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The Growing Test Optional Movement

Prior to the onset of the pandemic, a decades-long movement away from testing requirements already had momentum. There are many rationales for removing the requirement. Perhaps the most fundamental is the argument that the additional information provided by tests is murky and not worth the effort and expense borne by students to produce scores. Colleges also generally find that test-optional policies help them reach broader and more diverse student populations. Competitive considerations vis-a-vis their peer institutions’ policies may play a role. 

The pandemic has significantly altered the testing policy landscape at all levels of selectivity and type of institution and greatly accelerated the adoption of test optional policies. As of February 2020, 58 of the “US News Top 100” liberal arts colleges were test flexible, along with 19 of the “Top 100” national research universities. Six months later, nearly all of these liberal arts colleges and a great majority of these national universities were test optional (at least for the class of 2021). And as test site cancellations continue through fall 2020, the remaining holdouts will likely relax their requirements. Class of 2021 students will not find their options much constrained by not submitting test scores.

Unconstrained, though, does not mean one’s application is as competitive as it would be if it included strong test scores. Therein lies a dilemma for the class of 2021, and one that may confront the class of 2022 as well. 

For the class of 2021, at least, the absence of test scores is unlikely to be viewed as a red flag. The only reasonable assumption is that the applicant did not have safe, readily available opportunities to test. Whereas in prior years some colleges might have assumed uncompetitive scores were being withheld, we expect the class of 2021 will get the benefit of the doubt.

However, strong test scores can still help at competitive schools that are not test free (this label is preferred over “test-blind”). The most prudent path is to err on the side of attaining strong scores, if feasible. For many students the operative question is not which application components are optional, but rather what are the other applicants of similar backgrounds likely to present as strengths. We have not found that test-optional policies reduce interest in testing by students applying to competitive colleges.

Deciding how much to pursue testing opportunities requires risk calculations that were unfamiliar before spring 2020. Families must first determine whether any local test centers are open and available and then whether those test sites satisfy the family’s safety concerns. 

Students should try to ascertain how essential scores will be at their target colleges. It is too early to know which colleges will remain test optional after this year. And there is the uncertainty of whether a college is enthusiastically test optional or still likely to afford favor to applications that include strong scores. 

To assist with these questions and others, Compass closely tracks the testing policies and competitive profiles of 400+ popular colleges. These institutions attract a national applicant pool and are all moderately to highly selective. Their testing policies for the class of 2021 break down as follows:A temporary test optional stance is most common. Within this group are schools that still prefer to receive scores and have granted a test optional concession only due to the pandemic. Also included are schools whose admissions leaders are fully committed to the ethos of test optional and are urging their stakeholders to make the policy permanent (resistance often comes from faculty, trustees, or politically-appointed regents of state institutions). How these trial periods will evolve for the class of 2022 and beyond remains to be seen. Compass expects many test optional policies to become permanent and that the test free movement will gain traction as well. Students who are disadvantaged or discouraged by testing will have more options than ever before, even as scores remain relevant in most competitive contexts. 

A complete reckoning of the impact of the test optional surge of 2020 will take several years. In the near term, we will learn how many students were unable to sit for tests at all and also how many test takers chose to submit scores to test optional colleges. Over the next few years, we will see if applicant and admission profiles at competitive colleges alter and what role testing policies may have in that change. Other factors will surely affect college admissions in the coming years, too: the number of students taking gap years, the attractiveness and accessibility of US colleges among international students, the affordability and safety of the residential college model, and more. 

The following is a sampling of admission statistics and testing requirements at 400+ well-known colleges with competitive admissions. Class year refers to the fall term of the entering first-year class. The test scores represent the middle 50% range of the incoming class. These scores should not be viewed as cutoffs or qualifying scores.

Many colleges have recently enacted temporary or permanent test-optional policies as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Test optional policies may not have been in place during the application cycle for the entering class whose data is listed. We have included historical requirements with the aim of aiding students in their expectation of future requirements.

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
Gallaudet UniversityNoGallaudet University requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.47761.2%785-98514-19
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
Louisiana State University—​Baton RougeNoLouisiana State University requires either the SAT or the ACT. It does not require the optional SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.2450174.6%1080-131023-29
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
University of Texas, Rio Grande ValleyNoUniversity of Texas, Rio Grande Valley requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.1068079.8%950-113017-22
University of South DakotaNoUniversity of South Dakota requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.443486.4%990-118019-25
Stanford UniversityYes2021Stanford has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Stanford does not offer merit-based aid.474524.3%1440-157032-35
Harvard College Yes2021Harvard has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Harvard does not offer merit-based aid.433304.6%1460-157033-35
Columbia UniversityYes2021Columbia has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Columbia does not offer merit-based aid.425695.3%1480-156033-35
Princeton University Yes2021Princeton has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year and transfer applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.. Princeton does not offer merit-based aid.353705.5%1440-157032-35
Yale UniversityYes2021Yale has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for the 2020-21 admission cycle. Yale does not offer merit-based aid.368446.1%1460-157033-35
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
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
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
Brown UniversityYes2021Brown has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for the 2020-21 admission cycle. Brown does not offer merit-based aid.386747.1%​​ 1440-157033-35
Pomona CollegeYes2021Pomona College has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year and transfer applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Pomona College does not offer merit-based aid.104017.4%1390-154032-35
University of PennsylvaniaYes2021UPenn has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle. UPenn does not offer merit-based aid.449617.7%1450-156033-35
Dartmouth CollegeYes2021Dartmouth has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Dartmouth does not offer merit-based aid.236507.9%1440-156032-35
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
Rice UniversityYes2021Rice has adopted a one-year test optional policy for all first-year and transfer students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.270878.7%1470-157033-35
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
Duke UniversityYes2021Duke has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. 357678.9%1450-157033-35
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 UniversityYes2021Northwestern has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.405859.1%1440-155033-35
Vanderbilt UniversityYes2021Vanderbilthas adopted a one-year, test optional policy for all first-year and transfer applicants, both domestic and international, for Fall 2021 matriculation.373109.1%1460-156033-35
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
Johns Hopkins UniversityYes2021Johns Hopkins has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for the 2020-21 admission cycle. 301649.7%1470-157033-35
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
Claremont McKenna CollegeYes2021Claremont McKenna College has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for all first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.606610.3%1360-151031-34
Cornell UniversityYes2021Cornell has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants in the 2020-21 admission 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
Amherst CollegeYes2021Amherst College has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for all first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Amherst College does not offer merit-based aid.1056911.3%1410-155031-34
University of Southern CaliforniaYes2021USC has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.6619811.4%1370-152031-34
Barnard CollegeYes 2021Barnard College has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for all first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Barnard College does not offer merit-based aid.932011.8%1340-152031-34
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
University of California—​Los AngelesYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024The UC system has adopted a two-year test optional policy, which will be followed by a two-year test free policy beginning in the 2020-21 admission cycle. At the end of the four year period, they will consider whether to reinstate the testing requirement.11132212.3%1290-151027-34
Williams CollegeYes2021Williams College has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-time, international, and transfer applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Williams college does not offer merit-based aid.971512.6%1410-155032-35
Tulane UniversityYes2021Tulane has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.4218512.9%1360-152031-33
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
Harvey Mudd CollegeYes2021Harvey Mudd has adopted a one-year test optional policy for all first-year and transfer students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.404513.7%1490-157033-35
Washington University in St. LouisYes2021Washington University in St. Louis has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for the 2020-21 admission cycle. 2542613.9%1470-157032-35
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
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
Carnegie Mellon UniversityYes2021Carnegie Mellon has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Carnegie Mellon does not offer merit-based aid.2763415.4%1460-156033-35
Emory UniversityYes2021Emory has adopted a one-year test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle.3001715.6%1350-152031-34
University of Notre DameYes2021Notre Dame has adopted a one-year test optional policy for all first year and transfer students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.2220015.8%1400-155032-35
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 UniversityYes2021NYU has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.7946216.2%1370-151030-34
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
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
Hamilton CollegeYes 2021Hamilton College has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for all first-year and transfer applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Hamilton does not offer merit-based aid.827916.5%1370-152032-34
University of California—​BerkeleyYes (TF)2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Cal has adopted a four-year test free policy beginning in the 2020-21 admission cycle. At the end of the four year period, they will consider whether to reinstate the testing requirement.8739816.8%1330-152028-34
Northeastern UniversityYes2021Northeastern University has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.6226318.1%1390-154032-35
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
Washington and Lee UniversityYes2021Washington and Lee has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.617818.6%1460-150032-34
Boston UniversityYes2021Boston University has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for all first year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.6222418.9%1360-148030-34
Carleton CollegeYes2021Carleton College has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for all first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Carleton College does not offer merit-based aid.738219.0%1360-154031-34
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
Wellesley CollegeYes2021Wellesley College has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for all first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Wellesley College does not offer merit-based aid.639521.6%1360-153031-34
Colgate UniversityYes 2021Colgate University has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for all first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Colgate does not offer merit-based aid.995122.6%1330-150031-34
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
Grinnell CollegeYes2021Grinnell has adopted a one-year test optional policy for all first-year students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.800423.1%1370-153031-34
Vassar CollegeYes2021Vassar College has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Vassar College does not offer merit-based aid.896123.7%1370-153031-34
University of VirginiaYes2021UVA has adopted a a one-year, test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. 4083923.9%1340-150030-34
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
Babson CollegeYes2021Babson has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.636226.4%1270-145027-32
University of California—​IrvineYes (TF)2021, 2022, 2023, 2024UCI has adopted a four-year test free policy beginning in the 2020-21 admission cycle. At the end of the four year period, they will consider whether to reinstate the testing requirement.9556826.5%1180-1440--
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
Boston CollegeYes2021Boston College has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for the 2020-21 admission cycle.3555227.2%1370-149031-34
Case Western Reserve UniversityYes2021Case Western Reserve has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Case Western Reserve will determine policies for future classes in winter 2020-21.2878627.4%1350-152030-34
Villanova UniversityYes2021Villanova has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. 2290928.2%1320-147031-34
University of RichmondYes 2021University of Richmond has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1235628.3%1290-146030-33
California State Polytechnic University—​San Luis ObispoYes (TF)2021The Cal State system has adopted a one-year, test free policy, meaning they will not consider standardized test scores, for applicants to the 2020-21 admission cycle.5407228.4%1250-142026-32
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
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
University of California—​Santa BarbaraYes (TF)2021, 2022, 2023, 2024UCSB has adopted a four-year test free policy beginning in the 2020-21 admission cycle. At the end of the four year period, they will consider whether to reinstate the testing requirement.9345729.6%1260-146025-33
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
Berea CollegeYes2021Berea College has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying for the Fall 2021 semester.196630.32%1090-129823-27
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
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
Pepperdine UniversityYes2021Pepperdine University has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1276431.7%1250-143027-32
University of Texas—​AustinYes2021The University of Texas--Austin has adopted a one-year test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle.5352531.8%1240-147027-33
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
Lehigh UniversityYes2021Lehigh has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1564932.1%1280-145029-33
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
University of California—​San DiegoYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024The UC system has adopted a two-year test optional policy, which will be followed by a two-year test free policy, beginning in the 2020-21 admission cycle. At the end of the four year period, they will consider whether to reinstate the testing requirement.9913332.3%1250-147024-33
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
San Diego State UniversityYes (TF)2021The Cal State system has adopted a one-year, test free policy, meaning they will not consider standardized test scores, for applicants to the 2020-21 admission cycle.6984234.0%1110-132022-29
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
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
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
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--
University of TulsaYes2021University of Tulsa has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants entering in the Spring and Fall of 2021.979335.8%1090-136024-31
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
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
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
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
Occidental CollegeYes2021Occidental has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year and transfer applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.750136.7%1300-148028-32
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
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
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
California State University--Long BeachYes (TF)2021The Cal State system has adopted a one-year, test free policy, meaning they will not consider standardized test scores, for applicants to the 2020-21 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 TechnologyYes2021Stevens Institute of Technology has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. However, homeschooled students and students applying to the Pre-Med and Pre-Law programs are not eligible for test optional admissions.1047540.0%1340-150031-34
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
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
University of California—​DavisYes (TF)2021, 2022, 2023, 2024UC Davis has adopted a four-year test free policy beginning in the 2020-21 admission cycle. At the end of the four year period, they will consider whether to reinstate the testing requirement.7664741.2%1150-141025-31
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
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
Loyola Marymount UniversityYes2021Loyola Marymount University has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1859243.8%1230-141027-31
University of Maryland—​College ParkYes2021University of Maryland--College Park has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying for the Spring and Fall 2021 semesters.3298744.1%1280-148029-33
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
Syracuse UniversityYes2021Syracuse has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.3529944.4%1180-138026-30
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
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
Baylor UniversityYes2021Baylor University has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.3458245.3%1200-138026-32
University of DallasYes2021University of Dallas has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.467645.3%1150-136024-30
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.626945.4%1270-142026-30
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
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.4630846.0%1250-143028-32
Bentley UniversityYes2021Bentley University has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.901746.7%1230-141027-31
Texas Christian UniversityYes2021Texas Christian University has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1902847.1%1150-135025-31
Southern Methodist UniversityYes2021Southern Methodist University has adopted a one-year test optional policy for the 2020-21 admission cycle.1395947.3%1300-148029-33
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
California State University--Los AngelesYes (TF)2021The Cal State system has adopted a one-year, test free policy, meaning they will not consider standardized test scores, for applicants to the 2020-21 admission cycle.3364147.8%900-107015-20
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
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
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
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
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
Pennsylvania State University—​University ParkYes2021Pennsylvania State University--College Park has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students entering in the Summer and Fall of 2021.7190349.1%1160-137025-30
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
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
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteYesAll / Permanent PolicyWorcester Polytechnic Institute offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1064549.4%1310-147029-33
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
Clemson UniversityYes2021Clemson has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.2907051.3%1230-140027-32
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
University of California—​Santa CruzYes (TF)2021, 2022, 2023, 2024UCSC has adopted a four-year test free policy beginning in the 2020-21 admission cycle. At the end of the four year period, they will consider whether to reinstate the testing requirement.5590651.5%1200-136024-30
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
California State University--FullertonYes (TF)2021The Cal State system has adopted a one-year, test free policy, meaning they will not consider standardized test scores, for applicants to the 2020-21 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
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
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
Ohio State University—​ColumbusYes2021OSU has adopted a one-year test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. However, home-schooled students and students who attend a non-chartered high school are not eligible for test optional admission.4770353.7%1250-146028-32
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
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
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
Yeshiva UniversityYes2021Yeshiva has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.166055.4%1160-140024-30
California State Polytechnic University--PomonaYes (TF)2021The Cal State system has adopted a one-year, test free policy, meaning they will not consider standardized test scores, for applicants to the 2020-21 admission cycle.3666055.5%1030-125019-27
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
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
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
University of PittsburghYes2021University of Pittsburgh has adopted a one-year test optional policy for Fall 2021 applicants to the Dietrich School, however, students applying to the Business, Computing & Information, Engineering, and Nursing schools are still required to submit scores.3209156.7%1260-144028-33
University of California—​RiversideYes (TF)2021, 2022, 2023, 2024UC Riverside has adopted a four-year test free policy beginning in the 2020-21 admission cycle. At the end of the four year period, they will consider whether to reinstate the testing requirement.4978856.7%1130-134024-30
University of Minnesota—​Twin CitiesYes2021University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.4067356.7%1260-148026-31
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
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
Texas A&M University—​College StationYes2021, 2022Texas A&M has adopted a two-year, test optional policy for applicants beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. 4289957.5%1160-139026-31
Morehouse CollegeYes2021Morehouse has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.355457.9%1010-121020-25
California State University--FresnoYes (TF)2021The Cal State system has adopted a one-year, test free policy, meaning they will not consider standardized test scores, for applicants to the 2020-21 admission cycle.1812257.9%950-113016-22
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
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
Saint Louis UniversityYes2021Saint Louis University has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle.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
University of Illinois—​Urbana-​ChampaignYes2021University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign has adopted a one-year test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle.4350959.0%1220-148027-33
California State University--NorthridgeYes (TF)2021The Cal State system has adopted a one-year, test free policy, meaning they will not consider standardized test scores, for applicants to the 2020-21 admission cycle.3063759.3%910-113016-22
Lipscomb UniversityYes2021Lipscomb University has adopted a one-year test optional policy for first-year applicants entering in Spring and Fall 2021.363859.5%1060-132022-29
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—​New BrunswickYes2021Rutgers has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for in the 2020-21 admission cycle. 4128661.2%1210-143025-32
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
University of PortlandYes2021University of Portland has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1450561.5%1160-133023-29
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
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 UniversityYes2021Gonzaga University has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.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
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
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
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
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
San Jose State UniversityYes (TF)2021The Cal State system has adopted a one-year, test free policy, meaning they will not consider standardized test scores, for applicants to the 2020-21 admission cycle.3528763.6%1030-126018-26.5
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
Wabash CollegeYes2021Wabash has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. 130764.2%1120-132023-29
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
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
Goshen CollegeYes2021Goshen has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying to enroll in Fall 2021.127864.7%1010-121021-29
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 HoustonYes2021University of Houston has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for all first-year applicants applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle. Applicants electing TO must submit 2 letters of support, a personal statement, and a resumé.2539365.0%1140-131022-27
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
SUNY—​GeneseoYes2021SUNY-Geneseo has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.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
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
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
University of VermontYes2021University of Vermont has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1923367.3%1180-136026-31
San Francisco State UniversityYes (TF)2021The Cal State system has adopted a one-year, test free policy, meaning they will not consider standardized test scores, for applicants to the 2020-21 admission cycle.3462967.3%940-115017-23
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
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
Stonehill CollegeYes (TF)2021Stonehill College has adopted a one-year test free admissions policy. After this year, they will determine whether to continue with test free admissions or return to test optional admissions.696167.7%1120-129024-28.5
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
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--
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
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
California State University--San BernardinoYes (TF)2021The Cal State system has adopted a one-year, test free policy, meaning they will not consider standardized test scores, for applicants to the 2020-21 admission cycle.1630768.6%910-109015-19
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
Texas Tech UniversityYes2021Texas Tech University has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for both domestic and international first-year applicants ientering in the Fall of 2021. It is highly encouraged to submit an SAT/ACT score if an applicant is able to do so in order to qualify for scholarships. It does not require the SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test.2538468.9%1070-126022-27
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
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
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
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
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityYes2021Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.3197470.0%1180-139025-31
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
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
Berry CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyBerry College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without standardized test scores.432870.6%1090-132024-30
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
Michigan State UniversityYes2021Michigan State has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle. However, homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission.4432271.1%1100-132023-29
Hollins UniversityYes2021Hollins University has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. 324471.2%1070-130022-30
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
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—​NewarkYes2021Rutgers has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for in the 2020-21 admission cycle. 1373271.9%1020-120019-25
University of California—MercedYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024The UC system has adopted a two-year test optional policy, which will be followed by a two-year test free policy, beginning in the 2020-21 admission cycle. At the end of the four year period, they will consider whether to reinstate the testing requirement.2536872.0%980-118017-22
University of DaytonYes2021The University of Dayton has adopted a test-flexible policy for high school juniors applying for its fall 2021 entering class. It does not require the optional SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test. Subject Tests are not required.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
University of Rhode IslandYes2021University of Rhode Island has adopted a one-year test optional policy for applicants to the Spring and Fall 2021 semesters.2125972.3%1012-134520-29
California State University--ChicoYes (TF)2021The Cal State system has adopted a one-year, test free policy, meaning they will not consider standardized test scores, for applicants to the 2020-21 admission cycle.2590872.3%990-118018-24
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
University of Illinois—​ChicagoYes2021The University of Illinois-Chicago has adopted a one-year test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle.2269672.7%1030-126021-28
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
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
Wayne State UniversityYes2021WSU has adopted a one-year test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1571673.1%1010-123021-27
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
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
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
Seton Hall UniversityYes2021Seton Hall University has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle. 1975773.8%1150-133024-29
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
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
University of Washington--BothellYes2021The University of Washington--Bothell has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for firstyear applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.424274.1%1038-125019-28
Adelphi UniversityYes2021Adelphi University has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle. 1300674.2%1080-127022-27
Mercer UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023Mercer University has adopted a three-year test optional policy. After Fall 2023, they will reevaluate. 503474.2%1170-134025-30
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
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
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
Drexel UniversityYes2021Drexel University has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle.3182474.7%1190-139025-31
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
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
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
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
California State University--Monterey BayYes (TF)2021The Cal State system has adopted a one-year, test free policy, meaning they will not consider standardized test scores, for applicants to the 2020-21 admission cycle.1232775.3%960-117017-23
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
John Brown UniversityYes2021John Brown University has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students entering in Fall 2021.117675.8%1060-126023-29
Washington State UniversityYes (TF)2021Washington State has adopted a one-year test free policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle.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
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
Towson UniversityYes2021Towson has adopted a one-year test optional policy for applicants for Fall 2021 admission.1267876.3%1060-122020-25
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
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
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%----
University of Texas, San AntonioYes2021University of Texas, San Antonio has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants entering through Spring 2022. However, it still recommends submitting test scores, as this can affect scholarship eligibility and admission into certain colleges or majors that require the SAT/ACT.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
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
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
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
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 MissouriYes2021Mizzou has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying to the Fall 2021 term.1894877.8%1090-129023-29
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
College of CharlestonYes2021The College of Charleston has adopted a one-year test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admissions cycle. However, home-schooled students are required to submit scores.1178378.3%1080-126022-28
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
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
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
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
Missouri University of Science & TechnologyYes2021Missouri S&T has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying to the Fall 2021 term. Students who apply without test scores will be required to submit additional information.510779.2%1190-143026-32
Western MichiganYes2021WMU has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle. 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
Miami University—​OxfordYes2021Miami University-Oxford has adopted a one-year test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle.2892080.4%1210-141026-31
University of OklahomaYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025University of Oklahoma has adopted a fice-year test optional policy beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. Test scores are encouraged for scholarship consideration.1567380.4%1130-131023-29
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
West Virginia UniversityYes2021WVU has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1863981.6%1050-124021-27
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
California State University--SacramentoYes (TF)2021The Cal State system has adopted a one-year, test free policy, meaning they will not consider standardized test scores, for applicants to the 2020-21 admission cycle.2757682.3%940-114016-22
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 Texas, ArlingtonYes2021University of Texas, Arlington has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants entering in the Fall of 2021.1265082.9%1040-125020-27
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
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
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
Hope CollegeYes2021Hope College has adopted a one-year test optional policy for applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle. However students who wish to be considered for merit scholarships must submit test scores.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
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*2021Missouri 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
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
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
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)2021The Cal State system has adopted a one-year, test free policy, meaning they will not consider standardized test scores, for applicants to the 2020-21 admission cycle.1633590.9%980-119017-25
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
Iowa State UniversityYes2021Iowa State University has adopted a one-year test optional policy for students applying in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1824692.1%1100-134022-28
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
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 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 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 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
University of KentuckyYes2021The University of Kentucky has adopted a one-year, test optional policy for first-year applicants, both domestic and international, in the 2020-21 admission cycle.1875995.9%1070-131022-29
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
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
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
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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