1,400+ U.S. Four-Year Colleges and Universities Will Not Require ACT/SAT Scores for Fall 2022 Entry

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for immediate release Wednesday, April 28, 2021

AT LEAST 1,400 U.S. FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

WILL NOT REQUIRE ACT-SAT SCORES FOR FALL 2022 ENTRY;

TEST-OPTIONAL/TEST-BLIND POLICIES ARE THE “NEW NORMAL” FOR ADMISSIONS

AT MORE THAN 60% OF ALL BACHELOR-DEGREE INSTITUTION

The number of accredited, bachelor-degree granting colleges and universities that will not require current high school juniors applying for fall 2022 admission to submit test scores has topped 1,400 schools. That’s more than 60% of the 2,330 undergraduate institutions in the United States.

An updated list of ACT/SAT-optional and test-blind schools https://fairtest.org/university/optional was released today by the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest). The organization has led the movement to eliminate admissions exam requirements for more than three decades.

“Last year’s sharp spike of admissions exam suspensions was not a one-time phenomenon,” explained FairTest Executive Director Bob Schaeffer. “Schools that waived ACT/SAT score requirements during the pandemic generally saw more applicants, better academically qualified academics, and more diversity of all sorts. Now, most are extending those policies for at least another year.”

“Test-optional and test-blind policies are a ‘win-win’ for both students and schools,” Schaeffer continued. “Removing ACT/SAT requirements is a proven way to promote both academic excellence and admissions equity.” Many published studies have found that students admitted without test scores do as well academically as peers who submitted ACT/SAT results.

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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 16 years with details about the duration of those policies is at:http://www.fairtest.org/sites/default/files/Optional-Growth-Chronology.pdf