More Than 1,830+ Schools Do Not Require ACT/SAT Scores From Current High School Seniors Applying For Fall 2022

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for immediate release Wednesday, December 8, 2021

MORE THAN 1,830+ SCHOOLS DO NOT REQUIRE ACT/SAT SCORES

FROM CURRENT HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS APPLYING FOR FALL 2022;

1,400+ HAVE ALREADY EXTENDED TEST-OPTIONAL OR TEST-BLIND

ADMISSIONS POLICIES TO COVER CURRENT COLLEGE BOUND JUNIORS

As many high school seniors work on their college applications due in early January, a new tally shows that nearly 80% of bachelor’s degree-granting colleges and universities are not requiring ACT or SAT scores from students seeking to enroll in fall 2022.

According to an updated list released today by the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), more than 1,815 colleges and universities now practice test-optional or test-blind admissions, an all-time high. The list includes nearly all of the nation’s most selective colleges and universities.

FairTest also found that at least 1,400 institutions have already extended those policies at least through the fall 2023 admissions cycle. Among the schools that will not require ACT or SAT tests from current high school juniors are well-know private institutions, such as Amherst, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford and Tufts. In addition, many public university systems including those in California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, and Washington will remain test-optional or test-blind.

FairTest Executive Director Bob Schaeffer explained, “Evaluating undergraduate applicants without test scores is here to stay. 80% of schools are ACT/SAT-optional or test-blind for current high school seniors. More than three-fifth of all colleges and universities in the nation have already committed to remaining test-optional or test-blind for fall 2023 applicants. We expect the final percentage to be substantial higher.”

Immediately before the COVID-19 pandemic, 1,070 schools were test-optional with only one test-blind. The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics currently recognizes about 2,330 bachelor-degree granting colleges and universities which enroll first-year students

“A major reason for the explosive expansion of ACT/SAT-optional and test-blind policies is their effectiveness,” Schaeffer continued. “Schools that did not require standardized exam score submission for fall 2021 admission – current first-year undergraduates -- generally received more applicants, better academically qualified applicants, and more diverse pools of applicants. With such positive results, there’s no rational reason to restore test-score requirements.”

FairTest has led the U.S. test-optional admissions movement since the late 1980s. At that time, fewer than three dozen colleges and universities did not mandate ACT or SAT score submission from applicants.

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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 -- sort geographically by clicking on “State”.

-   A chronology of schools dropping ACT/SAT requirements with details about the duration of those policies is at:http://www.fairtest.org/sites/default/files/Optional-Growth-Chronology.pdf

-  A sub-list of 86 campuses with test-blind, score-free or test-free policies (ACT/SAT results not considered if submitted): http://www.fairtest.org/sites/default/files/Test-Blind-Admissions-List.pdf