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

A Note for the Class of 2022:

In light of ongoing test site cancelations in 2021 in some regions of the country, Compass expects most colleges to extend their class of 2021 policies to the class of 2022. In almost all cases, colleges were Test Optional or Test Free for fall 2020 applicants. Florida state universities were the notable exceptions. As official announcements are made, we will update this page. Except in the case of Test Free campuses, students can choose to include test scores as part of their applications.

Compass has compiled 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. You can use these new ranges to better understand the typical test scores of enrolled students. These scores should not be viewed as cutoffs or qualifying scores.

Additionally the table includes application data, an explanation of relevant test optional (TO) policies – e.g. temporary suspension of the testing requirement, permanently TO, or Test Free (TF) – and whether or not merit-based aid is offered based on exam scores. For students entering Division I or Division II college in 2021, the NCAA has made the SAT and ACT optional for initial eligibility requirements.

Students who choose not to submit test scores when applying to colleges will be evaluated holistically. In the absence of a test score, admissions officers may bring an even greater focus to the student’s academic achievements. Students especially should strive to do very well in school and maintain the strongest possible GPA in classes that challenge them appropriately. Compass offers academic tutoring in over 50 subjects to help students maximize their scholastic potential. We have a strong team of subject specific expert tutors to guide the program from start to finish. We also offer a Study Skills and Organizational Coaching program to provide students with the tools they need to excel in the classroom.

This list is intended as a broad snapshot of the competitive landscape of college admission. Students taking a holistic approach to their college search will undoubtedly consider many other wonderful colleges not included in this list.

For more information about college admission testing, please visit compassprep.com/guide.

Schools marked with an asterisk (*) are only Test Optional for some students. Please read these schools’ policies carefully to determine if you qualify for admission without test scores.

The University of California system (marked with †) has varying Test Optional and Test Free policies across its nine campuses. For some campuses, these policies may change in the coming years. Please check with each individual school to verify the testing policy you will be applying under.

SchoolTO?Applies to Class Year(s)Policy DetailsNumber of ApplicantsAccept RateSAT Total 25th-75th PercentileACT Total 25th-75th Percentile
United States Air Force AcademyNo USAFA requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.1035411.1%1230-144028-33
United States Coast Guard AcademyNoUSCGA requires either the SAT or ACT, completed without accommodations. However, candidates that have submitted all other required application items, but have not been able to complete an SAT or ACT exam by February 15, will be reviewed after Regular Admission. It does not require the optional SAT essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.193020.3%1212-140025-30
United States Merchant Maritime AcademyNoUSMMA requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional SAT essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.169324.8%1200-134025-31
Florida State UniversityNoFlorida State University requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.5893636.0%1200-134026-30
University of FloridaNoThe University of Florida requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.3806936.6%1320-145028-33
University of Central FloridaNoUniversity of Central Florida requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.3524038.2%1160-134025-29
University of South FloridaNoUniversity of South Florida requries either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not considered.3698647.7%1170-133025-29
Florida InternationalNoFlorida International University requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. It does not consider SAT Subject Test scores.1849257.5%1240-130023-28
Florida Institute of TechnologyNoFlorida Institute of Technology requires either the SAT or ACT. It generally does not require the optional SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test, but it may be required for some applicants. Subject Tests are not required, however, the Math II, Chemistry, Physics and Literature Subject Tests are recommended for homeschooled applicants.974365.7%1150-136024-30
New College of FloridaNoThe New College of Florida requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.122673.1%1170-133525-31
Thomas Aquinas CollegeNoThomas Aquinas College requires requires that applicants take the SAT, the ACT, or the Classic Learning Test. It does not require the optional SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required. Thomas Aquinas College does not offer merit-based aid.20478.9%1150-139026-31
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyYes2021MIT has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle. MIT will not consider SAT Subject Test scores. MIT does not offer merit-based aid.217066.7%​​ 1500-157034-36
United States Naval AcademyYes2021USNA has adopted a one year test flexible policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Students seeking consideration for admission without college entrance examinations, will be asked to provide supporting information concerning test availability, cancellation, etc. 163328.3%1240-152027-32
United States Military AcademyYes2021West Point has adopted a one-year test-flexible policy, which allows students who are unable to submit SAT or ACT scores to apply without them. However, these students are required to submit PSAT scores and must also provide information supporting inability to test.1167510.3%1160-138025-30
Georgetown UniversityYes2021Georgetown has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Georgetown does not offer merit-based aid.2276414.4%1370-153031-35
Georgia Institute of TechnologyYes2021The University System of Georgia has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first year applicants, both domestic and international, applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.3685620.6%1300-151029-34
University of North Carolina—​Chapel HillYes2021The UNC System has adopted a one-year test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle.4246622.6%1300-149027-33
University of Michigan—​Ann ArborYes2021The University of Michigan has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying the 2020-21 admission cycle.6497222.9%1340-153031-34
University of MiamiYes2021University of Miami has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle.3891927.1%1280-142029-32
Lafayette CollegeYes 2021Lafayette College has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.852131.5%1250-144028-33
Lehigh UniversityYes2021Lehigh has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1564932.1%1280-145029-33
Kenyon CollegeYes2021Kenyon has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.666234.1%1270-146029-33
CUNY--HunterYes (TF)2021The CUNY system has adopted a one-year Test Free policy for students applying to the Spring 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022 semesters.3375035.2%1150-1350--
Hillsdale CollegeYes2021Hillsdale College has adopted a one year test-optional policy for students applying to enter in Spring and Fall 2021.220836.0%1275-146529-32
Howard UniversityYes2021Howard University has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admissions cycle.2100636.1%1150-126022-27
Dickinson CollegeYes (TF)2021Dickinson has adopted a one-year test free admissions policy for students applying in the 2020-21 cycle. After this year, they will decide whether to continue with test free admissions or revert to their test optional policy.642640.1%1240-141028-32
Soka University of AmericaYes2021Soka University has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying for the Fall 2021 semester.50240.2%1240-143026-32
Binghamton University—​SUNYYes2021Binghamton University (SUNY) has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.3751640.5%1280-144029-32
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteYes2021Rensselaer has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year and transfer applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.2040243.0%1330-150029-33
CUNY--Baruch CollegeYes (TF)2021The CUNY system has adopted a one-year Test Free policy for students applying to the Spring 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022 semesters.2030343.4%1130-1330--
Spelman CollegeYes2021Spelman has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.910643.4%1080-123022-26
Stony Brook University—​SUNYYes2021Stony Brook University (SUNY) has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.3707944.1%1230-144026-32
North Carolina State University—​RaleighYes2021NC State has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying to the Spring and Fall 2021 semesters.3099544.9%1250-139027-31
University of GeorgiaYes2021The University System of Georgia has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first year applicants, both domestic and international, applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.2906545.6%1240-140027-32
University of San DiegoYes (TF)2021University of San Diego has adopted a one-year test free admissions policy, which means they will not consider a student's SAT/ACT scores for admission.1375548.7%1200-135026-31
Pratt InstituteYes2021The Pratt Institute has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying for the Fall 2021 semester.709048.7%1190-141025-30
Clemson UniversityYes2021Clemson has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.2907051.3%1230-140027-32
Colorado School of MinesYes2021Colorado School of Mines has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1175653.1%1260-146027-33
University at Albany—​SUNYYes2021The University at Albany-SUNY has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.2752954.3%1090-125022-28
Georgia SouthernYes2021The University System of Georgia has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first year applicants, both domestic and international, applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1385854.5%1050-120020-25
Yeshiva UniversityYes2021Yeshiva has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.166055.4%1160-140024-30
Texas Lutheran UniversityYes2021Texas Lutheran University has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for domestic first-year applicants, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.300055.7%990-116020-24
Georgia StateYes2021The University System of Georgia has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first year applicants, both domestic and international, applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.2094957.4%970-115020-26
Hampden-​Sydney CollegeYes2021Hampden-Sydney College has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.305657.4%1060-132020-27
Morehouse CollegeYes2021Morehouse has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.355457.9%1010-121020-25
University of Hawaii at ManoaYes2021University of Hawaii has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1624458.4%1070-127021-26
Virginia Military InstituteYes2021The Virginia Military Institute has adopted a one-year test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle.151559.5%1090-127021-28
Purdue University—​West LafayetteYes2021Purdue University has adopted a one-year Test Flexible policy, which means that while they prefer students submit SAT or ACT scores, applications will still be evaluated without them for students who couldn't test. This policy applies to the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 terms.5491259.8%1190-144025-32
Illinois Institute of TechnologyYes2021Illinois Institute of Technology has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying to the Spring and Fall 2021 semesters.504960.2%1190-140026-32
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityYes2021Illinois Wesleyan has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Test optional applicants must have an interview with their admissions counselor and submit an essay.371960.8%1120-132024-29
University at Buffalo—​SUNYYes2021University at Buffalo-SUNY has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.2990061.1%1160-134024-29
Gallaudet UniversityYes2021Gallaudet University requires either the SAT or ACT. However, they are also offering applicants in the 2020-21 cycle two online assessments (the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) and the Questar Mathematics Test) that may be taken in lieu of the ACT or SAT. It does not require the optional SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.47761.2%785-98514-19
SUNY College of Environmental Science and ForestryYes2021SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.201861.4%1120-131023-29
Abilene Christian UniversityYes2021Abilene Christian University has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1137961.5%1015-123021-28
Milwaukee School of EngineeringYes2021MSOE has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.355261.7%--25-30
Luther CollegeYes2021Luther College has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for Fall 2021 applicants.410862.3%1040-127022-28
Westmont CollegeYes2021Westmont College has adopted a one-year test optional policy for student applying to the Spring and Fall 2021 semesters.293762.4%1110-137023-30
Truman State UniversityYes2021Truman State University has adopted a one-year Test Flexible policy, which means that while they prefer students submit SAT or ACT scores, applications will still be evaluated without them for students who couldn't test. Students applying without test scores must submit an essay and may be asked to provide additional information. Test scores are required to be eligible for some scholarships or programs.459562.6%1150-135024-31
Wabash CollegeYes2021Wabash has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. 130764.2%1120-132023-29
Goshen CollegeYes2021Goshen has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying to enroll in Fall 2021.127864.7%1010-121021-29
University of North Carolina—​CharlotteYes2021The UNC System has adopted a one-year test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle.2186765.0%1120-129022-26
University of North Carolina—​WilmingtonYes2021The UNC System has adopted a one-year test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1328765.5%1170-132022-27
Mississippi State UniversityYes2021Mississippi State has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1826966.3%1070-128022-30
Brigham Young University—​ProvoYes2021BYU has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1050067.5%1210-142026-31
Elmhurst CollegeYes2021Elmhurst has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Students who choose to apply TO will be required to submit an essay.417567.8%990-121020-26
University of DelawareYes2021University of Delaware has adopted a one-year test optional policy for all students applying to the Spring and Fall 2021 terms.2650068.3%1170-136024-30
University of South CarolinaYes2021The University of South Carolina has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying for 2021 admission.3126868.6%1180-137025-31
Albion CollegeYes2021Albion College has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.404368.8%990-120021-27
Millsaps CollegeYes2021Millsaps College has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.522368.8%1080-129021-26
Central MichiganYes2021Central Michigan University has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students entering in 2021. However, homeschooled students or students whose high schools do not provide grades are not eligible for TO admission.1641169.5%990-120020-26
Oklahoma State UniversityYes2021Oklahoma State University has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Students applying without test scores must submit essays and other supplemental documents. Test scores are required for most university scholarships.1527770.0%1040-126521-28
Biola UniversityYes2021Biola University has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle.414970.5%1080-131021-28
Randolph-​Macon CollegeYes2021Randolph-Macon College has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying to the Fall 2021 semester. However, students applying to direct entry Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must submit scores.246070.9%1050-124021-27
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyYes2021The New Jersey Institute of Technology has adopted a one-year test optional policy for applicants applying in the 2020-21 admissions cycle.820172.87%1200-137024-31
University of AkronYes2021The University of Akron has adopted a test optional policy for first year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1455373.0%990-123019-25
Simmons UniversityYes2021Simmons University State has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year and transfer applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.293373.1%1110-129023-29
Point Loma Nazarene UniversityYes2021PLNU has adopted a one-year test optional policy for Fall 2021 applicants.327773.7%1140-131024-29
University of North TexasYes*2021University 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 SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.2154073.7%1060-125020-26
Eastern MichiganYes*2021Eastern Michigan University has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students with a 2.5+ GPA applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1432374.1%970-119019-25
Michigan Technological UniversityYes2021Michigan Technological University has adopted a one-year test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. However, homeschooled students and students applying for merit scholarships must submit test scores.597874.3%1170-137025-30
Louisiana State University—​Baton RougeYes2021LSU has adopted a one year test optional policy for students applying to the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 semesters.2450174.6%1080-131023-29
Clarkson UniversityYes2021Clarkson University has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.667374.6%1160-135023-30
The CitadelYes2021The Citadel has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle. However, students educated in a non-traditional setting and those seeking to participate in sports (unless waived by the NCAA) are required to submit scores.274274.7%1050-123020-25
Kennesaw State UniversityYes2021The University System of Georgia has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first year applicants, both domestic and international, applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1569175.2%1050-122020-26
John Brown UniversityYes2021John Brown University has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students entering in Fall 2021.117675.8%1060-126023-29
University of North GeorgiaYes2021The University System of Georgia has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first year applicants, both domestic and international, applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.622476.0%1080-122023-27
Appalachian State UniversityYes2021Appalachian State has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1666476.8%1100-127022-28
University of Arkansas—​FayettevilleYes*2021The University of Arkansas requires either the SAT or the ACT. Fall 2021 applicants may apply test-optional with a 3.2+ GPA. It does not require the optional SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.1791377.1%1120-130023-30
University of IdahoYes2021University of Idaho has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.807177.8%1010-124020-27
University of Colorado—​BoulderYes2021University of Colorado--Boulder has adopted a one-year test optional policy for first-year students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.4074078.4%1140-135025-31
University of Texas—​DallasYes2021University of Texas-Dallas has adopted a test optional policy for students applying for the Summer and Fall 2021 terms.1432778.6%1240-146026-33
East CarolinaYes2021ECU has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying to the Spring and Fall 2021 semesters.1923478.7%1030-119019-24
University of TennesseeYes2021The University of Tennessee has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle. However, home-schooled students, students attending a school not using alpha or numerical grades, and student-athletes are not eligible for TO admission.2176478.8%1150-133024-30
Auburn UniversityYes2021Auburn University has adopted a one-year test optional policy, however, students who choose not to submit ACT/SAT scores must submit a graded writing assignment, an expanded resume, or an AP/IB score report.2020580.7%1150-132025-31
University of MissouriYes2021Mizzou has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying to the Fall 2021 term.2001580.7%1120-134023-29
Boise StateYes (TF)2021Boise State has adopted a one-year test free policy for students applying to the Spring and Fall 2021 semesters. However, test scores are required for scholarship eligibility. 1078880.8%960-118021-26
University of North DakotaYes2021University of North Dakota has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, entering through Fall 2022.496481.1%1010-125020-26
Texas State UniversityYes2021Texas State University has adopted a one-year "holistic review" policy for applicants whose test dates have been affected by COVID-19 cancellations.2358381.1%1010-118019.3-25.3
Colorado State UniversityYes2021Colorado State University has adopted a one-year test optional policy for first-year students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.2831981.4%1070-129023-29
University of MemphisYes2021UM has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1538181.4%1010-123019-26
University of North Carolina—​GreensboroYes2021The UNC System has adopted a one-year test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle.997282.4%1000-116019-24
University of IowaYes2021University of Iowa has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.2592882.6%1130-134022-29
University of AlabamaYes2021Bama has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying to the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 semesters.3850582.7%1080-134023-31
Wheaton College (IL)Yes2021Wheaton has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admissions cycle.188984.8%1220-144026-32
University of South DakotaYes*2021University 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 and are applying in the 2020-21 admissions cycle. It does not require the optional SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.443486.4%990-118019-25
University of MississippiYes*2021Ole Miss has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students with a 2.0+ GPA applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Although they are not requiring a standardized test score for admission for the 2021-2022 academic year, ACT/SAT scores are still very important for scholarships, some aid programs and for academic placement.1625388.1%1020-125021-29
Utah StateYes2021Utah State has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying to enroll in the 2021 terms.1527691.0%1050-131021-28
Samford UniversityYes2021Samford University has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying to the Fall 2021 semester.391292.9%1070-125023-29
University of MontanaYes2021University of Montana has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.491094.0%1055-124520-26
University of Wisconsin, MilwaukeeYes2021The University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle.894694.8%1030-124019-24
University of WyomingYes2021University of Wyoming has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying for admission to the 2021-22 academic year. Test scores are still required for Spring 2021 admission.534896.0%1060-128022-28
Wayne State UniversityYes2021, 2022WSU has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.1571673.1%1010-123021-27
West Virginia UniversityYes2021, 2022WVU has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.1863981.6%1050-124021-27
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityYes2021, 2022Virginia Tech has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.3197470.0%1180-139025-31
Duke UniversityYes2021, 2022Duke has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admissions cycle.357678.9%1450-157033-35
Northeastern UniversityYes2021, 2022Northeastern has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021-22 admission cycle.6226318.1%1390-154032-35
Miami University—​OxfordYes2021, 2022Miami Ohio has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.2892080.4%1210-141026-31
Stanford UniversityYes2021, 2022Stanford extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admissions cycle. 474524.3%1440-157032-35
Harvard College Yes2021, 2022Harvard has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admissions cycle. 433304.6%1460-157033-35
Columbia UniversityYes2021, 2022Columbia has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admissions cycle. 425695.3%1480-156033-35
Princeton University Yes2021, 2022Princeton has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admissions cycle. Princeton does not offer merit-based aid.328045.8%1470-156033-35
Yale UniversityYes2021, 2022Yale has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle. Yale does not offer merit-based aid.368446.1%1460-157033-35
California Institute of TechnologyYes (TF)2021, 2022CalTech has adopted a two-year Test Free policy, meaning it will not consider standardized test scores, beginning with the 2020-21 admissions cycle. It will not consider the optional SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test, or SAT Subject Test scores. CalTech does not offer merit-based aid.83676.4%​​ 1530-156035-36
Brown UniversityYes2021, 2022Brown has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admissions cycle. Brown does not offer merit-based aid.386747.1%​​ 1440-157033-35
University of PennsylvaniaYes2021, 2022UPenn has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admissions cycle. 449617.7%1450-156033-35
Dartmouth CollegeYes2021, 2022Dartmouth has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022–23 admissions cycle. Dartmouth does not offer merit-based aid.236507.9%1440-156032-35
Rice UniversityYes2021, 2022Rice has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021-22 admissions cycle. 270878.7%1470-157033-35
Swarthmore CollegeYes2021, 2022Swarthmore has adopted a two-year, test optional policy for all first-year and transfer applicants, beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. After a two-year period, Swarthmore will re-evaluate whether to continue the test optional policy indefinitely or reinstate a testing requirement for admission.114428.9%1380-154031-35
Northwestern UniversityYes2021, 2022Northwestern has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admissions cycle.405859.1%1440-155033-35
Vanderbilt UniversityYes2021, 2022Vanderbilt has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.373109.1%1460-156033-35
Johns Hopkins UniversityYes2021, 2022Johns Hopkins has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.301649.7%1470-157033-35
Claremont McKenna CollegeYes2021, 2022CMC has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.606610.3%1360-151031-34
Cornell UniversityYes2021, 2022Cornell has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admissions cycle. 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.4911410.9%1400-156032-35
Tulane UniversityYes2021, 2022Tulane has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admissions cycle.4218512.9%1360-152031-33
Harvey Mudd CollegeYes2021, 2022Harvey Mudd has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admissions cycle.404513.7%1490-157033-35
Washington University in St. LouisYes2021, 2022Washington University in St. Louis has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.2542613.9%1470-157032-35
Carnegie Mellon UniversityYes2021, 2022Carnegie Mellon has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.2763415.4%1460-156033-35
Emory UniversityYes2021, 2022Emory has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admissions cycle.3001715.6%1350-152031-34
The Cooper UnionYes2021, 2022Cooper Union has adopted a two-year, test optional policy for first-year and transfer applicants, beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. After a two-year period, Cooper Union will re-evaluate whether to continue the test optional policy indefinitely or reinstate a testing requirement for admission.232615.9%1305-153030-35
New York UniversityYes2021, 2022NYU has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.7946216.2%1370-151030-34
Washington and Lee UniversityYes2021, 2022Washington and Lee has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admissions cycle.617818.6%1460-150032-34
Boston UniversityYes2021, 2022BU has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.6222418.9%1360-148030-34
Carleton CollegeYes2021, 2022Carleton College has extended their temporary test optional to the 2021–22 admission cycle.738219.0%1360-154031-34
Wellesley CollegeYes2021, 2022Wellesley College has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.639521.6%1360-153031-34
Grinnell CollegeYes2021, 2022Grinnell has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.800423.1%1370-153031-34
Boston CollegeYes2021, 2022Boston College has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admissions cycle.3555227.2%1370-149031-34
Villanova UniversityYes2021, 2022Villanova has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.2290928.2%1320-147031-34
University of RichmondYes 2021, 2022University of Richmond has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admissions cycle.1235628.3%1290-146030-33
California State Polytechnic University—​San Luis ObispoYes (TF)2021, 2022The Cal State system has extended their temporary test free policy (meaning they will not consider standardized test scores) to the 2021-22 admission cycle.5407228.4%1250-142026-32
University of Texas—​AustinYes2021, 2022UT Austin has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.5352531.8%1240-147027-33
San Diego State UniversityYes (TF)2021, 2022The Cal State system has extended their temporary test free policy (meaning they will not consider standardized test scores) to the 2021-22 admission cycle.6984234.0%1110-132022-29
University of TulsaYes2021, 2022University of Tulsa has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2022.979335.8%1090-136024-31
Occidental CollegeYes2021, 2022Oxy has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admissions cycle.750136.7%1300-148028-32
California State University--Long BeachYes (TF)2021, 2022The Cal State system has extended their temporary test free policy (meaning they will not consider standardized test scores) to the 2021-22 admission cycle.7129739.3%1040-125020-26
Reed CollegeYes (TF)2021, 2022Reed has adopted a two-year test free admission policy, which means students' SAT and ACT scores will not be considered as part of their application review.581539.5%1325-152030-34
Stevens Institute of TechnologyYes2021, 2022Stevens Institute of Technology has extended their temporary test optional policy, with some exceptions, for Fall 2022.1047540.0%1340-150031-34
Loyola Marymount UniversityYes2021, 2022LMU has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.1859243.8%1230-141027-31
Syracuse UniversityYes2021, 2022Syracuse extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admissions cycle. 3529944.4%1180-138026-30
University of DallasYes2021, 2022University of Dallas has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.467645.3%1150-136024-30
Fordham UniversityYes2021, 2022Fordham University has adopted a two-year, test optional policy for first-year and transfer applicants, beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. After a two-year period, Fordham will re-evaluate whether to continue the test optional policy indefinitely or reinstate a testing requirement for admission.4793046.0%1240-145028-32
Bentley UniversityYes2021, 2022Bentley University has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021-22 admission cycle.901746.7%1230-141027-31
Southern Methodist UniversityYes2021, 2022SMU has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021-22 admission cycle.1395947.3%1300-148029-33
California State University--Los AngelesYes (TF)2021, 2022The Cal State system has extended their temporary test free policy (meaning they will not consider standardized test scores) to the 2021-22 admission cycle.3364147.8%900-107015-20
Santa Clara UniversityYes2021, 2022Santa Clara University has adopted a two-year, test optional policy for first-year and transfer applicants, beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. After a two-year period, Santa Clara will re-evaluate whether to continue the test optional policy indefinitely or reinstate a testing requirement for admission.1630048.8%1280-144028-32
California State University--FullertonYes (TF)2021, 2022The Cal State system has extended their temporary test free policy (meaning they will not consider standardized test scores) to the 2021-22 admission cycle.5010552.7%1030-120019-24
University of Wisconsin—​MadisonYes2021, 2022The University of Wisiconsin--Madison has adopted temporary test optional policy for students applying through Summer 2023.4392153.0%1330-145027-32
Ohio State University—​ColumbusYes2021, 2022OSU has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021-22 admission cycle.4770353.7%1250-146028-32
California State Polytechnic University--PomonaYes (TF)2021, 2022The Cal State system has extended their temporary test free policy (meaning they will not consider standardized test scores) to the 2021-22 admission cycle.3666055.5%1030-125019-27
University of Minnesota—​Twin CitiesYes2021, 2022University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2022.4067356.7%1260-148026-31
Texas A&M University—​College StationYes2021, 2022Texas A&M has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admissions cycle. 4289957.5%1160-139026-31
California State University--FresnoYes (TF)2021, 2022The Cal State system has extended their temporary test free policy (meaning they will not consider standardized test scores) to the 2021-22 admission cycle.1812257.9%950-113016-22
California State University--NorthridgeYes (TF)2021, 2022The Cal State system has extended their temporary test free policy (meaning they will not consider standardized test scores) to the 2021-22 admission cycle.3063759.3%910-113016-22
Lipscomb UniversityYes2021, 2022Lipscomb University has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2022 term.363859.5%1060-132022-29
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—​New BrunswickYes2021, 2022Rutgers has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.4128661.2%1210-143025-32
University of PortlandYes2021, 2022University of Portland has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.1450561.5%1160-133023-29
San Jose State UniversityYes (TF)2021, 2022The Cal State system has extended their temporary test free policy (meaning they will not consider standardized test scores) to the 2021-22 admission cycle.3528763.6%1030-126018-26.5
St. John Fisher CollegeYes2021, 2022St. John Fisher College has adopted a two-year test optional policy beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. They will reevaluate their policy after two years.472064.5%1070-126021-26
San Francisco State UniversityYes (TF)2021, 2022The Cal State system has extended their temporary test free policy (meaning they will not consider standardized test scores) to the 2021-22 admission cycle.3462967.3%940-115017-23
Stonehill CollegeYes (TF)2021, 2022Stonehill College has has extended their temporary test free policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.696167.7%1120-129024-28.5
California State University--San BernardinoYes (TF)2021, 2022The Cal State system has extended their temporary test free policy (meaning they will not consider standardized test scores) to the 2021-22 admission cycle.1630768.6%910-109015-19
Texas Tech UniversityYes2021, 2022Texas Tech has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.2538468.9%1070-126022-27
Hollins UniversityYes2021, 2022Hollins has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.324471.2%1070-130022-30
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—​NewarkYes2021, 2022Rutgers has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.1373271.9%1020-120019-25
University of Rhode IslandYes2021, 2022University of Rhode Island has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.2125972.3%1012-134520-29
California State University--ChicoYes (TF)2021, 2022The Cal State system has extended their temporary test free policy (meaning they will not consider standardized test scores) to the 2021-22 admission cycle.2590872.3%990-118018-24
Adelphi UniversityYes2021, 2022Adelphi University has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admissions cycle. 1300674.2%1080-127022-27
California State University--Monterey BayYes (TF)2021, 2022The Cal State system has extended their temporary test free policy (meaning they will not consider standardized test scores) to the 2021-22 admission cycle.1232775.3%960-117017-23
Towson UniversityYes2021, 2022Towson has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.1267876.3%1060-122020-25
University of Texas, San AntonioYes2021, 2022University of Texas, San Antonio has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.1712276.6%1030-122019-25
University of CincinnatiYes2021, 2022The University of Cincinnati has adopted a two-year test optional policy beginning with the 2020-2021 admission cycle. However, standardized test scores are still required for admission into some programs.2360976.7%1140-133023-29
Missouri University of Science & TechnologyYes2021, 2022Missouri S&T has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.510779.2%1190-143026-32
University of Texas, Rio Grande ValleyYes2021, 2022UTRGV has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.1068079.8%950-113017-22
California State University--SacramentoYes (TF)2021, 2022The Cal State system has extended their temporary test free policy (meaning they will not consider standardized test scores) to the 2021-22 admission cycle.2757682.3%940-114016-22
University of Texas, ArlingtonYes2021, 2022University of Texas, Arlington has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.1265082.9%1040-125020-27
Hope CollegeYes2021, 2022Hope College has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.374885.7%1130-133023-31
Valparaiso UniversityYes2021, 2022Valparaiso has adopted a two-year test optional policy. They will reevaluate their policy after the 2022 admission cycle.549185.8%1070-129022-29
University of MaineYes2021, 2022University of Maine has adopted a two-year, test optional policy for first-year and transfer applicants, beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. After a two-year period, UM will re-evaluate whether to continue the test optional policy indefinitely or reinstate a testing requirement for admission.1311890.2%1050-126021-27
Humboldt State University Yes (TF)2021, 2022The Cal State system has extended their temporary test free policy (meaning they will not consider standardized test scores) to the 2021-22 admission cycle.1633590.9%980-119017-25
Iowa State UniversityYes2021, 2022Iowa State has extended their temporary test optional policy to students enrolling prior to Spring 2023.1824692.1%1100-134022-28
University of Illinois—​ChicagoYes2021, 2022, 2023UIC has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022–23 admission cycle.o2269672.7%1030-126021-28
Amherst CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023Amherst has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022–23 admissions cycle. 1056911.3%1410-155031-34
University of Southern CaliforniaYes2021, 2022, 2023USC has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022–23 admission cycle.6619811.4%1370-152031-34
Barnard CollegeYes 2021, 2022, 2023Barnard College has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022–23 admissions cycle. Barnard College does not offer merit-based aid.932011.8%1340-152031-34
Williams CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023Williams has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022–23 admissions cycle. 971512.6%1410-155032-35
Tufts UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023Tufts has adopted a three-year, test optional policy for first-time, international, and homeschooled students beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. After a three-year pilot period, Tufts will reevaluate whether to continue the test optional policy indefinitely or reinstate a testing requirement for admission. Tufts does not offer merit-based aid.2276615.0%1390-154032-34
Middlebury CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023Middlebury has adopted a three-year, test optional policy for first-year and transfer students, beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. After a three-year pilot period, Middlebury will re-evaluate whether to continue the test optional policy indefinitely or return to its previous test flexible policy. Middlebury does not offer merit-based aid.975415.4%1360-153032-34
University of Notre DameYes2021, 2022, 2023Notre Dame has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022–23 admissions cycle.2220015.8%1400-155032-35
Haverford CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023Haverford has adopted a three-year, test optional policy for all first-year and transfer applicants, beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. After a three-year period, Haverford will re-evaluate whether to continue the test optional policy indefinitely or reinstate a testing requirement for admission. Haverford does not offer merit-based aid.496316.3%1380-154032-34
Hamilton CollegeYes 2021, 2022, 2023Hamilton has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle. Hamilton does not offer merit-based aid.827916.5%1370-152032-34
Davidson CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023Davidson has adopted a three-year, test optional policy for first-time students beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. However, homeschooled students and students who attend non-traditional schools are not eligible for test optional admission. After a three-year pilot period, Davidson will re-evaluate whether to continue the test optional policy indefinitely or reinstate a testing requirement for admission.598218.1%1310-148530-33
Colgate UniversityYes 2021, 2022, 2023Colgate University has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022-23 admissions cycle. 995122.6%1330-150031-34
Vassar CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023Vassar has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022-23 admissions cycle. Vassar College does not offer merit-based aid.896123.7%1370-153031-34
University of VirginiaYes2021, 2022, 2023UVA has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022-23 admissions cycle. 4083923.9%1340-150030-34
Case Western Reserve UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023Case Western has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022–23 admissions cycle.2878627.4%1350-152030-34
Trinity UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023Trinity University has adopted a three-year, test optional policy for first-time, international, and homeschooled students beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. After a three-year pilot period, Trinity will re-evaluate whether to continue the test optional policy indefinitely or reinstate a testing requirement for admission.986428.8%1290-145029-32
Berea CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023Berea College has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–23 admission cycle.196630.32%1090-129823-27
Pepperdine UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023Pepperdine has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022–23 admission cycle.1276431.7%1250-143027-32
Oberlin CollegeYes 2021, 2022, 2023Oberlin College has adopted a three-year, test optional policy for first-time, international, and homeschooled students beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. After a three-year pilot period, Oberlin will re-evaluate whether to continue the test optional policy indefinitely or reinstate a testing requirement for admission.770836.4%1280-148029-33
College of William and MaryYes2021, 2022, 2023William and Mary has adopted a three-year, test optional policy for all applicants, beginning in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1468037.7%1320-151030-34
University of Maryland—​College ParkYes2021, 2022, 2023UMD has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022–23 admission cycle.3298744.1%1280-148029-33
Rhodes CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023Rhodes College has adopted a three-year, test optional policy for all first-year applicants beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. After a three-year pilot period, Rhodes will re-evaluate whether to continue the test optional policy indefinitely or reinstate a testing requirement for admission.520744.7%1220-143027-32
Baylor UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023Baylor has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022–23 admissions cycle. 3458245.3%1200-138026-32
Texas Christian UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023TCU has extended their temporary test optional policy through 2023. 1902847.1%1150-135025-31
Pennsylvania State University—​University ParkYes2021, 2022, 2023Penn State has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022–23 admissions cycle. 7190349.1%1160-137025-30
The College of New JerseyYes2021, 2022, 2023The College of New Jersey has adopted a three-year, test optional policy for all applicants, beginning in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1382449.3%1160-136025-30
University of ConnecticutYes2021, 2022, 2023Unversity of Connecticut has adopted a three-year test optional policy for all students beginning with the 2020-2021 admission cycle. 3509649.4%1190-139026-32
University of PittsburghYes2021, 2022, 2023Pitt has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022–23 admission cycle.3209156.7%1260-144028-33
University of Illinois—​Urbana-​ChampaignYes2021, 2022, 2023University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022–23 admission cycle.4350959.0%1220-148027-33
University of UtahYes2021, 2022, 2023The University of Utah has adopted a test optional policy for students applying through Fall 2023. However, students who have GEDs, who attend a non-accredited high school, or who are applying for direct admission into select programs are not eligible for TO. Test scores are also required for merit scholarships.2440462.1%1142.5-138022-29
University of Massachusetts—​AmherstYes2021, 2022, 2023UMass Amherst has adopted a three-year test optional policy beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. They will reevaluate their policy after the three-year period.4215763.8%1190-139026-32
University of VermontYes2021, 2022, 2023University of Vermont has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022-23 admission cycle.1923367.3%1180-136026-31
Mercer UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023Mercer University has adopted a three-year test optional policy. After Fall 2023, they will reevaluate. 503474.2%1170-134025-30
Drexel UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023Drexel has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022–23 admission cycle.3182474.7%1190-139025-31
Centre CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023Centre College has adopted a three-year, test optional policy for first year students beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. After a three-year pilot period, Centre will re-evaluate whether to continue the test optional policy indefinitely or reinstate a testing requirement for admission.221276.4%1130-138026-32
College of CharlestonYes2021, 2022, 2023The College of Charleston has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2022–23 admissions cycle. 1178378.3%1080-126022-28
Elon UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023Elon has adopted a three-year, test optional policy for all first-year and transfer applicants, beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. After a three-year period, Elon will re-evaluate whether to continue the test optional policy indefinitely or reinstate a testing requirement for admission.1050078.4%1160-132025-30
Pomona CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Pomona College has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admission cycle.104017.4%1390-154032-35
University of California—​Los AngelesYes (TF)†2021, 2022, 2023, 2024†Test free for class of ’21 per legal ruling. Test free for classes 2022-24 by choice. Thereafter will consider whether to reinstate a testing policy.11132212.3%1290-151027-34
University of California—​BerkeleyYes (TF)†2021, 2022, 2023, 2024†Test free for class of ’21 per legal ruling. Test free for classes 2022–24 by choice. Thereafter will consider whether to reinstate a testing policy. For the class of 2021, Cal recommends Subject Tests for Chem and Engineering.8739816.8%1330-152028-34
Babson CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Babson has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admission cycle.636226.4%1270-145027-32
University of California—​IrvineYes (TF)†2021, 2022, 2023, 2024†Test free for class of ’21 per legal ruling. Test free for classes 2022–24 by choice. Thereafter will consider whether to reinstate a testing policy.9556826.5%1180-1440--
University of California—​Santa BarbaraYes (TF)†2021, 2022, 2023, 2024†Test free for class of ’21 per legal ruling. Test free for classes 2022–24 by choice. Thereafter will consider whether to reinstate a testing policy.9345729.6%1260-146025-33
University of California—​San DiegoYes (TF)†2021, 2022, 2023, 2024†Test free for class of ’21 per legal ruling. Prior to ruling, planned to be test optional for classes '21 and '22. Updated policy for class of '22 TBD. Test free for classes 2023-24 by choice. Thereafter will consider whether to reinstate a testing policy.9913332.3%1250-147024-33
University of California—​DavisYes (TF)†2021, 2022, 2023, 2024†Test free for class of ’21 per legal ruling. Test free for classes 2022–24 by choice. Thereafter will consider whether to reinstate a testing policy.7664741.2%1150-141025-31
University of California—​Santa CruzYes (TF)†2021, 2022, 2023, 2024†Test free for class of ’21 per legal ruling. Test free for classes 2022–24 by choice. Thereafter will consider whether to reinstate a testing policy.5590651.5%1200-136024-30
University of California—​RiversideYes (TF)†2021, 2022, 2023, 2024†Test free for class of ’21 per legal ruling. Test free for classes 2022–24 by choice. Thereafter will consider whether to reinstate a testing policy.4978856.7%1130-134024-30
University of California—MercedYes (TF)†2021, 2022, 2023, 2024†Test free for class of ’21 per legal ruling. Test free for classes 2022-24 by choice. Thereafter will consider whether to reinstate a testing policy.2536872.0%980-118017-22
University of KentuckyYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024UK has extended their temporary test optional policy to students entering in the 2024–25 school year.1875995.9%1070-131022-29
Bucknell UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Bucknell 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.984534.2%1255-143028-32
University of OklahomaYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025University of Oklahoma has adopted a five-year test optional policy beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. Test scores are encouraged for scholarship consideration.1567380.4%1130-131023-29
Seton Hall UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026Seton Hall has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2026 term.1975773.8%1150-133024-29
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteYes (TF)2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028, 2029WPI 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.1064549.4%1310-147029-33
University of ChicagoYesAll / Permanent PolicyUChicago offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. 346486.2%​​ 1500-160033-35
Bowdoin CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyBowdoin 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.93328.8%1330-152031-34
Colby CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyColby 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.135849.7%1380-152031-34
Bates CollegeYes All / Permanent PolicyBates 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.822212.1%1270-148029-33
Pitzer CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyPitzer offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, applicants to the joint medical program, homeschooled students, and students who attend secondary schools at which grades are not provided are not eligible for test optional admission.435813.3%1340-149030-33
Colorado CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyColorado 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.945613.5%1300-148029-33
Wesleyan UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyWesleyan 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.1326416.5%1320-151031-34
Rhode Island School of DesignYesAll / Permanent PolicyRhode 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.383225.8%1230-147026-32
Denison UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyDenison offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.881229.4%1200-141027-31
University of RochesterYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe University of Rochester offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.2021629.5%1300-150029-33
Wake Forest UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyWake Forest offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1255929.6%1320-149030-33
Skidmore CollegeYes All / Permanent PolicySkidmore 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.1110230.0%1220-140028-32
Franklin and Marshall CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyFranklin 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.950230.4%1250-146028-32
Brandeis UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyBrandeis 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.1179831.1%1280-150029-33
Scripps CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyScripps offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.302232.0%1333-149030-33
Macalester CollegeYes All / Permanent PolicyMacalester 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.659832.3%1320-151029-33
Smith CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicySmith 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.559732.5%1340-152030-33
Bryn Mawr CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyBryn 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.333233.1%1290-151029-33
Emerson CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyEmerson 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.1535333.3%1200-139027-31
Trinity College (Hartford)YesAll / Permanent PolicyTrinity offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.608033.5%1300-146029-32
College of the Holy CrossYes All / Permanent PolicyThe College of the Holy Cross offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. 720034.2%1260-143028-32
Hampton UniversityYes*All / Permanent PolicyHampton 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 SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.955136.0%1030-116020-25
American UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyAmerican University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. Homeschooled students are highly encouraged to submit 2 SAT Subject test scores.1854536.1%1220-138027-31
Connecticut CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyConnecticut College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. 678437.4%1310-145030-33
Mount Holyoke CollegeYes All / Permanent PolicyMount 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.390838.2%1270-149027-32
George Washington UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyGeorge 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.2696840.9%1280-147029-33
St. Lawrence UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicySt. 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.699842.4%1160-135024-30
Union College (Schenectady, NY)Yes All / Permanent PolicyUnion 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.608642.9%1220-142027-32
Providence CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyProvidence College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1147847.5%1210-135027-31
St. Olaf CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicySt. Olaf College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.569447.5%1190-143026-32
University of San FranciscoYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity of San Francisco offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.2186747.9%1130-133023-29
Gettysburg CollegeYes All / Permanent PolicyGettysburg 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.591648.0%1270-142027-31
University of New MexicoYesAll / Permanent PolicyUNM 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.1228148.6%1040-127019-25
Southwestern UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicySouthwestern 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.476649.0%1140-132023-29
Marist CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyMarist 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.1126049.2%1210-136026-31
Austin CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyAustin College 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. 436051.3%1110-129024-29
Ursinus CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyUrsinus 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.353051.6%1150-135024-30
University of Washington--SeattleYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe University of Washington--Seattle offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.4557951.8%1240-144027-33
Sarah Lawrence CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicySarah Lawrence College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.403553.3%1240-142028-31
Clark UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyClark 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.763952.8%1190-134027-31
Birmingham-​Southern College YesAll / Permanent PolicyBirmingham-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. 338453.8%1110-131022-29
College of WoosterYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe College of Wooster offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.635254.7%1150-138024-31
University of La VerneYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity of La Verne offers a test optional policy, which allows first-year applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.686454.8%1040-119019-24
Lake Forest CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyLake 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.473955.2%1110-131023-29
Chapman UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyChapman 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.1427355.7%1190-137025-30
Whitman CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyWhitman 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.483255.8%1240-145028-33
Augustana CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyAugustana 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.675756.6%1100-130023-29
Fairfield UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyFairfield University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1231557.1%1210-135026-30
New SchoolYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe New School offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.941357.4%1150-138025-30
Rollins CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyRollins 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.616758.3%1160-134024-30
Saint Louis UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicySaint Louis University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT/ACT scores.1557358.5%1170-138025-30
University of DenverYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity 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.2102858.7%1170-135026-31
Wofford CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyWofford 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.378759.8%1190-135026-30
St. John's College AnnapolisYesAll / Permanent PolicySt. 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.90959.8%1200-142026-32
Temple UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyTemple 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.3559960.0%1120-132024-30
Bennington CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyBennington has a test-optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores.134460.8%1250-144029-32
Embry-​Riddle Aeronautical UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyEmbry-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 SAT Subject Tests and/or AP Exams.855160.9%1120-136023-29
Furman UniversityYes All / Permanent PolicyFurman University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.546961.1%1230-141028-32
Cornell CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyCornell 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.311861.8%1100-134523-29
Muhlenberg CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyMuhlenberg College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.414661.8%1170-136026-30
Gonzaga UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyGonzaga University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without test scores.927961.9%1210-135825-30
Beloit CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyBeloit offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.365762.0%1080-138024-30
Lawrence UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyLawrence University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.346362.1%1200-143025-32
Allegheny CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyAllegheny 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.520862.2%1170-136024-30
Coe CollegeYes*All / Permanent PolicyCoe 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 SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.743163.3%1050-125521-27
Earlham CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyEarlham 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.207063.4%1100-137023-30
DePauw UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyDePauw 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.493564.4%1130-136023-30
Drury UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyDrury University offers a test optional policy, which allows domestic students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. 166464.4%1045-122522-28
Bard CollegeYes All / Permanent PolicyBard College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. 491264.8%1234-141327-31
Agnes Scott CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyAgnes 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.175164.8%1130-134024-30
Hanover CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyHanover College offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.312764.8%1030-124021-26
University of HoustonYes*All / Permanent PolicyUniversity 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.2539365.0%1140-131022-27
SUNY—​GeneseoYesAll / Permanent PolicySUNY-Geneseo offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT/ACT scores.1043365.5%1120-131023-28
University of the PacificYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity of the Pacific offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1309665.6%1130-136023-31
Hobart and William Smith CollegesYesAll / Permanent PolicyHobart 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.343965.9%1190-135026-30
Sewanee—​University of the SouthYesAll / Permanent PolicySewanee--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.354566.7%1150-134025-30
Loyola University ChicagoYesAll / Permanent PolicyLoyola 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.2558367.2%1140-132025-30
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyOhio Wesleyan University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.428167.3.0%1080-133022-28
Drake UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyDrake 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.694467.6%1100-137024-31
Taylor UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyTaylor 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.234168.1%1080-131022-28
DePaul UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyDePaul University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. Subject Tests are not required. However, homeschooled students and international students are not eligible for test optional admission.2689568.2%1070-1290--
Knox CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyKnox 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.339768.3%1090-135024-31
Concordia College—​MoorheadYesAll / Permanent PolicyConcordia College offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.339568.3%956-134321-27
Hofstra UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyHofstra 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.2442568.5%1160-134025-30
Drew UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyDrew University offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.378869.2%1110-131025-30
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyGustavus Adolphus College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.495769.2%--25-30
Ripon CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyRipon 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.290069.5%990-122019-25
Hendrix CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyHendrix 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.162870.0%1150-137025-31
Bradley UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyBradley University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. 1070870.2%1070-127022-28
Rochester Institute of TechnologyYesAll / Permanent PolicyRochester 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 scores1949470.4%1220-141027-32
Berry CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyBerry College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without standardized test scores.432870.6%1090-132024-30
Michigan State UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyMichigan State offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.4432271.1%1100-132023-29
Creighton UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyCreighton 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.1011271.4%1150-135024-30
California Lutheran UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyCalifornia 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.575271.5%1070-125021-26
Christopher Newport UniversityYes*All / Permanent PolicyChristopher 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.720471.9%1110-128022-27
University of DaytonYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe University of Dayton offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT/ACT scores.1746272.0%1120-132023-29
Lewis & Clark CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyLewis 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.586372.2%1220-140027-31
St. John's University (NY)YesAll / Permanent PolicySt. 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. 2905972.3%1080-130023-29
Stetson UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyStetson University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1300572.4%1110-130022-29
Quinnipiac UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyQuinnipiac 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.2275372.5%1090-126023-28
Duquesne UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyDuquesne offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.741172.5%1130-130023-28
Ithaca CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyIthaca 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.1419472.7%1170-134026-30
Butler UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyButler 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.1489173.2%1150-133024-30
High Point UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyHigh 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.1129873.8%1090-126022-28
Wheaton College (MA)YesAll / Permanent PolicyWheaton 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.346073.9%1150-134027-32
University of Washington--BothellYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe University of Washington--Bothell offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT/ACT scores.424274.1%1038-125019-28
Baldwin Wallace UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyBaldwin 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.392674.2%1030-125021-27
University of Mary WashingtonYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe 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.593974.7%1090-126023-29
University of RedlandsYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity of Redlands offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.471375.0%1100-125023-28
Loyola University New OrleansYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyStarting 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.585775.0%1050-126022-28
Presbyterian College (SC)YesAll / Permanent PolicyPresbyterian 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.214175.5%1000-123019-26
Washington State UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyWashington State offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT/ACT scores.2143475.8%1020-123020-26
Whittier CollegeYes*All / Permanent PolicyWhittier 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.622075.9%1030-121320-25
Kalamazoo CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyKalamazoo College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.357676.0%1170-137025-31
Montclair StateYesAll / Permanent PolicyMontclair State offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1272876.3%1000-1060--
Xavier UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyXavier 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.1475876.4%1070-128022-28
Mills CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyMills College 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.105776.5%----
Ball StateYesAll / Permanent PolicyBall 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.2330576.7%----
James Madison UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyJames Madison University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.2357876.8%1120-129023-28
Indiana University—​BloomingtonYesAll / Permanent PolicyIndiana 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.4416976.9%1150-136024-31
Willamette UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyWillamette University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores. 397277.9%1140-134031-35
University of Nebraska—​LincolnYes*All / Permanent PolicyThe 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 SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.1682978.2%1120-136022-28
Carroll CollegeYes*All / Permanent PolicyCarroll 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 SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.270978.3%1070-127022-28
Seattle UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicySeattle 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.796878.5%1160-133024-30
Western MichiganYesAll / Permanent PolicyWMU offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT/ACT scores.1769879.9%1000-121019-26
Loyola University MarylandYesAll / Permanent PolicyLoyola 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.1007780.2%1143-132025-30
College of St. BenedictYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe 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.205280.5%1040-125522-28
University of Nevada—​Las VegasYes*All / Permanent PolicyUNLV 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 SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.1272080.7%1030-125019-25
St. Mary's College of CaliforniaYesAll / Permanent PolicySt. 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.606981.0%1070-124022-28
Siena CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicySiena 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.772881.1%1070-128022-28
St. Mary's College (IN)YesAll / Permanent PolicySaint 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.203381.2%1070-124324-28
Goucher CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyGoucher College offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.261081.3%1030-126021-30
University of OregonYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe 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, and must submit two Subject Tests: Math I or II, and a second one.2735881.6%1100-131022-28
Illinois StateYesAll / Permanent PolicyIllinois State offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without standardized test scores.1615181.9%1020-122020-26
Ohio UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyOhio University has a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores. 2417982.1%1050-126021-26
University of Alaska, AnchorageYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity of Alaska, Anchorage offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.367383.0%1020-122017-24
Marquette UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyMarquette 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.1507883.0%1120-132024-29
St. Michael's CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicySt. 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.396783.1%1150-131025-29
University of St. Thomas (MN)YesAll / Permanent PolicyThe University of St. Thomas offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.671883.2%1160-135024-29
Oregon State UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyOregon State University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1578683.6%1080-132021-28
University of Puget SoundYesAll / Permanent PolicyPuget 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. 518283.8%1150-137025-30
University of New HampshireYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe 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.1804084.0%1070-127022-28
St. Mary's College of MarylandYesAll / Permanent PolicySaint 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.162184.3%1060-129021-29
University of ArizonaYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity 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.4085484.6%1120-135021-29
Susquehanna UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicySusquehanna University offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.486384.8%1100-129022-28
Northern ArizonaYesAll / Permanent PolicyNorthern 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.3685585.0%1030-123019-25
Washington and Jefferson CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyWashington and Jefferson College has a test-optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores.272285.2%1090-128022-28
The Catholic University of AmericaYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe Catholic University of America has adopted a test free policy, which means they will not consider SAT or ACT scores for admission.566885.4%1130-133024-29
Kent StateYesAll / Permanent PolicyKent State requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.1630885.5%1040-123020-26
Pacific Lutheran UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyPacific 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.366386.0%1090-128024-29
Arizona State University—​TempeYes*All / Permanent PolicyASU 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 SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.3418886.5%1130-134022-28
George Mason UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyGeorge 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.1955486.7%1110-132024-30
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityYes*All / Permanent PolicyVirginia Commonwealth University requires either the SAT or ACT. However, they will waive the requirement for students with a 3.3+ GPA. Applicants who wish to qualify for merit scholarships, homeschooled applicants, applicants to the VCU Honors College, College of Engineering, or School of Education, and non-native English speakers are not eligible for TO. It does not require the optional SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required. 1724486.8%1080-125021-28
Old DominionYesAll / Permanent PolicyODU offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. 1333587.0%990-120018-24
Missouri StateYes*All / Permanent PolicyMissouri 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 SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.758187.9%1040-124021-27
Weber StateYesAll / Permanent PolicyWeber 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.685389.1%--18-24
Transylvania UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyTransylvania 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.178289.7%1080-135023-30
Washington CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyUrsinus 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.222592.4%1090-130020-29
University of KansasYes*All / Permanent PolicyThe 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 SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.1509393.1%--23-29
University of ToledoYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity 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.1022895.1%1000-124020-26
Kansas State UniversityYes*All / Permanent PolicyKansas 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 SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.814095.7%--22-28
Portland StateYesAll / Permanent PolicyPortland 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. 686195.8%990-122018-24
Queens University of CharlotteYesAll / Permanent PolicyQueens 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.231996.2%1040-124021-27
Western KentuckyYes*All / Permanent PolicyWKU requires either the SAT or ACT. However, it will waive this requirement for students who have a 2.5+ GPA.824597.3%990-122019-27
University of Texas, El PasoYes*All / Permanent PolicyUTEP requires either the SAT or ACT. However, it will waive this requirement for students who rank in the top 10% of their class.10972100%900-111017-22
Art Sawyer

About 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.

131 Comments

  • Avatar JD says:

    Hi Mr. Sawyer, If my daughter is a National Merit Semifinalist and lists the U.S. Naval Academy as her college choice on the NMSC application, will the NMSC deposit any stipend money awarded to the Naval Academy in her name? The NMSC website states that “scholarships are not payable for students’ attendance at service academies”. (My son graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and although tuition/room/board are all covered at service academies, we did have to pay $2000 to cover his personal computer to be used at USMA and the cost of his numerous uniforms was also deducted from his monthly USMA stipend. We were hoping that any NSMC stipend money would be deposited to the Naval Academy in her name so that it could be used towards these items).

    • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

      JD,
      NMSC is clear that its awards do not cover studies at service academies. This means that your daughter should not list the USNA as her first choice on the Finalist application. If she changed her mind about attending USNA, for example, she should want to have the option of receiving a scholarship elsewhere.

  • Avatar Steve says:

    As Chicago doesn’t publish a CDS, what’s your source for 25+% of all Freshman scoring a perfect 1600 on the SAT?

  • Avatar Bob says:

    For schools that only provide EBRW and Math percentiles, and not Composites, on their CDS, are you adding the numbers together to get a Composite? From schools that provide both, it’s apparent that the sum of75th percentile scores almost always exceeds the composite 75% score (by ~15 points), and the opposite at the 25th percentile.

    • Margaux Erilane Margaux Erilane says:

      Hi Bob,

      Yes, for schools that do not supply the 25-75% composite, we add up the EBRW and Math scores. We know it’s not perfect, but it’s the best we can do in those situations!

  • Avatar Liz says:

    It looks like MSOE has contradictory information. It is listed as a “No” for TO but the text says it has adopted TO for 2021.

  • Avatar Piotr says:

    Georgetown comes up on this list as test-optional, but the G’town admissions site still lists the tests are required.

    • Margaux Erilane Margaux Erilane says:

      Hi Piotr,

      It’s surprising that Georgetown hasn’t updated their main admissions page yet, but here is the link to their COVID-19 update: https://live-guwordpress-uadmissions.pantheonsite.io/covid-19-admissions-updates-for-prospective-students/

      “While we will continue to consider standardized test scores as part of our holistic admissions review process, we understand that some students may be prevented from taking either the SAT or ACT due to unprecedented challenges brought about by the global COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, we will be flexible and fully consider applications from students who encounter difficulties completing standardized tests and are thus unable to provide SAT or ACT scores.”

  • Avatar JP says:

    Hi Mr. Sawyer, I am a class of 2021 in Highschool and I’ve studied and took classes for the SAT but haven’t actually taken the test. Recently though, I took 2 SAT practice tests at an SAT academy and got a score of 500 for Reading and writing and 360 for math which I acknowledge is a terrible score. I want to know if it would be better for me to not take the SAT because of the COVID 19 situation. As of now, I’m still trying hard and working on improving on my SAT. Please help me figure out what I should do. I want to go to a good college to further my studies.
    Thank you for your help Mr. Sawyer.

    • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

      JP,
      Some of this depends on whether the option to take the SAT is even available to you. It’s hard to predict which sites will be open. Some high schools are adding dates specifically for students at their school. I would recommend trying to get an official score on record. My guess is that 90+% of the schools on your application list will be test optional by the time you apply. So why bother taking the test? As an insurance policy. If you don’t get the score you want, don’t submit it unless it’s required. If it’s required, then at least you have something to send. If the stress of studying for and taking the SAT is going to get in the way of school or applications, though, I would recommend that you pass. It sounds like your scores are not so strong that they would tip things in your favor. You’ll have a tremendous range of colleges that will consider your application, even without scores. Best of luck.

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    Mr. Sawyer,

    My son is Class of 2021. He has an ACT composite score of 35 and two previously taken SAT subject tests – Biology M 730 his freshman year and World History 800 his sophomore year. I anticipate that most likely his subject tests may be cancelled in June. Would those two subject tests suffice for highly selective colleges as he is taking 5 AP tests this year and the subject tests will be somewhat repetitive from his AP exams (Latin & Chem were the subject tests he was going to take). He is looking at Global Studies or International Relations for majors – so no STEM.

    Thanks for your insight,
    Sarah

    • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

      Sarah,
      School closures and test cancellations have accelerated the process that was already taking place — removal of Subject Test requirements. There are no U.S. colleges requiring Subject Tests this year, and even recommendations have been watered down. So your son’s current tests will suffice. June is almost certain to be cancelled. If your son is still interested in trying improve his testing portfolio (Latin is a notoriously difficult test), hopefully a later date will be available. Given his existing scores, I don’t think it should be a priority.

  • Avatar Bonnie says:

    The above says this was updated today, 3/25. These score ranges were presumably pulled from IPEDS, which only has class of 2022 data right now, i.e., it’s a bit old. In addition, it looks like many of the composite ranges were created by adding the section scores. Note that the 2019-2020 CDS, with class of 2023 admission data, includes a new field, an actual, accurate composite range, often narrower on one or both ends of the range than the computed composites above. While only maybe half of colleges have posted their new CDS, I am hoping that this useful the table will be updated again soon, after IPEDS rolls over to class of 2023 data in June.

    • Margaux Erilane Margaux Erilane says:

      Hi Bonnie,

      We updated the table today with new test optional policies (many schools have announced them this week, some in response to COVID-19). We plan to update the score ranges later this spring when all of the data is available.

      Best,
      Margaux

  • Avatar Mustafa says:

    Thank you for this resource.

  • Avatar bob says:

    Thank you for this resource. I presume that the score ranges listed are based on enrolled students’ SAT superscores (versus specific test date scores), for those colleges that allow superscores. Can you please confirm this? Thanks.

    • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

      Bob,
      The numbers are as reported by colleges in the Common Data Set. The CDS is mum on the subject of superscoring, so it is left up to the colleges. I can’t imagine why a superscoring college would want to report lower scores, but I suppose it is possible. Yes, the Common Data Set is for enrolled students.

  • Avatar Debbie says:

    Hi Mr. Sawyer, My daughter is applying to Duke ED this November. She is trying to decide which school within Duke ( Trinity or Pratt) to apply to. She would be thrilled to get into either. She took three subject tests ( Math 2 – 780, US History – 770, Physics – 720) and will send her SAT superscore of 1540 (770 Critical reading and 770 Math.). Based on these scores do you think one gives her a better chance of being admitted verses the other? Her sibling went to Duke’s Pratt School of engineering. Thank You!

    • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

      Debbie,
      I don’t consider myself knowledgable enough to make that distinction. I believe it’s more important that she make a compelling case as to why she should be admitted. Good luck!

  • Avatar Tanya says:

    I think there is a type on Georgia Tech’s Reading/Writing 25th percentile score. It should be 370, bringing the composite score for the 25th percentile to 1090. All of the other numbers match the school’s website.

    🙂 Tanya

  • Avatar Krystyna Stopyra says:

    Hi Mr. Sawyer. I am a masters student at SMU and I am studying the gap in access for LatinX students to higher education. I was wondering if you still had the average scores from 2016, since I am using a data set of SAT scores of students who took the test in 2015. I noticed that this article was updated this year, so I’m hoping you still have 2016 data, or if you could point me in the right direction? Thank you!

    • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

      Krystyna,
      I’m not confident enough that we have the data archived accurately. My recommendation would be to access the IPEDS data maintained by National Center for Education Statistics. It has the advantage of being a complete database. It has the disadvantage of being clunky to use and slow to be updated. The latter doesn’t matter in your case, and IPEDS keeps each class year separate. Good luck with your research!

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