2019 The Best Year Ever for Test-Optional Higher Ed. Admissions

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for immediate release Wednesday, September 18, 2019

BEST YEAR EVER FOR TEST-OPTIONAL HIGHER ED. ADMISSIONS

AS 47 ADDITIONAL INSTITUTIONS DROP ACT/SAT SCORE REQUIREMENTS;

MORE THAN HALF OF “TOP 100” LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES

ARE AMONG 1,050 SCHOOLS NO LONGER REQUIRING STANDARDIZED EXAMS

This is a record year for colleges and universities deciding that students can apply without submitting ACT or SAT standardized exam scores. Over the past twelve months, 47 schools have announced new test-optional admissions policies, according to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), which maintains the master database. That brings the total of accredited, bachelor-degree institutions that will make decisions about most applicants without regard to test scores to 1,050. 

More than half of the U.S. News “Top 100” liberal arts colleges now have ACT/SAT-optional policies. So do a majority of colleges and universities in the six New England states and several other jurisdictions including Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

All told, U.S. News includes more than 360 test-optional and test-flexible schools in the first tiers of their respective categories. Top-rated test-optional colleges include Bates, Bowdoin, Colorado College, Furman, Holy Cross, Pitzer, Rollins, Sewanee, Smith, Trinity, Wesleyan and Whitman. Among leading national universities, Brandeis, George Washington, Rochester, University of Chicago, Wake Forest and Worcester Polytechnic are all ACT/SAT-optional. 

“The past year has seen the fastest growth spurt ever of schools eliminating ACT/SAT requirements,” explained FairTest Public Education Director Bob Schaeffer. “This summer alone, 20 colleges and universities went test-optional, a pace of more than one per week.”

“We are especially pleased to see many public universities and access-oriented private colleges deciding that test scores are not needed to make sound educational decisions,” Schaeffer continued. “By going test-optional, they increase diversity without any loss in academic quality. Eliminating ACT/SAT requirements is a ‘win-win’ for students and schools.”

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- FairTest’s frequently updated directory of test-optional, 4-year schools is available free online at https://www.fairtest.org/university/optional

-  A list of test-optional schools ranked in the top tiers by U.S. News & World Report is posted at http://www.fairtest.org/sites/default/files/Optional-Schools-in-U.S.News-Top-Tiers.pdf

-  A chronology of schools dropping ACT/SAT requirements is at http://www.fairtest.org/sites/default/files/Optional-Growth-Chronology.pdf