Colleges that Allow Self-Reporting of SAT and ACT Scores

Over the past few years, efforts have been made to encourage more colleges to accept self-reported SAT and ACT scores from students during the application process and only require official reports when a student actually enrolls. Leaders of this push have included Gabrielle McColgan, James Murphy, Marie Bigham, and many other contributors.

Why the growing movement?

Among the many expenses that add up in the college admission process are application fees, test registration fees, and official score report fees. Many students are eligible to have these fees waived, but other students who don’t qualify for waivers may still find the costs to be a burden. A typical scenario might involve a student taking both the SAT and ACT once or twice, applying to 8-10 colleges, and spending a few hundred dollars simply to have official score reports sent to each college.

Colleges in the list below have stipulated that students may self-report their test scores in their applications. Click on the name of the college to visit the page on their website where the policy is explained.

Our goal is to see this list grow and to keep it as comprehensive and up to date as possible. Please add a comment and provide a relevant link if you believe that updates should be made. Note that only colleges that have written policies on their websites or application materials are included here.

College and Link
Agnes Scott College
Albright College
Amherst College
Augustana College
Babson College
Barnard College
Bates College
Baylor University
Birmingham-Southern College
Bowdoin College
Brown University
Carnegie Mellon University*
Carroll College
Case Western Reserve University
Catawba College
Champlain College
Chapman University
Clarkson University
Colby College
Colgate University
College of Charleston
Colorado College
Colorado School of Mines
Columbia University
Davidson College
DePaul University
DePauw University
Dickinson College
Duke University
Emory University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida State University
Franklin College
Franklin & Marshall College
Franklin Pierce University
George Mason University
Georgia Tech
Guilford College
Hamilton College
Hampden-Sydney College (VA)
Harvard College
Haverford College
Harvey Mudd College
Hollins University
Illinois State University
Iowa State University
Johns Hopkins University
Kansas State University
Kenyon College
Lawrence University
Lenoir-Rhyne University
Lewis & Clark College
Loyola Marymount University
Macalester College
Middlebury College
Millsaps College
Muhlenberg College
New College of Florida
NYIT (New York Inst of Technology)
Northern Arizona University
Northern Michigan University*
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Ohio University*
Olin College of Engineering
Pacific Lutheran University
Pomona College
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rice University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Saint Anselm College
Santa Clara University
Scripps College
Sewanee (The University of the South)
Shenandoah University
Southwestern University
Southern Methodist University
St. Olaf College
Stanford University
Stevenson University
Suffolk University
Susquehanna University
Swarthmore College
Texas Christian University
Tufts University
Tulane University*
Union College
University of Chicago
University of Hawaii, Manoa
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Minnesota
University of Nebraska system
University of Northern Iowa
University of Oregon*
University of Rochester
University of San Francisco
University of South Carolina
University of Tulsa
University of Virginia
Valparaiso University
Virginia Tech
Washington U in St. Louis
Whitman College
Whitworth University
William & Mary
Williams College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Yale University

*Will not accept self-reported scores, but publicly states that they will accept scores submitted by the high school counselor as “official.”

Please note: All colleges require official test scores upon enrollment; these are application policies only. Students should check directly with each college to confirm they have the most recent and accurate policy information.

Adam Ingersoll

About Adam Ingersoll

Adam began his career in test prep in 1993 while at the University of Southern California, where he was a student-athlete on the basketball team, worked in the admission office, and graduated magna cum laude. Over the last two decades he has guided thousands of families to successful experiences with standardized tests and has mentored hundreds of the industry's most sought-after tutors. Adam is known nationally as a leading expert on college admission testing and is a frequent presenter at higher ed conferences, faculty development workshops, and school seminars.


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