10795228.94%
California State Polytechnic University—San Luis ObispoTest Free (Permanent)The Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.5894430.34%1260–145028–33
Trinity UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Trinity University has extended their test optional policy to the 2025–26 admission cycle.1146330.51%1310–145029–33
Bryn Mawr CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Bryn Mawr offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, international students are not eligible for test optional admission.359430.75%1300–147029–35
Reed CollegeTest Free (Temporary)Reed has extended their temporary test free admission policy to the Fall 2024 period.902330.80%1320–150030–33
Bucknell UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Bucknell University adopted a five-year, test optional policy for first-year students, beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. However, homeschooled students and international students are not eligible for test optional admission. Bucknell will use the five-year pilot period to assess the patterns of success for test score submitters and non-submitters.1170732.55%1180–139027–32
College of William and MaryTest Optional (Permanent)William and Mary offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without SAT or ACT scores.1808733.50%1370–152032–34
Lafayette CollegeTest Optional (Temporary)Lafayette College extended their temporary test optional policy through the 2029 academic year.1050033.63%1350–146030–33
Kenyon CollegeTest Optional (Temporary)Kenyon has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2025 semester.811634.30%1380–149031–34
University of California—San DiegoTest Free (Permanent)The UC system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT/ACT scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships.11841034.31%
Oberlin CollegeTest Optional (Temporary)Oberlin College has extended their temporary test optional policy for first-time, international, and homeschooled to the 2025–26 application year.1059734.34%1340–146030–34
Dickinson CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Dickinson offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.826134.92%1290–141029–32
Howard UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Howard University has extended its temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admissions cycle.2939635.25%1100–127021–26
Franklin and Marshall CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Franklin and Marshall College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission. Franklin and Marshall does not offer merit-based aid.892336.23%1300–141029–32
College of the Holy CrossTest Optional (Permanent)The College of the Holy Cross offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.703636.36%1270–142028–32
Lehigh UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Lehigh offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1516336.98%1350–148030–33
Trinity College (Hartford)Test Optional (Permanent)Trinity offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.560337.75%1340–147029–33
University of RochesterTest Optional (Permanent)The University of Rochester offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1993338.88%1410–152031–34
Brandeis UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Brandeis University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.979639.14%1390–150031–34
San Diego State UniversityTest Free (Permanent)The Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.7725039.26%1130–134023–29
Occidental CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Oxy offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.630539.40%1380–149031–34
Mount Holyoke CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Mount Holyoke College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.489439.76%1370–150030–34
Hampden-Sydney CollegeTest Optional (Temporary)Hampden-Sydney College has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2024 period.326239.79%1040–131023–29
California State University—Long BeachTest Free (Permanent)The Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.7469439.96%
Connecticut CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Connecticut College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.874440.40%1180–139028–32
American UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)American University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1951040.63%1290–142029–32
Loyola Marymount UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)LMU has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2024.2169541.31%1280–143028–32
Binghamton University—SUNYTest Optional (Permanent)The SUNY system offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.4164241.75%1340–151029–34
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Illinois Wesleyan offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.440842.22%1120–133025–30
Emerson CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Emerson College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.1210942.75%1280–141030–32
Clemson UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Clemson offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.5281442.99%1230–140026–31
CUNY—Baruch CollegeTest Free (Temporary)The CUNY system has extended their temporary test free policy through Spring 20252030343.40%1130–1330
Auburn UniversityTest Optional* (Temporary)Auburn requires either the SAT or the ACT. However, Fall 2024 applicants with a 3.6+ GPA may apply test-optional. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.4569343.74%1240–137024–30
University of Maryland—College ParkTest Optional (Temporary)UMD has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 application cycle.5663744.50%1370–151031–34
Southwestern UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Southwestern University has a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students and international students are not eligible for test optional admission.555744.79%1140–132024–30
University of Illinois—Urbana-ChampaignTest Optional (Permanent)University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign offers a test optional oplicy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT/ACT scores.6325744.82%1350–151029–34
Pratt InstituteTest Optional (Permanent)Pratt offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.827844.87%1200–140026–31
Truman State UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Truman State University has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2024 semester. Students applying to the nursing major must submit scores. Test scores are also required to be eligible for some scholarships or programs.491245.05%1070–133023–29
Hampton UniversityTest Optional* (Permanent)Hampton University requires either the SAT or ACT, however they will waive this requirement for students with a 3.3+ GPA or who rank in the top 10% of their class. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.1503545.10%840–122017–27
Bennington CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Bennington has a test-optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores.280145.31%1260–137029–33
Baylor UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Baylor has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admissions cycle. However, homeschooled students, students who attend schools that only provide narrative evaluations, and students who graduate high school early are not eligible for test optional admissions.4075345.88%1170–136026–32
Stevens Institute of TechnologyTest Optional (Temporary)Stevens Institute of Technology has extended their temporary test optional policy, with some exceptions, for Fall 2026. However, students applying to the Accelerated Pre-Medicine or Pre-Law programs are required to submit scores.1250046.22%1380–151031–34
University of California—DavisTest Free (Permanent)The UC system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT/ACT scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships.7622546.32%1160–137025–31
Union College (Schenectady, NY)Test Optional (Permanent)Union College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students and those applying for the Leadership in Medicine program or the 3+3 Accelerated Law Program are not eligible for test optional admission.845846.51%1310–149029–33
North Carolina State University—RaleighTest Optional (Temporary)The UNC System has reinstated their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2024.3542047.01%1260–142024–31
University of California—Santa CruzTest Free (Permanent)The UC system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT/ACT scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships.6603347.09%
University of Washington—SeattleTest Optional (Permanent)The University of Washington—Seattle offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.5248847.52%1320–150029–34
CUNY—HunterTest Free (Temporary)The CUNY system has extended their temporary test free policy through Spring 20253391347.80%
Whitman CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Whitman College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, international and homeschooled students are strongly encouraged to submit SAT or ACT scores.549747.83%1310–146030–33
University of Wisconsin—MadisonTest Optional (Temporary)The University of Wisiconsin—Madison has extended its temporary test optional policy to the spring 2027 term.6026049.03%1370–150028–33
University of PittsburghTest Optional (Temporary)Pitt has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admission cycle.5307249.14%1280–147029–33
Stony Brook University—SUNYTest Optional (Permanent)The SUNY system offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.4051349.14%1320–148028–34
George Washington UniversityTest Optional* (Permanent)George Washington University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, applicants applying to the accelerated Seven-Year B.A./M.D. Program, students who attend secondary schools that do not provide letter grades, homeschooled students, and recruited NCAA Division 1 athletes are not eligible for test optional admission (unless allowed by the NCAA).2723649.71%1320–146030–34
Sarah Lawrence CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Sarah Lawrence College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.518649.88%1280–143029–33
St. John's College—AnnapolisTest Optional (Permanent)St. John's College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students and students who will not earn high school diplomas are not eligible for test optional admission. Most international students are not eligible for test optional admission.98349.95%1250–146030–33
Rollins CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Rollins offers a test optional policy ("test scores waived option"), which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, applicants to the 3/2 Accelerated Management Program or the Honors Degree Program must submit test scores.902249.99%1150–135024–29
Clark UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Clark University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, international students are not eligible for test optional admission.878750.32%1260–143028–33
Syracuse UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Syracuse extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admissions cycle.4148951.75%1260–141028–32
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Ohio Wesleyan University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.532452.18%
Fairfield UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Fairfield University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1335952.18%1260–136028–31
Southern Methodist UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)SMU offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without SAT or ACT scores.1615052.25%1390–150031–34
Sewanee: University of the SouthTest Optional (Permanent)Sewanee—The University of the South offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.457852.32%1190–128026–31
University of San DiegoTest Free (Temporary)University of San Diego has extended their temporary test free policy to the Fall 2024 semester.1433452.61%
Pepperdine UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Pepperdine offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without submitting SAT or ACT scores.1185552.71%1280–143025–30
Providence CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Providence College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1112952.78%1130–133025–31
Rhodes CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Rhodes offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.525353.91%1320–145028–32
Santa Clara UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Santa Clara University has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2025 terms.1684853.98%1300–146029–33
Austin CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Austin College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.519254.37%1120–136023–29
California State Polytechnic University—PomonaTest Free (Permanent)The Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.4972155.19%
Pennsylvania State University—University ParkTest Optional (Temporary)Penn State has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2025 term.8578455.21%1220–138026–31
University of ConnecticutTest Optional (Temporary)UConn has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2026 term.3675355.60%1230–143027–33
Texas Christian UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)TCU has extended their temporary test optional policy through 2025.1619756.10%1140–136026–31
The College of WoosterTest Optional (Permanent)The College of Wooster offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.725156.27%1260–143027–32
Gettysburg CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Gettysburg College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, Gettysburg recommends that both international and homeschooled students submit SAT or ACT scores.579656.31%1350–144028–32
St. Olaf CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)St. Olaf College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.552456.41%1300–146028–33
Biola UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Biola University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.422556.62%
Soka University of AmericaTest Optional (Permanent)Soka University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without submitting SAT or ACT scores.49856.63%1280–141026–27
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Virginia Tech has extended their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2025.4532156.98%1220–142026–32
New SchoolTest Optional (Permanent)The New School offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.952457.18%
Ohio State University—ColumbusTest Optional (Temporary)OSU has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2025.5818057.18%1260–142026–32
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteTest Free (Temporary)WPI has adopted an eight year test free policy, which means the university does not accept scores in the application process, beginning with the Fall 2021 application cycle.1159957.48%
Bentley UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Bentley University has extended their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2025.966257.88%1280–140028–32
California State University—FresnoTest Free (Permanent)The Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.1812257.94%950–113016–22
Colorado School of MinesTest Optional (Permanent)Mines offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1088658.00%1340–146030–33
Fordham UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Fordham University has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2025 admissions.4627558.30%1320–145030–33
John Brown UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)JBU offers a test optional admission policy. However, some international students may be required to submit scores.144258.39%1100–136021–28
Marist CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Marist College offers a test optional policy, offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students and students applying to some programs are not eligible for test optional admission.1100059.09%1220–135027–32
Texas Lutheran UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)TLU offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without submitting SAT or ACT scores.268359.30%1018–116019–24
Lake Forest CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Lake Forest College has a test-optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores. Test optional applicants must complete an interview. Homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.466559.72%1160–135026–31
University of VermontTest Optional (Temporary)University of Vermont has extended their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2026.3023159.79%1280–142028–32
Bard CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Bard College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.516159.99%1290–147028–33
Wofford CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Wofford College has a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores. However, international students are not eligible for test optional admission.442560.18%
Hendrix CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Hendrix College has a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students and international students who are native speakers of English are not eligible for test optional admission.272960.28%1130–134023–31
Augustana CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Augustana College has a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores. Test optional applicants may be asked to complete an interview. However, homeschooled applicants and international applicants are not eligible for test optional admission.696561.22%1020–124021–28
SUNY College of Environmental Science and ForestryTest Optional (Permanent)The SUNY system offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.201861.40%1120–131023–29
Wabash CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Wabash offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.191461.49%1140–132022–29
Yeshiva UniversityTest Optional* (Permanent)Yeshiva offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for regular admission without SAT/AC scores. However, honors applicants are required to submit scores.141061.63%1210–145025–31
Centre CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Centre College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scors.274662.35%1200–1470
Texas A&M University—College StationTest Optional (Permanent)Texas A&M offers a test optional policy.4342262.65%1160–138025–31
Milwaukee School of EngineeringTest Optional (Permanent)MSOE offers a test optional policy.547863.42%1190–139025–31
St. Lawrence UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)St. Lawrence offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores. However, international students are not eligible for test optional admission.517263.50%1270–138029–32
University of Massachusetts—AmherstTest Optional (Permanent)UMass Amherst offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.4545163.52%1280–145029–33
University of South CarolinaTest Optional (Temporary)The University of South Carolina has extended their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2024 admissions.4218864.05%1200–138027–32
The College of New JerseyTest Optional* (Temporary)The College of New Jersey has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2025–26 admission cycle. However, test scores are required for Nursing students and the Accelerated Seven-Year Medical School opportunities.1030264.43%1160–133024–30
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTest Optional (Temporary)RPI has extended their temporary test optional police to the fall 2025 semester. However, students applying to the Physician-Scientist Program will be required to submit the appropriate testing.1686364.51%1380–150030–33
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University—Daytona BeachTest Optional (Permanent)Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University offers a test optional policy, which allows most students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. Homeschooled students must provide SAT or ACT scores and show academic strength through AP Exams.982564.85%1140–133023–30
Drury UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Drury University offers a test optional policy, which allows domestic students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.194965.42%1070–125023–30
Muhlenberg CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Muhlenberg College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.432965.51%1200–140029–33
Concordia College—MoorheadTest Optional (Permanent)Concordia College offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.377465.53%1410–141021–28
Abilene Christian UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)ACU offers a test optional policy. However, only students who submit test scores will be considered for the honors college and elligible for some scholarships.1122665.79%1030–125020–27
DePauw UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)DePauw University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students and students who wish to apply for an Honor Scholar or Fellows program are not eligible for test optional admission.570865.80%1160–136024–31
Birmingham-Southern College Test Optional (Permanent)Birmingham-Southern College offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, applicants who select test optional admission are required to have an interview with an admissions counselor.246165.91%1080–125022–28
Illinois Institute of TechnologyTest Optional (Permanent)Illinois Tech offers a test optional policy.652066.10%1230–140026–32
University of HoustonTest Optional* (Permanent)University of Houston requires the SAT or ACT. However, they will waive this requirement for students who rank in the top 10% of their class or have a 3.45+ GPA.2978366.24%1170–133023–29
Albion CollegeTest Optional (Temporary)Albion has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2023 term.682766.52%
Agnes Scott CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Agnes Scott College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.187966.52%1140–134024–31
Brigham Young University—ProvoTest Optional (Temporary)BYU has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Winter 2026 term.1055966.67%1280–145027–32
California State University—FullertonTest Free (Permanent)The Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.4874966.72%930–119018–26
Rochester Institute of TechnologyTest Optional (Permanent)Rochester Institute of Technology offers a test optional policy, which allows students applying to most programs to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. Students applying to imaging science, motion picture science, and photographic sciences within the College of Art & Design must still provide test scores2376366.95%1280–143029–33
Furman UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Furman University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.751067.02%1280–143027–32
Beloit CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Beloit offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.327767.32%1230–138024–28
Texas Tech UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Texas Tech has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2025 entry terms.3540067.34%1110–126023–28
Drake UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Drake University offers a test optional policy, which it refers to as a "test-flexible" plan, which allows students to either write an essay or sit for an interview in lieu of submitting test scores. However, homeschooled students, as well as applicants to certain programs, are not eligible for test optional admission.858067.44%1190–138025–30
Stonehill CollegeTest Free (Temporary)Stonehill College has has extended their temporary test free policy to Fall 2024.696167.69%1120–129024–29
University at Buffalo—SUNYTest Optional (Permanent)The SUNY system offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.3093967.71%1190–138025–32
Kennesaw State UniversityTest Optional* (Temporary)The University System of Georgia requires SAT or ACT test scores. However, students applying to Kennesaw State with a 3.2+ GPA may be considered without scores.2110667.85%1030–120019–25
University at Albany—SUNYTest Optional (Permanent)The SUNY system offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.2603167.89%1120–132022–31
University of North Carolina—WilmingtonTest Optional (Temporary)The UNC System has reinstated their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2024.1579267.98%1220–132024–28
Millsaps CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Millsaps College offers a test optional policy.N/A68.00%
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—New BrunswickTest Optional (Permanent)Rutgers—New Brunswick offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.4316168.16%1240–147027–33
Ball StateTest Optional (Permanent)Ball State University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students and students whose high schools do not provide grades are not eligible for test optional admission.2294768.17%1030–121020–27
University of North GeorgiaTest Optional* (Temporary)The University System of Georgia requires SAT or ACT test scores. However, students applying to UNG with a 3.0+ GPA may be considered without scores.959968.22%1010–119019–25
Hobart and William Smith CollegesTest Optional (Permanent)Hobart and William Smith Colleges offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.508268.38%1230–139027–32
Lewis & Clark CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Lewis and Clark offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. Prior to the 2020-21 admission cycle, students who chose not to submit standardized test scores had to submit an academic portfolio in lieu of scores. However, students will no longer be required to submit a portfolio.666368.59%1270–140029–32
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyTest Optional (Temporary)NJIT has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2024.1157869.14%1100–144027–33
University of TulsaTest Optional* (Permanent)University of Tulsa offers a test optional policy, however, test scores are strongly encouraged. Applicants to the Early Careers in Medicine program are required to submit scores.1204269.18%1070–135021–30
University of California—RiversideTest Free (Permanent)The UC system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT/ACT scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships.5468569.22%
Hofstra UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Hofstra Univeristy offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students and international students are not eligible for test optional admission.2357769.33%1190–137026–31
Allegheny CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Allegheny College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores. However, international students are not eligible for test optional admission.414869.65%1120–137023–30
Gonzaga UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Gonzaga University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without test scores.988669.77%1210–140026–31
Georgia StateTest Optional* (Temporary)The University System of Georgia requires SAT or ACT test scores. However, students applying to Georgia State with a 3.4+ GPA may be considered without scores.3464769.92%990–121019–27
Berry CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Berry College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without standardized test scores.522069.94%1100–127023–29
Saint Louis UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Saint Louis University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT/ACT scores.1504770.05%
St. Mary's College of CaliforniaTest Optional (Permanent)St. Mary's offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without test scores. However, student-athletes, homeschooled students, and students attending schools that don't give grades must provide test scores.352370.08%
DePaul UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)DePaul University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students and international students are not eligible for test optional admission.3178570.17%1090–1290
Oklahoma State UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Oklahoma State University offers a test optional policy. However, test scores are required for most university scholarships.1911770.63%1010–124020–27
Siena CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Siena College offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, applicants must meet certain academic requirements to apply test optional. Additionally, applicants to select programs are not eligible for test optional admission.946670.83%1050–126022–31
Knox CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Knox College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.303870.87%1180–136024–31
Randolph-Macon CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Randolph-Macon College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT/ACT scores.246070.89%1050–124021–27
Presbyterian College (SC)Test Optional (Permanent)Presbyterian College offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.196470.98%1010–122019–26
Virginia Military InstituteTest Optional (Temporary)VMI has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admission cycle.119271.06%1120–127022–29
St. John Fisher UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Fisher offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.451571.10%1120–126023–29
University of San FranciscoTest Optional (Permanent)University of San Francisco offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.2310371.18%1230–139027–31
Queens University of CharlotteTest Optional (Permanent)Queens University of Charlotte offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores, though they encourage applicants to submit scores.315471.27%1080–124022–29
Elmhurst CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Elmhurst offers a test optional policy. Students who choose to apply TO will be required to submit an essay.376271.29%1010–121022–29
Coe CollegeTest Optional* (Permanent)Coe College requires either the SAT or ACT, however, it will waive this requirement if you have a 3.0+ GPA. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.748171.50%1080–128022–28
Hollins UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Hollins offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT/ACT scores.331072.30%1140–130025–30
Chapman UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Chapman offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students and students who graduate from schools without traditional grades are not eligible for test optional admission.1369072.52%1220–138026–31
University of DelawareTest Optional (Permanent)University of Delaware offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.3396572.66%1170–135026–31
University of Hawai'i at MānoaTest Optional (Permanent)University of Hawai'i offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scors. However, please note that scholarships or department direct entry programs may require test scores for consideration.1897472.77%
Adelphi UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Adelphi University has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2027–28 admissions cycle.1730172.78%
University of OklahomaTest Optional (Temporary)University of Oklahoma has adopted a five-year test optional policy beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. Test scores are encouraged for scholarship consideration.2154872.92%1130–132023–29
Drew UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Drew University offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.398973.15%1120–130024–30
Earlham CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Earlham offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores. However, international students and homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.137573.24%1160–135024–32
University of IdahoTest Optional* (Temporary)The University of Idahos requires either the SAT or the ACT. However, applicants through 2024 may apply test-optional with a 2.6+ GPA. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.1339373.85%1000–124020–27
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Gustavus Adolphus College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.378173.90%25–31
Lipscomb UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Lipscomb University has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2024 term.342273.99%1120–128022–29
University of DaytonTest Optional (Permanent)The University of Dayton offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT/ACT scores.1856674.30%1160–135023–30
Mercer UniversityTest Optional* (Permanent)Mercer University requires test scores. However, students with an unweighted GPA of 3.5+ are able to apply test optional.758674.39%1210–134026–31
Elon UniversityTest Optional* (Permanent)Elon offers a test optional policy. However, students applying to the Nursing, Accelerated Pathways to PA and DPT and the Accelerated 3+1 Business Dual-Degree programs are required to submit scores. Nursing applicants must have a minimum SAT score of 1100 and ACT 22. Home-schooled applicants and students attending U.S. high schools that do not issue letter grades are required to submit standardized test scores for admission and scholarship consideration.1755174.46%1180–133025–30
Clarkson UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Clarkson University offers a test optional policy.701174.58%1190–137025–32
Taylor UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Taylor University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. Students who choose not to submit scores may be asked to provide more information or complete proficiency exams.209974.61%1100–131023–30
Washington CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Washington College has a test-optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without submitting SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled applicants and internantional applicants are not eligible for test optional admission.255474.71%1200–137025–29
University of RedlandsTest Optional (Permanent)University of Redlands offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.471374.75%1100–125023–28
University of Minnesota—Twin CitiesTest Optional (Temporary)University of Minnesota—Twin Cities has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2025 terms.3805074.91%1300–147027–32
SUNY—GeneseoTest Optional (Permanent)SUNY-Geneseo offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT/ACT scores.906974.93%1170–131025–31
Lawrence UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Lawrence University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.290774.96%1230–146027–32
University of La VerneTest Optional (Permanent)University of La Verne offers a test optional policy, which allows first-year applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.598475.10%970–130018–25
Bradley UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Bradley University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1135275.14%1070–128024–30
Mississippi State UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Mississippi State offers a test optional policy. While SAT and ACT scores are not required for admission, they are recommended for scholarship consideration.1883075.19%1070–128021–29
Ithaca CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Ithaca College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.1244675.20%1210–136028–32
Wayne State UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)WSU has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admission cycle.1400275.32%980–122020–28
University of Illinois—ChicagoTest Optional (Permanent)UIC offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT/ACT scores.2456275.49%1120–132024–27
College of CharlestonTest Optional (Permanent)College of Charleston is test optional.2202075.69%1140–129024–30
Creighton UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Creighton offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, applicants to the nursing program and homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.797775.69%1220–140024–31
Louisiana State University—Baton RougeTest Optional* (Permanent)LSU requires SAT or ACT scores, however students who earn at least a 3.0 GPA on core classes or 18 early college credits with a 2.5 GPA may apply without test scores.3885375.72%1140–131023–28
Luther CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Luther College offers a test optional policy. However, who do not meet the minimum academic requirements may be asked to provide additional transcripts, test scores, educator references, or essays.249576.07%1090–132022–29
University of Rhode IslandTest Optional (Temporary)University of Rhode Island has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admission cycle.2510576.46%1130–128025–30
University of MissouriTest Optional (Temporary)Mizzou has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2025 term.1996676.55%1130–135023–30
Seton Hall UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Seton Hall has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2026 term.2341776.61%1250–1400
Baldwin Wallace UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Baldwin Wallace University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without test scores. However, home schooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.422977.04%1070–129020–27
Wheaton College (MA)Test Optional (Permanent)Wheaton College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, Wheaton encourages students whose first language is not English to submit their SAT or ACT scores along with the required English proficiency testing.358077.09%1180–134025–31
St. Mary's College of MarylandTest Optional (Permanent)Saint Mary's College of Maryland has a test-optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled applicants and applicants with non-traditional academic transcripts are not eligible for test optional admission.293477.30%1130–135028–30
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—NewarkTest Free* (Permanent)Rutgers—Newark offers a test free policy, which means they will not consider SAT or ACT scores as part of the admission process. However, applicants to the 7-year BA/MD joint program are required to submit scores.1445677.43%1030–127021–28
University of DenverTest Optional (Permanent)University of Denver offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.1934277.68%1240–139028–32
Loyola University New OrleansTest Free (Permanent)Starting with the Fall 2021 application cycle, Loyola will not require a standardized test score for its university admission application and will not consider a test score, should a student choose to submit.734078.11%
James Madison UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)James Madison University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.3072778.31%1160–131023–29
Carroll CollegeTest Optional* (Permanent)Carroll College requires either the SAT or ACT, however it will waive this requirement for students with a 3.0+ unweighted GPA. Students who are homeschooled, wish to apply to Direct Entry Nursing, or wish to participate in intercollegiate atheletics are not elligible for test optional admission. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.270978.33%1070–127022–28
Towson UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Towson offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1777078.60%1030–123019–25
University of Nebraska—LincolnTest Optional* (Permanent)The University of Nebraska-Lincoln requires either the SAT or the ACT. However, it will waive this requriement for students with a 3.0+ GPA or who rank in the top half of their class. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.1908578.68%1110–133022–28
High Point UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)High Point University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, students seeking some merit scholarship or those who wish to be placed in the Honors Program need to submit test scores.1244678.88%1100–128023–29
University of Arkansas—FayettevilleTest Optional* (Temporary)The University of Arkansas requires either the SAT or the ACT. Fall 2024 applicants with a 3.2+ GPA may apply test optional, however, they are required to submit scores for enrollment. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.2621078.94%1040–121021–28
Central Michigan UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)CMU has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Spring 2025 semester. However, homeschooled students or students whose high schools do not provide grades are not eligible for TO admission.1988878.95%980–120021–27
University of Colorado—BoulderTest Optional (Permanent)University of Colorado—Boulder offers a test optional admission policy.5486179.14%1170–138026–31
Loyola University ChicagoTest Optional (Permanent)Loyola University Chicago offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without standardized test scores. However, students applying for admission to the Bachelor of Nursing and Engineering Science programs will still be required to submit a self-reported test score as part of the requirement for review.4090979.15%1130–132027–32
Cornell CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Cornell College has a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores. Students who apply test optional are expected to respond to two additional written prompts on their applications, and to submit portfolios.305779.33%1210–132023–30
Appalachian State UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)The UNC System has reinstated their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2024.1817879.51%1180–122022–27
Drexel UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Drexel has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admission cycle.3704079.61%1240–142027–32
University of North Carolina—CharlotteTest Optional (Temporary)The UNC System has reinstated their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2024.2135579.64%1090–128020–26
Temple UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Temple University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, home-schooled applicants, recruited student athletes, and international applicants are not eligible for test optional admission.3866679.70%1130–136024–31
Kalamazoo CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Kalamazoo College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.333479.96%1160–137024–30
Northern Arizona UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Northern Arizona University offers a test optional policy, which allows first-year applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, scores required to receive merit-based scholarships.4485579.99%1060–126019–25
Indiana University—BloomingtonTest Optional (Permanent)Indiana University—Bloomington offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students and students who attend schools with nontraditional grading systems are not eligible for test optional admission.4600080.00%1200–140027–32
University of AlabamaTest Optional (Temporary)Bama has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2025 term.5407280.06%1090–137022–31
Willamette UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Willamette University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.399580.60%1240–142027–33
Goucher CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Goucher College offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.292880.74%1140–132026–33
University of Texas—ArlingtonTest Optional (Permanent)UTA is test score optional for admission. However, test scores can help in determining admissions decisions, scholarship opportunities, and Texas Success Initiative (TSI) exemptions.2196380.80%1000–124018–26
Hanover CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Hanover College offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.284881.00%1070–122023–29
University of New MexicoTest Optional (Permanent)UNM offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without test scores. However, home-schooled and non-traditional students are not eligible for TO admission. Scores are also necessary for some scholarships.1367681.27%20–26
Ripon CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Ripon College offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.214281.33%990–117019–27
University of North TexasTest Optional* (Permanent)University of North Texas requires either the SAT or ACT. However, they will waive this requirement for students with a 3.0+ GPA. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.2485481.44%1020–123019–26
St. Mary's College (IN)Test Optional (Permanent)Saint Mary's College has a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students and international students are not eligible for test optional admission.241181.50%1065–125022–28
West Virginia UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)WVU has a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores.1863981.61%1050–124021–27
University of Alaska, AnchorageTest Optional (Permanent)University of Alaska, Anchorage offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.435281.87%1020–122017–24
Point Loma Nazarene UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)PLNU does not require an SAT or ACT score for admission. Some merit aid at PLNU does still require a test score to be awarded.314981.93%1170–137023–30
Westmont CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Westmont College offers a test otional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.232681.99%1220–142030–33
Butler UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Butler University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, applicants who major in Pre-Pharmacy, Health Sciences, and Healthcare and Business programs, students who attend secondary schools that do not provide letter grades, homeschooled students, and transfer applicants who have completed fewer than 20 college credits are not eligible for test optional admission.1338682.06%1130–132024–30
Quinnipiac UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Quinnipiac University offers a test optional policy, which allows most students applying to the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Communications and School of Engineering to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. Homeschooled students and students playing a Division I sport must provide test scores.1978782.43%1080–125022–27
Oregon State UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Oregon State University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.2565182.53%1130–138022–30
Simmons UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Simmons University offers a test optional policy.290582.55%1080–125024–29
University of Puget SoundTest Optional (Permanent)Puget Sound offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, students who attend secondary schools that do not provide letter grades and homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.534582.66%1190–137027–32
Ursinus CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Ursinus College has a test-optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without submitting SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled applicants and applicants with narrative-style transcripts are not eligible for test optional admission.381882.71%1200–135027–32
University of AkronTest Optional (Permanent)The University of Akron offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scors.1228282.87%970–122018–25
Washington State UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)WSU offers a test free policy, which means they do not consider SAT/ACT scores as part of the admissions process.1940183.10%
Boise StateTest Free (Permanent)Boise State offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT/ACT scores. However, homeschooled students and students who attend non-accredited high schools are required to submit test scores.1564883.13%
University of St. Thomas (MN)Test Optional (Permanent)The University of St. Thomas offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.671883.16%1160–135024–29
Eastern Michigan UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Eastern Michigan University has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2024.1991983.23%930–117018–25
Samford UniversityTest Optional (Temporary)Samford University has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2024 term.433783.26%1090–127023–29
University of North DakotaTest Optional (Permanent)University of North Dakota offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without SAT or ACT scores.659783.28%1100–128020–26
Loyola University MarylandTest Optional (Permanent)Loyola University Maryland offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.964383.48%1190–135026–33
Xavier UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Xavier University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without test scores. However, homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.1519984.02%1100–129022–28
San Francisco State UniversityTest Free (Permanent)The Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.3143084.09%940–113016–23
San Jose State UniversityTest Free (Permanent)The Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.3044284.37%1030–131020–31
Western Michigan UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)WMU offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT/ACT scores.2050184.55%1000–122019–27
St. John's University (NY)Test Optional (Permanent)St. John's University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students, some international students, students applying for several specific majors, and prospective student athletes are not eligible for test optional admission.2460784.67%1110–131024–29
University of Texas—DallasTest Optional (Permanent)UTD offers a test optional policy.2150084.74%1180–141024–32
St. Michael's CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)St. Michael's College has a test-optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled applicants are not eligible for test optional admission.262985.05%1160–132026–30
Seattle UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Seattle University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled applicants are not elligible for test optional admission.793485.15%1160–136024–30
University of Nevada—Las VegasTest Optional* (Permanent)UNLV requires either the SAT or ACT, however, they will waive the requirement for students with a 3.0+ GPA. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.1328585.25%1010–122018–24
Christopher Newport UniversityTest Optional* (Permanent)Christopher Newport University requires either the SAT or ACT, however they will waive this requirement for students with a 3.5+ GPA or who rank in the top 10% of their class. For students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle, there is no minimum GPA for test optional admission.742885.35%1120–128022–29
Missouri University of Science & TechnologyTest Optional (Temporary)Missouri S&T has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2025 term.553385.40%1330–142026–32
The Catholic University of AmericaTest Free (Permanent)The Catholic University of America has adopted a test free policy, which means they will not consider SAT or ACT scores for admission.580185.59%1110–134022–29
University of Mary WashingtonTest Optional (Permanent)The University of Mary Washington offers a test optional policy, which allows students to petition to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, students applying for the Pre-Nursing Program or merit based scholarships and homeschooled students are not eligible for test choice.470985.79%1170–133025–30
University of IowaTest Optional (Permanent)University of Iowa is test optional, which means eligible students can apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.2572986.00%1140–134022–28
University of CincinnatiTest Optional (Temporary)The University of Cincinnati has extended its temporary test optional policy through Fall 2024. However, standardized test scores are still required for admission into some programs.2902486.21%1170–135024–29
Illinois StateTest Optional (Permanent)Illinois State offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without standardized test scores.1959686.24%1020–120021–27
Michigan Technological UniversityTest Optional* (Temporary)Michigan Technological University has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2024 semester. However, homeschooled students and students with a GPA below 3.0 may be asked to submit test scores.856986.29%1140–133024–30
University of OregonTest Optional (Permanent)The University of Oregon offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, applicants from nonaccredited schools and homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.3715486.29%1140–137024–30
Pacific Lutheran UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Pacific Lutheran University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, applicants from schools with written evaluations rather than grades and homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission. Applicants to the nursing program, students interested in teaching, and international applicants strongly encouraged to submit scores.330686.30%1110–129023–29
Missouri State UniversityTest Optional* (Permanent)Missouri State University requires either the SAT or ACT, however, it will waive the requirement for students with a 3.25+ GPA. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.959186.57%1060–120021–27
University of ArizonaTest Optional (Permanent)University of Arizona offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, applicants to the UA Honors College, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Nursing, the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, and College of Engineering and homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.5210386.74%1140–136021–29
University of Texas, San AntonioTest Optional (Permanent)University of Texas, San Antonio offers a test optional policy, which allows studenrs to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.2329586.90%1010–121019–26
California State University—Los AngelesTest Free (Permanent)The Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.3394186.94%
University of New HampshireTest Optional (Permanent)The University of New Hampshire offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, all Division 1 athletic recruits are required to submit standardized test scores.2101686.99%1130–131026–31
California Lutheran UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)California Lutheran University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission, and test scores are required to qualify for some merit scholarships.515087.18%1150–132026–30
Marquette UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Marquette University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores, to both domestic and international applicants.1588387.21%1180–135026–31
College of St. BenedictTest Optional (Permanent)The College of Saint Benedict offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students, students who attend schools with nontraditional grading systems, and applicants to the Nursing Early Admission Program are not eligible for test optional admission.168987.80%21–31
University of KansasTest Optional* (Permanent)The University of Kansas requires either the SAT or the ACT. However, they will waive the requirement for students with a 3.4+ GPA. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.1620487.84%1090–132021–28
Whittier CollegeTest Optional* (Permanent)Whittier College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without test scores. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may be asked to submit standardized test scores.274087.88%1190–140024–31
Michigan State UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Michigan State offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.5334187.95%1110–132024–30
Kent StateTest Optional (Permanent)Kent State requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.2036988.02%990–121018–25
Susquehanna UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Susquehanna University offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.468888.03%1090–125022–28
University of Washington—BothellTest Optional (Permanent)The University of Washington—Bothell offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT/ACT scores.453788.08%1150–136025–32
Washington and Jefferson CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Washington and Jefferson College has a test-optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores.341488.08%1020–125019–18
Ohio UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Ohio University has a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores.2173388.55%1070–129022–27
Texas State UniversityTest Optional* (Permanent)Texas State offers a test optional policy for students in the top 75% of their graduating class. All students ranked in the fourth quartile of their class must submit scores that meet assured admission standards for admission.2845388.60%990–117019–26
Miami University—OxfordTest Optional (Temporary)Miami Ohio has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admission cycle.2999088.60%1180–135024–30
Wheaton College (IL)Test Optional* (Permanent)Wheaton offers a test optional policy. However, students applying from non-accredited schools are required to submit scores.187288.68%1260–142028–33
Georgia Southern UniversityTest Optional* (Temporary)The University System of Georgia requires SAT or ACT test scores. However, students applying to Georgia Southern with a 3.2+ GPA may be considered without scores.1468088.89%990–114018–23
University of UtahTest Optional (Permanent)The University of Utah offers a test optional admission policy, which allows students to apply without SAT or ACT scores.2107289.13%1200–138022–29
University of California—MercedTest Free (Permanent)The UC system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT/ACT scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships.2889589.50%1030–135020–31
Arizona State UniversityTest Optional* (Permanent)ASU requires either the SAT or ACT, however, it will waive this requirement for students with a 3.0+ GPA or who rank in the top 25% of their class. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.6878989.75%
Humboldt State University Test Free (Permanent)The Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.923689.89%1040–127021–24
George Mason UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)George Mason University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, students who major in computer science and engineering majors, home-schooled applicants, and students seeking to become a member of one of George Mason's NCAA intercollegiate athletics teams are not eligible for test optional admission. The Volgenau School of Engineering entering classes of 2020 and 2021 are exempt from the 550 SAT Math/24 ACT Math requirement.2000190.00%1160–134025–31
California State University—NorthridgeTest Free (Permanent)The Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.2627690.15%
Iowa State UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Iowa State is test optional, which means eligible students can apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.2191990.22%1100–135021–28
California State University—San BernardinoTest Free (Permanent)The Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.1558190.62%860–107018–23
Transylvania UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Transylvania University has a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores. However, test optional applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the Transylvania campus for an in-depth interview.178190.68%1120–136023–29
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Virginia Commonwealth University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without SAT or ACT scores. However, submission of test scores remains a requirement for all Guaranteed Admission Programs in the Honors College. All first-year applicants will be considered for scholarships as long as other scholarship consideration requirements are met. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.1840290.73%1040–129022–30
Colorado State UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Colorado State University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.3312290.77%1080–128023–29
Utah StateTest Optional (Permanent)USU offers a test optional policy. While SAT or ACT scores are not required for application, they are recommended for scholarship consideration.1527690.95%1050–131021–28
Montclair StateTest Optional (Permanent)Montclair State offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.2139391.31%970–1200
California State University—ChicoTest Free (Permanent)The Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.2213791.81%930–120020–28
Duquesne UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Duquesne offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.963491.93%1160–129024–29
University of North Carolina—GreensboroTest Optional (Temporary)The UNC System has reinstated their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2024.1151591.94%1110–128022–27
California State University—SacramentoTest Free (Permanent)The Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.2544392.25%
University of ToledoTest Optional (Permanent)University of Toledo offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students and students whose high schools do not provide grades are not eligible for test optional admission.1256492.26%1060–128021–28
California State University—Monterey BayTest Free (Permanent)The Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.1258292.28%1020–126020–28
Goshen CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Goshen offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT/AC scores.99192.33%1010–122026–30
Hope CollegeTest Optional (Permanent)Hope College offers a test optional policy.417292.38%1120–133025–32
East CarolinaTest Optional (Temporary)The UNC System has reinstated their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2024.2138392.40%1070–123018–24
University of PortlandTest Optional (Temporary)University of Portland has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2025.1012292.51%1220–141027–31
University of Texas, Rio Grande ValleyTest Optional (Temporary)UTRGV has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admission cycle.1097092.57%930–112016–21
Portland StateTest Optional* (Permanent)Portland State offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, students who attended homeschool, or a non-accredited, non-standard high school are required to submit test scores.792693.09%1080–129018–27
University of the PacificTest Optional (Permanent)University of the Pacific offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.589193.23%1130–142025–33
Stetson UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Stetson University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.734493.80%1060–126020–27
University of KentuckyTest Optional (Temporary)UK has extended their temporary test optional policy to students entering in the 2028–29 academic year.2169594.01%1080–131022–29
Valparaiso UniversityTest Optional (Permanent)Valparaiso offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scors.684294.15%
University of MaineTest Optional (Permanent)University of Maine offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1444794.16%1080–132024–30
Kansas State UniversityTest Optional* (Permanent)Kansas State requires either the SAT or ACT. However, they will waive the requirement for students with a 3.25+ GPA. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.970395.14%1130–130020–27
Old Dominion UniversityTest Optional* (Permanent)ODU offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, not all applicants may be eligible for test optional admission. Please check with the university.1443595.14%1100–124022–27
University of Wisconsin—MilwaukeeTest Optional (Temporary)The University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee has extended its temporary test optional policy to the spring 2027 term.1535595.20%
University of MontanaTest Optional (Permanent)University of Montana offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT/ACT scores.894395.38%1100–128019–26
University of WyomingTest Optional* (Temporary)Test scores are not currently required for undergraduate admission decisions to the University of Wyoming. Though not required, scores are recommended for financial assistance. Students who have earned their GED and are under 21 years old must submit SAT or ACT scores.579795.98%1030–123020–27
Western KentuckyTest Optional* (Permanent)WKU requires either the SAT or ACT. However, it will waive this requirement for students who have a 2.5+ GPA.750596.95%990–116018–25
University of MississippiTest Optional* (Temporary)Ole Miss has extended their temporary test optional policy for students with a 2.0+ GPA. Although they are not requiring a standardized test score for admission for the 2024–25 academic year, ACT/SAT scores are still very important for scholarships, some aid programs and for academic placement.2231197.38%
The CitadelTest Optional (Permanent)The Citadel is a test optional institution.225398.58%1100–125023–27
University of South DakotaTest Optional* (Permanent)University of South Dakota requires either the SAT or ACT. However, they will waive this requirement for students who have a 2.6+ GPA, rank in the top 50% of their class, or achieve a 3 or higher on the English Language Arts and Mathematics Smarter Balanced Assessments. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.448099.46%1050–126019–25
University of Texas—El PasoTest Optional* (Permanent)UTEP requires either the SAT or ACT. However, it will waive this requirement for students who rank in the top 10% of their class.1049399.92%870–99016–22
Weber StateTest Optional (Permanent)Weber State University offers a test optional policy, which allows first-year applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, scores are recommended to help determine scholarship eligibility and Math & English placement.7357100.00%18–25

About 95% of schools have reported for the classes entering in fall 2022 or 2021, which were the first admission cycles with widespread temporary test optional policies in response to students’ inability to test during the early months of the pandemic. This is evident in the absence of score data at some schools. Scores for enrolled students entering in the fall of 2023 should become generally available by late spring or summer of 2024.

Art Sawyer

Art graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where he was the top-ranked liberal arts student in his class. Art pioneered the one-on-one approach to test prep in California in 1989 and co-founded Compass Education Group in 2004 in order to bring the best ideas and tutors into students' homes and computers. Although he has attained perfect scores on all flavors of the SAT and ACT, he is routinely beaten in backgammon.

169 Comments

  • Willy says:

    Hi Mr. Sawyer

    Thank you for this site! Great resource! I would be grateful if you can share your thoughts on my question below –

    I am a junior and took the paper SAT for the first time in August 2023. Scored 1550(750E, 800M). I took the digital PSAT in October. Scored 1510(750E, 760M). I have very strong academics (high course rigor, high GPA, etc.) and also very strong extracurriculars related to my major (nationally ranked). I want to study computer science and the SAT 25-75% range for my top choice schools are 1500-1580. I prefer the digital SAT to the paper option as it plays to my strenghts. I scored (1550, 1600, 1560, 1570) in the 4 practice digital SATs.

    Do I keep my 1550 paper SAT score or should I try the digital SAT in March/May/June/August 2024 to target 1570/1580?

    Thank you!

    • Art Sawyer says:

      Willy,
      You’ll get different answers from different folks on this one. I would say to go for it (unless you mean in March + May + June + Aug). If you were talking about needing to do massive amounts of prep, I’d dissuade you. But it sounds like you’ve already done the prep. You got a perfect score on Math SAT and PSAT, you’ve done great on RW, and you’ve been doing practice tests. As long as you can superscore, you know that the Math is taken care of. I’d pick a date that works for you and take the digital SAT. Good luck!

      • Willy says:

        LOL no, I did not mean 4 more times, just 1 more 🙂 . Thank you so much! Yes – will give it one more try so I don’t regret later. Will not spend too much time on it, just review/refresh/practice for 2-3 weeks before the test. Thanks again!

  • Disputatious Dad says:

    Hi Mr. Sawyer,
    Now that Dartmouth has made SATs/ACTs mandatory, what do you think the other 7 Ivies and other prestigious universities will do? I doubt Harvard will make tests mandatory as that would open themselves up to more lawsuits since standardized test scores are more objective than ECs and HS GPAs. Also, there is a lot of buzz in the higher-ed world that standardized test scores are a better predictor of college success than HS GPAs even though past studies stated the opposite. It would be great to hear your thoughts on these matters. Thanks for all the hard work you and the other people at COMPASS provide!

  • Chaars says:

    Where can I find digital SAT practics tests?

  • Joseph says:

    Hi Mr. Sawyer,

    Thank you for your great insights on the SAT and ACT scores. I really like the summary.
    I am currently a HS Junior and have started to keep a log of the colleges that I am interested in. I would like to add this critical piece of information into my log. Will you be able to send me the summary in an Excel format? Or is there a place where I can download it? This would really be helpful!

    Again, thank you so much for all the great information, Mr. Sawyer.

    Sincerely,
    Joseph

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