850+ Colleges and Universities That Do Not Use SAT/ACT Scores to Admit Substantial Numbers of Students Into Bachelor Degree Programs
Current as of Fall 2016
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This list includes institutions that are "test optional," "test flexible" or otherwise de-emphasize the use of standardized tests by making admissions decisions about substantial numbers of applicants who recently graduated from U.S. high schools without using the SAT or ACT.
As the notes indicate, some schools exempt students who meet grade-point average or class rank criteria while others require SAT or ACT scores but use them only for placement purposes or to conduct research studies. Please check with the school's admissions office to learn more about specific admissions requirements, particularly for international or non-traditional students.
Sources: Barron's Profiles of American Colleges 2015; College Board 2017 College Handbook; U.S. News & World Report College Guide 2016; admissions office websites; news reports; and email communications
Note: Schools with live links to their websites and admissions offices have paid a modest fee for this service. Linking does not imply any form of endorsement. If your institution would like to participate in the live link program, please contact FairTest at (617) 477-9792 or by clicking CONTACT US above.
The List is organized alphabetically by school - if you click the word state at the top it will re-sort itself by state.
Also Available as PDF:
- Chronology of 150+ schools de-emphasizing ACT/SAT use since 2005
- List of 220+ test-optional and test-flexible schools ranked in the top tiers of their respective categories
- Comparison of number of high school graduates who had taken the ACT and SAT annually over the past 30 years
|1||SAT/ACT used only for placement and/or academic advising|
|2||SAT/ACT required only from out-of-state applicants|
|3||SAT/ACT may be required but considered only when minimum GPA and/or class rank is not met|
|4||SAT/ACT required for some programs|
|5||Test Flexible: SAT/ACT not required if other college level exams specified by school, such as SAT Subject Test, Advanced Placement, or Int’l Baccalaureate, submitted -- contact school for details|
|6||Placement test or school-specific admissions exam score required if not submitting SAT/ACT|
|7||Admission/Eligibility Index calculated with 3.5 GPA and combined SAT Critical Reading plus Math score of 400|
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