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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 the school’s website where the policy is explained. Note that colleges may still require official scores for international and home-schooled students.

Our goal is to see this list grow and make it as comprehensive as possible. Please add a comment and provide the policy page link if you come across a school not listed. Note that only colleges that have written policies on their websites or in application materials are included here.

Please note: This is not an exhaustive list. There are nearly 4,000 colleges and universities in the country, and we have not examined the self-reporting policies at each one. The completeness of this list relies heavily on crowdsourced data.

College and Link
Agnes Scott College
Albright College
American University
Amherst College
Appalachian State University
Augustana College
Babson College
Bard College
Barnard College
Bates College
Baylor University
Beloit College
Bentley University
Binghamton University (SUNY)
Birmingham-Southern College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Brown University
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
Butler University
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Carroll College
Carthage College
Case Western Reserve University
Catawba College
Champlain College
Chapman University
Claremont McKenna College
Clark University
Clarkson University
Colby College
Colgate University
College of Charleston
College of the Holy Cross
College of William & Mary
Colorado College
Colorado School of Mines
Columbia University
Concordia College – Moorhead
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Creighton University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Denison University
DePaul University
DePauw University
Dickinson College
Drake University
Duke University
Eckerd College
Elon University
Emory University
Fairfield University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida State University
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
Franklin College
Franklin Pierce University
George Mason University
Georgia Tech
Gettysburg College
Guilford College
Hamilton College
Hampden-Sydney College (VA)
Harvard College
Harvey Mudd College
Haverford College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hollins University
Illinois State University
Indiana University
Iowa State University
Johns Hopkins University
Kansas State University
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
Lamar University
Lawrence University
Lehigh University
Lenoir-Rhyne University
Lewis & Clark College
Louisiana State University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland
Macalester College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Miami University (OH)
Michigan State University
Middlebury College
Millsaps College
Mount Holyoke
Muhlenberg College
NC State University
New College of Florida
Northeastern University
Northern Arizona University
Northwestern University
NYIT (New York Inst of Technology)
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Oglethorpe University
Old Dominion University
Olin College of Engineering
Oregon State University
Pacific Lutheran University
Pomona College
Providence College
Purdue University
Quinnipiac University
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College
Rice University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Williams University
Saint Anselm College
Saint Joseph's University
Saint Louis University
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
Scripps College
Seattle University
Sewanee (The University of the South)
Shenandoah University
Skidmore College
Southern Methodist University
Southwestern University
St. Edward's University
St. Lawrence University
St. Olaf College
Stanford University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevenson University
Suffolk University
SUNY Oswego
Susquehanna University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Texas Christian University
The College of Wooster
The University of Oklahoma
Trinity University
Tufts University
Tulane University
UMass Lowell
UNC Chapel Hill
UNC Charlotte
Union College
University of California system
University of Chicago
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Delaware
University of Florida
University of Hawaii, Manoa
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Miami
University of Michigan (2023-24)
University of Minnesota
University of Nebraska system
University of Northern Iowa
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound
University of Redlands
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of San Francisco
University of South Carolina
University of St. Thomas
University of Tulsa
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Valparaiso University
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Villanova University
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Washington & Lee University
Washington College
Washington U in St. Louis
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Western Michigan University
Whitman College
Whitworth University
Williams College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Yale University

Please note: All colleges require official test scores upon enrollment; these are application policies only. Some schools may have different requirements to be eligible for merit-based scholarships. Students should check directly with each college to confirm they have the most recent and accurate policy information.

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 three 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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