SAT/ACT Optional 4-Year Universities
Test Score Optional List
Schools That Do Not Use SAT or ACT Scores for Admitting Substantial Numbers of Students Into Bachelor Degree Programs
Current as of Spring 2013
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This list includes colleges and universities that deemphasize 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 2012; College Board 2012 College Handbook; U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2013 Edition; admissions office websites; news reports; email communications; and phone interviews.
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.
|1||SAT/ACT used only for placement and/or academic advising|
|2||SAT/ACT required only from out-of-state applicants|
|3||SAT/ACT 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|
|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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