870+ Accredited Colleges and Universities That Do Not Use ACT/SAT Scores to Admit Substantial Numbers of Students Into Bachelor-Degree Programs
Current as of Fall 2016 – please DONATE NOW so FairTest can keep this list up to date
This list includes institutions that are "test optional," "test flexible" or otherwise de-emphasize the use of standardized tests by making admissions decisions -- without using ACT or SAT scores -- for all or many applicants who recently graduated from U.S. high schools.
As the endnotes indicate, some schools exempt students who meet minimum grade-point average or class rank criteria; others require SAT or ACT scores but use them only for placement purposes. Please check with the school's admissions office for details
International applicants should refer to this list for specific ACT/SAT requirements for students attending high schools outside North America.
- Chronology of 165+schools de-emphasizing ACT/SAT use since 2005
- List of 240+ 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
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Sources: Barron's Profiles of American Colleges 2015; College Board 2017 College Handbook; U.S. News & World Report College Guide 2016; admissions office websites; and news reports.
|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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