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The Growing Test Optional Movement

By September 29, 2020October 6th, 2023Admissions, College Admission Requirements, For Students

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
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyNoMIT has ended their temporary test optional policy. Students applying to the class of 2027 and beyond will need to submit SAT or ACT scores.332404.11%1510–157034–36
Yale UniversityNoYale requires applicants to submit SAT, ACT, or AP/IB scores as part of the admissions process. Yale does not offer merit-based aid.500604.57%1470–156033–35
Dartmouth CollegeNoDartmouth requires students to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their application. Dartmouth does not offer merit-based aid.283366.38%
United States Military AcademyNoWest Point requires applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. They require the ACT with writing, and students who submit SAT scores may be asked to provide a timed writing sample.1395510.66%1210–143028–33
Georgetown UniversityNoGeorgetown requires submission of SAT/ACT scores for admission. Students who apply without scores will be asked to explain why they were unable to take a test. Georgetown does not offer merit-based aid.2663812.23%1410–154032–35
United States Air Force AcademyNoUSAFA requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.835316.23%1320–147028–33
Georgia Institute of TechnologyNoThe University System of Georgia has announced that all institutions will resume test score admission requirements beginning with the Spring semester of 2022. Any student applying to a University System of Georgia school in 2022 and beyond will have to submit an SAT or ACT test score.5061017.13%1370–153031–35
University of FloridaNoThe University of Florida requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.6447323.35%1320–147028–33
Florida State UniversityNoFlorida State University requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.7808825.04%1220–136026–31
United States Merchant Maritime AcademyNoUSMMA requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.153127.37%
University of Central FloridaNoUniversity of Central Florida requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the ACT Writing Test.5497741.04%1200–136025–29
University of GeorgiaNoThe University System of Georgia has announced that all institutions will resume test score admission requirements beginning with the Spring semester of 2022. Any student applying to a University System of Georgia school in 2022 and beyond will have to submit an SAT or ACT test score.3935442.51%1220–140026–32
University of South FloridaNoUniversity of South Florida requries either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.6556743.94%1240–137027–30
Purdue University—West LafayetteNoPurdue University requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.6830952.69%1210–145027–33
University of DallasNoUniversity of Dallas requires first year applicants to submit offical SAT or ACT scores.499058.36%1120–138024–31
Gallaudet UniversityNoGallaudet University requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.38059.21%770–106014–20
Morehouse CollegeNoMorehouse requires first year applicants to submit offical SAT or ACT scores.522160.01%18–25
Florida InternationalNoFlorida International University requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the ACT Writing Test.1734363.86%1070–124021–26
Florida Institute of TechnologyNoFlorida Institute of Technology requires either the SAT or ACT. It generally does not require the optional ACT Writing Test, but it may be required for some applicants.1065065.88%1150–133024–30
University of TennesseeNoThe University of Tennessee requires SAT/ACT scores as part of the application for admission.3629068.41%1180–132025–31
New College of FloridaNoThe New College of Florida requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.183075.41%1120–134024–31
Thomas Aquinas CollegeNoThomas Aquinas College requires requires that applicants take the SAT, the ACT, or the CLT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test. Thomas Aquinas College does not offer merit-based aid.26284.73%1210–140027–32
University of MemphisNoUM requires students to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their applicants.1576794.60%960–122017–24
California Institute of TechnologyYes (TF)2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Caltech has extended their temporary Test Free policy, meaning it will not consider standardized test scores, to the 2024–25 admissions cycle. CalTech does not offer merit-based aid.166262.69%
Harvard College Yes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026Harvard has extended their temporary test optional policy through the 2026 admissions cycle.612213.24%1490–158034–36
Stanford UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Stanford extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admissions cycle.563783.68%1500–157033–35
Columbia UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyColumbia offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without SAT or ACT scores.605513.89%1510–156034–35
Princeton University Yes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Princeton has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admissions cycle. Princeton does not offer merit-based aid.376014.38%1470–156033–35
Brown UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Brown has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admissions cycle. Brown does not offer merit-based aid.506495.06%1500–156034–36
University of ChicagoYesAll / Permanent PolicyUChicago offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.375225.44%1510–156034–35
University of PennsylvaniaYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024UPenn has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admissions cycle.563325.87%1480–157033–35
Duke UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Duke has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admissions cycle.495235.88%1490–156033–35
Johns Hopkins UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026Johns Hopkins has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2025–26 admission cycle.371566.00%1520–156034–35
Vanderbilt UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027Vanderbilt has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2026–27 admission cycle.463776.67%1490–157034–35
Northeastern UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026Northeastern has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2025-26 admission cycle.910006.80%1450–153033–35
Swarthmore CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Swarthmore has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024-25 admission cycle.147076.93%1450–154032–35
Northwestern UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Northwestern has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admissions cycle.476366.97%1490–155033–35
Pomona CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyPomona College offers a test optional policy which allows students to apply without SAT or ACT scores.106667.02%1480–154033–35
Amherst CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyAmherst offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.148647.26%1450–155033–35
Cornell UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Cornell has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2024 applicants. Additionally, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, and the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business will not consider test scores even if submitted. Cornell does not offer merit-based aid.711647.26%1470–155033–35
Colby 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.168907.61%1430–154032–34
Williams CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023 2024, 2025, 2026Williams has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2025–26 admissions cycle.153218.50%1490–155034–35
University of California—Los AngelesYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe UC system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT/ACT scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships.1498158.57%
Rice UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyRice offers a test optional olicy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.314438.68%1490–157034–36
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.93769.19%1340–152031–35
United States Naval AcademyYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024USNA has extended their temporary test flexible policy, meaning they will review applications with or without standardized test scores. Students seeking admission without a test score will be asked to provide supporting information concerning test availability, cancellation, etc.147279.36%
Claremont McKenna CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024CMC has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2021–22 admission cycle.570910.35%1450–154033–35
Grinnell CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026Grinnell has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2026.999710.76%1410–152031–33
Carnegie Mellon UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Carnegie Mellon has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 20243426111.30%1500–156034–35
Emory UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Emory has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admissions cycle.3317911.35%1450–153032–34
University of California—BerkeleyYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe UC system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT/ACT scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships.12822611.40%
Tufts UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026Tufts has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2025–26 admission cycle.3119811.43%1450–153033–35
Tulane UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Tulane has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admissions cycle.3161511.45%1400–150031–33
Barnard CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Barnard College has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admissions cycle. Barnard College does not offer merit-based aid.1039511.47%1445–153032–34
Hamilton CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyHamilton offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores. Hamilton does not offer merit-based aid.989911.78%1440–152033–34
New York UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024NYU has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admission cycle.10066212.46%1470–152033–34
University of Southern CaliforniaYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024USC has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admission cycle.7103112.51%1330–152030–34
Middlebury CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026Middlebury has extended their temproary, test optional policy to the 2025–26 admission cycle. Middlebury does not offer merit-based aid.1295212.69%1420–152033–35
University of Notre DameYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Notre Dame has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admissions cycle.2650912.91%1420–155032–35
Washington University in St. LouisYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Washington University in St. Louis has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admission cycle.3363413.00%1490–157033–35
Harvey Mudd CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Harvey Mudd has extended their temporary test optional policy through 2025.444013.36%1480–156034–36
Wellesley CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Wellesley College has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2024 admission.849113.57%1440–154033–35
Bates CollegeYesAll / 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.827313.74%1340–150031–33
Haverford CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyHaverford offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission with SAT or ACT scores. Haverford does not offer merit-based aid.565714.21%1410–153033–35
Boston UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025BU has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admission cycle.8079614.37%1370–143031–33
Wesleyan UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyWesleyan University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students are not eligible for test optional admission. International students will not be required to submit SAT or ACT scores for the 2020-21 admission cycle.1452114.43%1310–150031–34
United States Coast Guard AcademyYesAll / Permanent PolicyUSCGA has adopted a test optional policy. While scores are optional, they are encouraged, and students applying without scores are asked to upload a short statement.189415.47%1160–136026–31
Colorado 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.784616.30%1270–146029–33
Carleton CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Carleton College has extended their temporary test optional to Fall 2025 admissions.858316.63%1430–154032–35
Boston CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Boston College has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admissions cycle.4049416.66%1450–152033–35
Davidson CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyDavidson offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission with SAT or ACT scores. Homeschooled students and students who attend non-traditional schools are recommended to submit scores.647916.95%1360–149031–33
Washington and Lee UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Washington and Lee has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admissions cycle.722416.96%1410–153032–34
Colgate UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027Colgate University has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2026–27 admissions cycle.1754017.19%1360–149031–34
University of Michigan—Ann ArborYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe University of Michigan offers a test optional policy.8428917.69%1350–153031–34
Pitzer CollegeYes (TF)2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Pitzer has been test optional since 2003. After nearly two decades of test optional admissions, Pitzer College will switch to a test-free admission policy through Fall 2025.350018.40%
Vassar CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyVassar offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores. Vassar College does not offer merit-based aid.1141218.66%1440–151032–34
University of MiamiYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025University of Miami has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2025.4916718.94%1330–145030–33
University of North Carolina—Chapel HillYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024The UNC System has reinstated their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2024.5377619.24%1330–150029–33
Hillsdale CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyHillsdale College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.306620.58%1370–148030–34
University of VirginiaYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025UVA has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admissions cycle.4798220.74%1400–151032–35
Babson CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyBabson has adopted a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.760722.01%1410–151031–34
The Cooper UnionYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Cooper Union has extemded their temporary test optional policy for first-year and transfer applicants, to Fall 2024.150822.28%1380–153032–35
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.726922.86%1390–150031–34
Villanova UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026Villanova has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2025–26 admission cycle.2383523.39%1390–148032–34
University of RichmondYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024University of Richmond has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admissions cycle.1436424.37%1410–150032–34
Berea CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyBerea College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.221724.58%1090–130023–27
Wake Forest UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyWake Forest offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1515625.18%1380–148030–33
Skidmore CollegeYesAll / 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.1318325.54%1320–144030–33
University of California—Santa BarbaraYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe UC system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT/ACT scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships.11100625.84%
Case Western Reserve UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Case Western has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admissions cycle.3870127.41%1420–152032–35
Scripps CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyScripps offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.309927.91%1410–151032–34
Denison UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyDenison offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.951328.27%1250–141028–32
Spelman CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Spelman has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admission cycle.1364928.39%1100–129022–27
Macalester CollegeYesAll / 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.843428.42%1350–149030–34
University of California—IrvineYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe UC system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT/ACT scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships.10795228.94%
California State Polytechnic University—San Luis ObispoYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.5894430.34%1260–145028–33
Trinity UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026Trinity University has extended their test optional policy to the 2025–26 admission cycle.1146330.51%1310–145029–33
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.359430.75%1300–147029–35
Reed CollegeYes (TF)2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Reed has extended their temporary test free admission policy to the Fall 2024 period.902330.80%1320–150030–33
University of Texas—AustinYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024UT Austin has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2024.5976731.41%
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.1170732.55%1180–139027–32
College of William and MaryYesAll / Permanent PolicyWilliam and Mary offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without SAT or ACT scores.1808733.50%1370–152032–34
Lafayette CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028, 2029Lafayette College extended their temporary test optional policy through the 2029 academic year.1050033.63%1350–146030–33
Kenyon CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Kenyon has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2024 semester.811634.30%1380–149031–34
University of California—San DiegoYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe UC system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT/ACT scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships.11841034.31%
Oberlin CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026Oberlin College has extended their temporary test optional policy for first-time, international, and homeschooled to the 2025–26 application year.1059734.34%1340–146030–34
Dickinson CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyDickinson offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.826134.92%1290–141029–32
Howard UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Howard University has extended its temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admissions cycle.2939635.25%1100–127021–26
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.892336.23%1300–141029–32
College of the Holy CrossYesAll / 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.703636.36%1270–142028–32
Lehigh UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyLehigh offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1516336.98%1350–148030–33
Trinity College (Hartford)YesAll / Permanent PolicyTrinity offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.560337.75%1340–147029–33
University of RochesterYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe University of Rochester offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1993338.88%1410–152031–34
Brandeis 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.979639.14%1390–150031–34
San Diego State UniversityYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.7725039.26%1130–134023–29
Occidental CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyOxy offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.630539.40%1380–149031–34
Mount Holyoke CollegeYesAll / 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.489439.76%1370–150030–34
Hampden-Sydney CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Hampden-Sydney College has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2024 period.326239.79%1040–131023–29
California State University—Long BeachYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.7469439.96%
Connecticut CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyConnecticut College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.874440.40%1180–139028–32
American UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyAmerican University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1951040.63%1290–142029–32
Loyola Marymount UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024LMU has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2024.2169541.31%1280–143028–32
Binghamton University—SUNYYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe SUNY system offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.4164241.75%1340–151029–34
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyIllinois Wesleyan offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.440842.22%1120–133025–30
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.1210942.75%1280–141030–32
Clemson UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyClemson offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.5281442.99%1230–140026–31
CUNY—Baruch CollegeYes (TF)2021, 2022, 2023, 2024The CUNY system has extended their temporary test free policy through Spring 20252030343.40%1130–1330
Auburn UniversityYes*2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Auburn requires either the SAT or the ACT. However, Fall 2024 applicants with a 3.6+ GPA may apply test-optional. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.4569343.74%1240–137024–30
University of Maryland—College ParkYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025UMD has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 application cycle.5663744.50%1370–151031–34
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.555744.79%1140–132024–30
University of Illinois—Urbana-ChampaignYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign offers a test optional oplicy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT/ACT scores.6325744.82%1350–151029–34
Pratt InstituteYesAll / Permanent PolicyPratt offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.827844.87%1200–140026–31
Truman State UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Truman State University has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2024 semester. Students applying to the nursing major must submit scores. Test scores are also required to be eligible for some scholarships or programs.491245.05%1070–133023–29
Hampton 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 ACT Writing Test.1503545.10%840–122017–27
Bennington CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyBennington has a test-optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores.280145.31%1260–137029–33
Baylor UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Baylor has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admissions cycle. However, homeschooled students, students who attend schools that only provide narrative evaluations, and students who graduate high school early are not eligible for test optional admissions.4075345.88%1170–136026–32
Stevens Institute of TechnologyYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026Stevens Institute of Technology has extended their temporary test optional policy, with some exceptions, for Fall 2026. However, students applying to the Accelerated Pre-Medicine or Pre-Law programs are required to submit scores.1250046.22%1380–151031–34
University of California—DavisYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe UC system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT/ACT scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships.7622546.32%1160–137025–31
Union College (Schenectady, NY)YesAll / 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.845846.51%1310–149029–33
North Carolina State University—RaleighYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024The UNC System has reinstated their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2024.3542047.01%1260–142024–31
University of California—Santa CruzYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe UC system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT/ACT scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships.6603347.09%
University of Washington—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.5248847.52%1320–150029–34
CUNY—HunterYes (TF)2021, 2022, 2023, 2024The CUNY system has extended their temporary test free policy through Spring 20253391347.80%
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.549747.83%1310–146030–33
University of Wisconsin—MadisonYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024The University of Wisiconsin—Madison has extended its temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admission cycle.6026049.03%1370–150028–33
University of PittsburghYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Pitt has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admission cycle.5307249.14%1280–147029–33
Stony Brook University—SUNYYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe SUNY system offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.4051349.14%1320–148028–34
George Washington UniversityYes*All / 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 (unless allowed by the NCAA).2723649.71%1320–146030–34
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.518649.88%1280–143029–33
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.98349.95%1250–146030–33
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.902249.99%1150–135024–29
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.878750.32%1260–143028–33
Syracuse UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Syracuse extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admissions cycle.4148951.75%1260–141028–32
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.532452.18%
Fairfield UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyFairfield University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1335952.18%1260–136028–31
Southern Methodist UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicySMU offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without SAT or ACT scores.1615052.25%1390–150031–34
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.457852.32%1190–128026–31
University of San DiegoYes (TF)2021, 2022, 2023, 2024University of San Diego has extended their temporary test free policy to the Fall 2024 semester.1433452.61%
Pepperdine UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyPepperdine offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without submitting SAT or ACT scores.1185552.71%1280–143025–30
Providence CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyProvidence College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1112952.78%1130–133025–31
Rhodes CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyRhodes offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.525353.91%1320–145028–32
Santa Clara UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Santa Clara University has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024 terms.1684853.98%1300–146029–33
Austin CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyAustin College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.519254.37%1120–136023–29
California State Polytechnic University—PomonaYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.4972155.19%
Pennsylvania State University—University ParkYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Penn State has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2025 term.8578455.21%1220–138026–31
University of ConnecticutYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026UConn has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2026 term.3675355.60%1230–143027–33
Texas Christian UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025TCU has extended their temporary test optional policy through 2025.1619756.10%1140–136026–31
The 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.725156.27%1260–143027–32
Gettysburg CollegeYesAll / 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.579656.31%1350–144028–32
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.552456.41%1300–146028–33
Biola UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyBiola University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.422556.62%
Soka University of AmericaYesAll / Permanent PolicySoka University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without submitting SAT or ACT scores.49856.63%1280–141026–27
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Virginia Tech has extended their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2025.4532156.98%1220–142026–32
New SchoolYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe New School offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.952457.18%
Ohio State University—ColumbusYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025OSU has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2025.5818057.18%1260–142026–32
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteYes (TF)2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028, 2029WPI has adopted an eight year test free policy, which means the university does not accept scores in the application process, beginning with the Fall 2021 application cycle.1159957.48%
Bentley UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Bentley University has extended their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2025.966257.88%1280–140028–32
California State University—FresnoYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.1812257.94%950–113016–22
Colorado School of MinesYesAll / Permanent PolicyMines offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1088658.00%1340–146030–33
Fordham UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Fordham University has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2025 admissions.4627558.30%1320–145030–33
John Brown UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyJBU offers a test optional admission policy. However, some international students may be required to submit scores.144258.39%1100–136021–28
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.1100059.09%1220–135027–32
Texas Lutheran UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyTLU offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without submitting SAT or ACT scores.268359.30%1018–116019–24
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.466559.72%1160–135026–31
University of VermontYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026University of Vermont has extended their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2026.3023159.79%1280–142028–32
Bard CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyBard College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.516159.99%1290–147028–33
Wofford 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.442560.18%
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.272960.28%1130–134023–31
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.696561.22%1020–124021–28
SUNY College of Environmental Science and ForestryYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe SUNY system offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.201861.40%1120–131023–29
Wabash CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyWabash offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.191461.49%1140–132022–29
Yeshiva UniversityYes*All / Permanent PolicyYeshiva offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for regular admission without SAT/AC scores. However, honors applicants are required to submit scores.141061.63%1210–145025–31
Centre CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyCentre College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scors.274662.35%1200–1470
Texas A&M University—College StationYesAll / Permanent PolicyTexas A&M offers a test optional policy.4342262.65%1160–138025–31
Milwaukee School of EngineeringYesAll / Permanent PolicyMSOE offers a test optional policy.547863.42%1190–139025–31
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.517263.50%1270–138029–32
University of Massachusetts—AmherstYesAll / Permanent PolicyUMass Amherst offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.4545163.52%1280–145029–33
University of South CarolinaYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024The University of South Carolina has extended their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2024 admissions.4218864.05%1200–138027–32
The College of New JerseyYes*2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026The College of New Jersey has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2025–26 admission cycle. However, test scores are required for Nursing students and the Accelerated Seven-Year Medical School opportunities.1030264.43%1160–133024–30
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024RPI has extended their temporary test optional police to the 2023–24 admission cycle. However, students applying to the Physician-Scientist Program will be required to submit the appropriate testing.1686364.51%1380–150030–33
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University—Daytona BeachYesAll / 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 AP Exams.982564.85%1140–133023–30
Drury UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyDrury University offers a test optional policy, which allows domestic students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.194965.42%1070–125023–30
Muhlenberg CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyMuhlenberg College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.432965.51%1200–140029–33
Concordia College—MoorheadYesAll / Permanent PolicyConcordia College offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.377465.53%1410–141021–28
Abilene Christian UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyACU offers a test optional policy. However, only students who submit test scores will be considered for the honors college and elligible for some scholarships.1122665.79%1030–125020–27
DePauw 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.570865.80%1160–136024–31
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.246165.91%1080–125022–28
Illinois Institute of TechnologyYesAll / Permanent PolicyIllinois Tech offers a test optional policy.652066.10%1230–140026–32
University of HoustonYes*All / Permanent PolicyUniversity of Houston requires the SAT or ACT. However, they will waive this requirement for students who rank in the top 10% of their class or have a 3.45+ GPA.2978366.24%1170–133023–29
Albion CollegeYes2021, 2022, 2023Albion has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2023 term.682766.52%
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.187966.52%1140–134024–31
Brigham Young University—ProvoYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025BYU has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Winter 2026 term.1055966.67%1280–145027–32
California State University—FullertonYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.4874966.72%930–119018–26
Rochester Institute of 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 scores2376366.95%1280–143029–33
Furman UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyFurman University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.751067.02%1280–143027–32
Beloit CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyBeloit offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.327767.32%1230–138024–28
Texas Tech UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Texas Tech has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2025 entry terms.3540067.34%1110–126023–28
Drake UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyDrake University offers a test optional policy, which it refers to as a "test-flexible" plan, which allows students to either write an essay or sit for an interview in lieu of submitting test scores. However, homeschooled students, as well as applicants to certain programs, are not eligible for test optional admission.858067.44%1190–138025–30
Stonehill CollegeYes (TF)2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Stonehill College has has extended their temporary test free policy to Fall 2024.696167.69%1120–129024–29
University at Buffalo—SUNYYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe SUNY system offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.3093967.71%1190–138025–32
Kennesaw State UniversityYes*2022, 2023, 2024The University System of Georgia has announced that all institutions will resume test score admission requirements beginning with the Spring semester of 2022. Any student applying to a University System of Georgia school in 2022 and beyond will have to submit an SAT or ACT test score. However, students applying to Kennesaw State with a 3.2+ GPA may be considered without scores.2110667.85%1030–120019–25
University at Albany—SUNYYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe SUNY system offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.2603167.89%1120–132022–31
University of North Carolina—WilmingtonYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024The UNC System has reinstated their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2024.1579267.98%1220–132024–28
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—New BrunswickYesAll / Permanent PolicyRutgers—New Brunswick offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.4316168.16%1240–147027–33
Ball 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.2294768.17%1030–121020–27
University of North GeorgiaYes*2022, 2023, 2024The University System of Georgia has announced that all institutions will resume test score admission requirements beginning with the Spring semester of 2022. Any student applying to a University System of Georgia school in 2022 and beyond will have to submit an SAT or ACT test score. However, students applying to UNG with a 3.0+ GPA may be considered without scores.959968.22%1010–119019–25
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.508268.38%1230–139027–32
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.666368.59%1270–140029–32
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024NJIT has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2024.1157869.14%1100–144027–33
University of TulsaYes*All / Permanent PolicyUniversity of Tulsa offers a test optional policy, however, test scores are strongly encouraged. Applicants to the Early Careers in Medicine program are required to submit scores.1204269.18%1070–135021–30
University of California—RiversideYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe UC system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT/ACT scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships.5468569.22%
Hofstra 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.2357769.33%1190–137026–31
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.414869.65%1120–137023–30
Gonzaga UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyGonzaga University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without test scores.988669.77%1210–140026–31
Georgia StateYes*2022, 2023, 2024The University System of Georgia has announced that all institutions will resume test score admission requirements beginning with the Spring semester of 2022. Any student applying to a University System of Georgia school in 2022 and beyond will have to submit an SAT or ACT test score. However, students applying to Georgia State with a 3.4+ GPA may be considered without scores.3464769.92%990–121019–27
Berry CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyBerry College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without standardized test scores.522069.94%1100–127023–29
Saint Louis UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicySaint Louis University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT/ACT scores.1504770.05%
St. Mary's College of 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.352370.08%
DePaul UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyDePaul University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled students and international students are not eligible for test optional admission.3178570.17%1090–1290
Oklahoma State UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyOklahoma State University offers a test optional policy. However, test scores are required for most university scholarships.1911770.63%1010–124020–27
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.946670.83%1050–126022–31
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.303870.87%1180–136024–31
Randolph-Macon CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyRandolph-Macon College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT/ACT scores.246070.89%1050–124021–27
Presbyterian College (SC)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.196470.98%1010–122019–26
Virginia Military InstituteYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024VMI has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admission cycle.119271.06%1120–127022–29
St. John Fisher UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyFisher offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.451571.10%1120–126023–29
University of San FranciscoYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity of San Francisco offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.2310371.18%1230–139027–31
Queens University of 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.315471.27%1080–124022–29
Elmhurst CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyElmhurst offers a test optional policy. Students who choose to apply TO will be required to submit an essay.376271.29%1010–121022–29
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 ACT Writing Test.748171.50%1080–128022–28
Hollins UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyHollins offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT/ACT scores.331072.30%1140–130025–30
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.1369072.52%1220–138026–31
University of DelawareYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity of Delaware offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.3396572.66%1170–135026–31
University of Hawai'i at MānoaYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity of Hawai'i offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scors. However, please note that scholarships or department direct entry programs may require test scores for consideration.1897472.77%
Adelphi UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028Adelphi University has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2027–28 admissions cycle.1730172.78%
University of OklahomaYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025University of Oklahoma has adopted a five-year test optional policy beginning with the 2020-21 admission cycle. Test scores are encouraged for scholarship consideration.2154872.92%1130–132023–29
Drew UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyDrew University offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.398973.15%1120–130024–30
Earlham 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.137573.24%1160–135024–32
University of IdahoYes*2021, 2022, 2023, 2024The University of Idahos requires either the SAT or the ACT. However, applicants through 2024 may apply test-optional with a 2.6+ GPA. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.1339373.85%1000–124020–27
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyGustavus Adolphus College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.378173.90%25–31
Lipscomb UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Lipscomb University has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2024 term.342273.99%1120–128022–29
University of DaytonYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe University of Dayton offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT/ACT scores.1856674.30%1160–135023–30
Mercer UniversityYes*All / Permanent PolicyMercer University requires test scores. However, students with an unweighted GPA of 3.5+ are able to apply test optional.758674.39%1210–134026–31
Elon UniversityYes*All / Permanent PolicyElon offers a test optional policy. However, students applying to the Nursing, Accelerated Pathways to PA and DPT and the Accelerated 3+1 Business Dual-Degree programs are required to submit scores. Nursing applicants must have a minimum SAT score of 1100 and ACT 22. Home-schooled applicants and students attending U.S. high schools that do not issue letter grades are required to submit standardized test scores for admission and scholarship consideration.1755174.46%1180–133025–30
Clarkson UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyClarkson University offers a test optional policy.701174.58%1190–137025–32
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.209974.61%1100–131023–30
Washington CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyWashington College has a test-optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without submitting SAT or ACT scores. However, homeschooled applicants and internantional applicants are not eligible for test optional admission.255474.71%1200–137025–29
University of RedlandsYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity of Redlands offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.471374.75%1100–125023–28
University of Minnesota—Twin CitiesYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025University of Minnesota—Twin Cities has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2025 terms.3805074.91%1300–147027–32
SUNY—GeneseoYesAll / Permanent PolicySUNY-Geneseo offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT/ACT scores.906974.93%1170–131025–31
Lawrence UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyLawrence University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.290774.96%1230–146027–32
University of La 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.598475.10%970–130018–25
Bradley UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyBradley University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1135275.14%1070–128024–30
Mississippi State UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyMississippi State offers a test optional policy. While SAT and ACT scores are not required for admission, they are recommended for scholarship consideration.1883075.19%1070–128021–29
Ithaca 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.1244675.20%1210–136028–32
Wayne State UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024WSU has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admission cycle.1400275.32%980–122020–28
University of Illinois—ChicagoYesAll / Permanent PolicyUIC offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT/ACT scores.2456275.49%1120–132024–27
College of CharlestonYesAll / Permanent PolicyCollege of Charleston is test optional.2202075.69%1140–129024–30
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.797775.69%1220–140024–31
Louisiana State University—Baton RougeYes*All / Permanent PolicyLSU requires SAT or ACT scores, however students who earn at least a 3.0 GPA on core classes or 18 early college credits with a 2.5 GPA may apply without test scores.3885375.72%1140–131023–28
Luther CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyLuther College offers a test optional policy. However, who do not meet the minimum academic requirements may be asked to provide additional transcripts, test scores, educator references, or essays.249576.07%1090–132022–29
University of Rhode IslandYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025University of Rhode Island has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admission cycle.2510576.46%1130–128025–30
University of MissouriYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Mizzou has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2025 term.1996676.55%1130–135023–30
Seton Hall UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026Seton Hall has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2026 term.2341776.61%1250–1400
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.422977.04%1070–129020–27
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.358077.09%1180–134025–31
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.293477.30%1130–135028–30
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—NewarkYes (TF)*All / Permanent PolicyRutgers—Newark offers a test free policy, which means they will not consider SAT or ACT scores as part of the admission process. However, applicants to the 7-year BA/MD joint program are required to submit scores.1445677.43%1030–127021–28
University of 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.1934277.68%1240–139028–32
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.734078.11%
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.3072778.31%1160–131023–29
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 ACT Writing Test.270978.33%1070–127022–28
Towson UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyTowson offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1777078.60%1030–123019–25
University of Nebraska—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 ACT Writing Test.1908578.68%1110–133022–28
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.1244678.88%1100–128023–29
University of Arkansas—FayettevilleYes*2021, 2022, 2023, 2024The University of Arkansas requires either the SAT or the ACT. Fall 2024 applicants with a 3.2+ GPA may apply test optional, however, they are required to submit scores for enrollment. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.2621078.94%1040–121021–28
Central Michigan UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024CMU has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Spring 2025 semester. However, homeschooled students or students whose high schools do not provide grades are not eligible for TO admission.1988878.95%980–120021–27
University of Colorado—BoulderYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity of Colorado—Boulder offers a test optional admission policy.5486179.14%1170–138026–31
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.4090979.15%1130–132027–32
Cornell CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyCornell College has a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores. Students who apply test optional are expected to respond to two additional written prompts on their applications, and to submit portfolios.305779.33%1210–132023–30
Appalachian State UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024The UNC System has reinstated their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2024.1817879.51%1180–122022–27
Drexel UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Drexel has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2023–24 admission cycle.3704079.61%1240–142027–32
University of North Carolina—CharlotteYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024The UNC System has reinstated their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2024.2135579.64%1090–128020–26
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.3866679.70%1130–136024–31
Kalamazoo CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyKalamazoo College offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.333479.96%1160–137024–30
Northern Arizona UniversityYesAll / 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.4485579.99%1060–126019–25
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.4600080.00%1200–140027–32
University of AlabamaYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Bama has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2025 term.5407280.06%1090–137022–31
Willamette UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyWillamette University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admissions without SAT or ACT scores.399580.60%1240–142027–33
Goucher CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyGoucher College offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.292880.74%1140–132026–33
University of Texas—ArlingtonYesAll / Permanent PolicyUTA is test score optional for admission. However, test scores can help in determining admissions decisions, scholarship opportunities, and Texas Success Initiative (TSI) exemptions.2196380.80%1000–124018–26
Hanover CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyHanover College offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.284881.00%1070–122023–29
University of New 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.1367681.27%20–26
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.214281.33%990–117019–27
University of North TexasYes*All / Permanent PolicyUniversity of North Texas requires either the SAT or ACT. However, they will waive this requirement for students with a 3.0+ GPA. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.2485481.44%1020–123019–26
St. Mary's College (IN)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.241181.50%1065–125022–28
West Virginia UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyWVU has a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores.1863981.61%1050–124021–27
University of Alaska, AnchorageYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity of Alaska, Anchorage offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.435281.87%1020–122017–24
Point Loma Nazarene UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyPLNU does not require an SAT or ACT score for admission. Some merit aid at PLNU does still require a test score to be awarded.314981.93%1170–137023–30
Westmont CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyWestmont College offers a test otional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.232681.99%1220–142030–33
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.1338682.06%1130–132024–30
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.1978782.43%1080–125022–27
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.2565182.53%1130–138022–30
Simmons UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicySimmons University offers a test optional policy.290582.55%1080–125024–29
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.534582.66%1190–137027–32
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.381882.71%1200–135027–32
University of AkronYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe University of Akron offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scors.1228282.87%970–122018–25
Washington State UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyWSU offers a test free policy, which means they do not consider SAT/ACT scores as part of the admissions process.1940183.10%
Boise StateYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyBoise State offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT/ACT scores. However, homeschooled students and students who attend non-accredited high schools are required to submit test scores.1564883.13%
University of St. Thomas (MN)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.671883.16%1160–135024–29
Eastern Michigan UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Eastern Michigan University has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2024.1991983.23%930–117018–25
Samford UniversityYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Samford University has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2024 term.433783.26%1090–127023–29
University of North DakotaYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity of North Dakota offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without SAT or ACT scores.659783.28%1100–128020–26
Loyola University 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.964383.48%1190–135026–33
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.1519984.02%1100–129022–28
San Francisco State UniversityYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.3143084.09%940–113016–23
San Jose State UniversityYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.3044284.37%1030–131020–31
Western Michigan UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyWMU offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT/ACT scores.2050184.55%1000–122019–27
St. John's University (NY)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.2460784.67%1110–131024–29
University of Texas—DallasYesAll / Permanent PolicyUTD offers a test optional policy.2150084.74%1180–141024–32
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.262985.05%1160–132026–30
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.793485.15%1160–136024–30
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 ACT Writing Test.1328585.25%1010–122018–24
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.742885.35%1120–128022–29
Missouri University of Science & TechnologyYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Missouri S&T has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2025 term.553385.40%1330–142026–32
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.580185.59%1110–134022–29
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.470985.79%1170–133025–30
University of IowaYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity of Iowa is test optional, which means eligible students can apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.2572986.00%1140–134022–28
University of CincinnatiYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024The University of Cincinnati has extended its temporary test optional policy through Fall 2024. However, standardized test scores are still required for admission into some programs.2902486.21%1170–135024–29
Illinois StateYesAll / Permanent PolicyIllinois State offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without standardized test scores.1959686.24%1020–120021–27
Michigan Technological UniversityYes*2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Michigan Technological University has extended their temporary test optional policy to the Fall 2024 semester. However, homeschooled students and students with a GPA below 3.0 may be asked to submit test scores.856986.29%1140–133024–30
University of 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.3715486.29%1140–137024–30
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.330686.30%1110–129023–29
Missouri State UniversityYes*All / Permanent PolicyMissouri State University requires either the SAT or ACT, however, it will waive the requirement for students with a 3.25+ GPA. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.959186.57%1060–120021–27
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.5210386.74%1140–136021–29
University of Texas, San AntonioYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity of Texas, San Antonio offers a test optional policy, which allows studenrs to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.2329586.90%1010–121019–26
California State University—Los AngelesYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.3394186.94%
University of New 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.2101686.99%1130–131026–31
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.515087.18%1150–132026–30
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.1588387.21%1180–135026–31
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.168987.80%21–31
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 ACT Writing Test.1620487.84%1090–132021–28
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.274087.88%1190–140024–31
Michigan State UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyMichigan State offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.5334187.95%1110–132024–30
Kent StateYesAll / Permanent PolicyKent State requires either the SAT or ACT. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.2036988.02%990–121018–25
Susquehanna UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicySusquehanna University offers a test optional policy, which allows applicants to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.468888.03%1090–125022–28
University of Washington—BothellYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe University of Washington—Bothell offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT/ACT scores.453788.08%1150–136025–32
Washington and Jefferson 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.341488.08%1020–125019–18
Ohio UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyOhio University has a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores.2173388.55%1070–129022–27
Texas State UniversityYes*All / Permanent PolicyTexas State offers a test optional policy for students in the top 75% of their graduating class. All students ranked in the fourth quartile of their class must submit scores that meet assured admission standards for admission.2845388.60%990–117019–26
Miami University—OxfordYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Miami Ohio has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admission cycle.2999088.60%1180–135024–30
Wheaton College (IL)Yes*All / Permanent PolicyWheaton offers a test optional policy. However, students applying from non-accredited schools are required to submit scores.187288.68%1260–142028–33
Georgia Southern UniversityYes*2022, 2023, 2024The University System of Georgia has announced that all institutions will resume test score admission requirements beginning with the Spring semester of 2022. Any student applying to a University System of Georgia school in 2022 and beyond will have to submit an SAT or ACT test score. However, students applying to Georgia Southern with a 3.2+ GPA may be considered without scores.1468088.89%990–114018–23
University of UtahYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe University of Utah offers a test optional admission policy, which allows students to apply without SAT or ACT scores.2107289.13%1200–138022–29
University of California—MercedYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe UC system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT/ACT scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships.2889589.50%1030–135020–31
Arizona State UniversityYes*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 ACT Writing Test.6878989.75%
Humboldt State University Yes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.923689.89%1040–127021–24
George Mason 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.2000190.00%1160–134025–31
California State University—NorthridgeYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.2627690.15%
Iowa State UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyIowa State is test optional, which means eligible students can apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.2191990.22%1100–135021–28
California State University—San BernardinoYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.1558190.62%860–107018–23
Transylvania 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.178190.68%1120–136023–29
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyVirginia Commonwealth University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply without SAT or ACT scores. However, submission of test scores remains a requirement for all Guaranteed Admission Programs in the Honors College. All first-year applicants will be considered for scholarships as long as other scholarship consideration requirements are met. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.1840290.73%1040–129022–30
Colorado State UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyColorado State University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.3312290.77%1080–128023–29
Utah StateYesAll / Permanent PolicyUSU offers a test optional policy. While SAT or ACT scores are not required for application, they are recommended for scholarship consideration.1527690.95%1050–131021–28
Montclair StateYesAll / Permanent PolicyMontclair State offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.2139391.31%970–1200
California State University—ChicoYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.2213791.81%930–120020–28
Duquesne UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyDuquesne offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.963491.93%1160–129024–29
University of North Carolina—GreensboroYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024The UNC System has reinstated their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2024.1151591.94%1110–128022–27
California State University—SacramentoYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.2544392.25%
University of 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.1256492.26%1060–128021–28
California State University—Monterey BayYes (TF)All / Permanent PolicyThe Cal State system offers a test free policy, meaning they will not consider SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process.1258292.28%1020–126020–28
Goshen CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyGoshen offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT/AC scores.99192.33%1010–122026–30
Hope CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyHope College offers a test optional policy.417292.38%1120–133025–32
East CarolinaYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024The UNC System has reinstated their temporary test optional policy through Fall 2024.2138392.40%1070–123018–24
University of PortlandYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025University of Portland has extended their temporary test optional policy to Fall 2025.1012292.51%1220–141027–31
University of Texas, Rio Grande ValleyYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025UTRGV has extended their temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admission cycle.1097092.57%930–112016–21
Portland StateYes*All / 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.792693.09%1080–129018–27
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.589193.23%1130–142025–33
Stetson UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyStetson University offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores.734493.80%1060–126020–27
University of KentuckyYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028UK has extended their temporary test optional policy to students entering in the 2028–29 academic year.2169594.01%1080–131022–29
Valparaiso UniversityYesAll / Permanent PolicyValparaiso offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scors.684294.15%
University of MaineYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity of Maine offers a test optional policy, which allows students to apply for admission without SAT or ACT scores.1444794.16%1080–132024–30
Kansas State 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 ACT Writing Test.970395.14%1130–130020–27
Old Dominion UniversityYes*All / Permanent PolicyODU offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT or ACT scores. However, not all applicants may be eligible for test optional admission. Please check with the university.1443595.14%1100–124022–27
University of Wisconsin—MilwaukeeYes2021, 2022, 2023, 2024The University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee has extended its temporary test optional policy to the 2024–25 admission cycle.1535595.20%
University of MontanaYesAll / Permanent PolicyUniversity of Montana offers a test optional policy, which allows students to be considered for admission without SAT/ACT scores.894395.38%1100–128019–26
University of WyomingYes*2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025Test scores are not currently required for undergraduate admission decisions to the University of Wyoming. Though not required, scores are recommended for financial assistance. Students who have earned their GED and are under 21 years old must submit SAT or ACT scores.579795.98%1030–123020–27
Western KentuckyYes*All / Permanent PolicyWKU requires either the SAT or ACT. However, it will waive this requirement for students who have a 2.5+ GPA.750596.95%990–116018–25
University of MississippiYes*2021, 2022, 2023, 2024Ole Miss has extended their temporary test optional policy for students with a 2.0+ GPA. Although they are not requiring a standardized test score for admission for the 2024–25 academic year, ACT/SAT scores are still very important for scholarships, some aid programs and for academic placement.2231197.38%
The CitadelYesAll / Permanent PolicyThe Citadel is a test optional institution.225398.58%1100–125023–27
University of South DakotaYes*All / Permanent PolicyUniversity of South Dakota requires either the SAT or ACT. However, they will waive this requirement for students who have a 2.6+ GPA, rank in the top 50% of their class, or achieve a 3 or higher on the English Language Arts and Mathematics Smarter Balanced Assessments. It does not require the optional ACT Writing Test.448099.46%1050–126019–25
University of Texas—El 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.1049399.92%870–99016–22
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.7357100.00%18–25
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.N/A19.00%
Millsaps CollegeYesAll / Permanent PolicyMillsaps College offers a test optional policy.N/A68.00%
Adam Ingersoll

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

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