More Than Half of All U.S. Colleges and Universities Are Already ACT/SAT Optional for Fall 2022 Applicants

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for immediate release Wednesday, February 17, 2021

MORE THAN HALF OF U.S. FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

ARE ACT-SAT OPTIONAL FOR FALL 2022 ADMISSION;

NEW FAIRTEST LIST HELPS HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS IDENTIFY SCHOOLS

WHERE THEY WILL BE VIEWED AS “MORE THAN A SCORE”

High school juniors planning to apply to college in fall 2022 can rest a bit easier about the application process. Fifty-five percent of all bachelor-degree granting schools in the U.S. have already announced that they will not require ACT or SAT standardized exam scores for at least one more admission cycle.

A new, free directory published by FairTest, the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, (https://fairtest.org/university/optional) lists 1,350 U.S. four-year colleges and universities as test-optional or test-free for fall 2022 applicants.  The National Center for Education Statistics counts 2,330 bachelor’s degree granting institutions across the country.

FairTest’s list of schools not requiring ACT or SAT scores from current high school juniors includes all eight members of the Ivy League, other selective private institutions such as Emory, Rice, and Stanford, and many flagship public universities such as Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia, Wisconsin and the University of California. Nearly all of the nation’s most selective liberal arts colleges will also remain test optional through fall 2022, including Amherst, Bowdoin, Swarthmore and Wellesley.

“More schools are announcing ACT/SAT-optional policies for fall 2022 – and often additional years – every day,” explained FairTest interim Executive Director Bob Schaeffer. “The spike of standardized exam requirement suspensions we saw last year was not a one-time phenomenon. Schools have experienced the value of test-optional policies. Typically, those that drop test mandates see more applicants with stronger academic qualifications. They also end up with more diversity of all sorts, including race, family income and first-generation status.”

Schaeffer continued, “Eliminating ACT/SAT requirements is a ‘win-win’ for both schools and prospective applicants. FairTest’s directory of test-optional schools hosted an all-time high of more than half a million visitors last year. In the first six weeks of 2021, web traffic has jumped another 50% over last year’s record level. There’s no question that many teenagers are eager to be judged as ‘more than a score.’”

FairTest has led the nation’s test-optional admissions movement since the late 1980s. Reports about how and why ACT and SAT requirements should be dropped are posted on the group’s website, https://fairtest.org/.

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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 over the past 15 years is posted at:http://www.fairtest.org/sites/default/files/Optional-Growth-Chronology.pdf