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Due to test dates being canceled, and problems students have gaining access to testing locations as a result of COVID-19, hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide are going SAT and ACT optional for students applying to college for Spring or Fall 2021.

Below is a list of schools that have announced they are test-optional (or were already test-optional before COVID). This list may not be complete. There may be more who have not yet announced changes to their testing requirements.

Testing requirements may differ for international students. Check with the schools you are applying to, because while some may not require the ACT or SAT, they may recommend it, or recommend other test requirements for all students and/or specific majors.

In addition, many require test scores in order to be considered for merit or other scholarships, and others may have additional stipulations.

List of ACT and SAT Test-Optional Schools

  • Adelphi University
  • American University
  • Amherst College
  • Angelo State University
  • Arcadia University
  • Babson College
  • Barnard College
  • Baylor University
  • Bellarmine University
  • Bentley University
  • Berea College
  • Berry College
  • Bethel University
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Bradley University
  • Bridgewater College
  • Brigham Young University
  • Brown University
  • Butler University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • California Lutheran University
  • California State University schools
  • Carleton College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Carthage College
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Central Michigan University
  • Centre College
  • Chapman University
  • CUNY schools
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Clarkson University
  • Clemson University
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • Colgate University
  • College of Charleston
  • College of New Jersey
  • College of St. Benedict
  • College of William and Mary
  • College of Wooster
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Columbia University
  • Concordia College (MN)
  • Concordia University, Nebraska
  • Cooper Union
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Davidson College
  • Delaware State University
  • Dominican University
  • Drexel University
  • Drury University
  • Duke University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Eckerd College
  • Elizabethtown College
  • Elmhurst University
  • Elon University
  • Emory University
  • Florida Southern College
  • Fordham University
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Franklin College
  • Georgetown University
  • Goshen College
  • Gonzaga University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Greenville University
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvard University
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Haverford College
  • Hollins University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Illinois State University
  • Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • John Carroll University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kent State University
  • Kenyon College
  • Lafayette College
  • Lamar University
  • Lehigh University
  • Lewis University
  • Lipscomb University
  • Loras College
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • Luther College
  • Macalester College
  • Manhattan College
  • Marietta College
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • McGill University
  • Mercer University
  • Miami University-Oxford (OH)
  • Michigan State University
  • Middlebury College
  • Millsaps College
  • Minnesota State University-Moorhead
  • Misericordia University
  • Missouri State University
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • North Dakota State University
  • North Park University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oakland University
  • Oberlin College
  • Occidental College
  • Oglethorpe University Ohio State University Ohio University Olin College of Engineering Oregon State University Pacific University Pennsylvania State University Pepperdine University Pomona College Pratt Institute Princeton University Reed College Regis University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhodes College Rhode Island School of Design Rice University Rochester Institute of Technology Rowan University Rutgers University-New Brunswick St. John Fisher College St. John's University (MN) Saint Louis University St. Mary's University (TX) St. Olaf College Salisbury University Saint Mary’s College of California Santa Clara University Scripps College Seattle Pacific University Seattle University Seton Hall University Skidmore College Smith College Soka University of America Southern Methodist University Stanford University SUNY schools Stephen F. Austin State University Stevens Institute of Technology Stevenson University Swarthmore College Syracuse University Texas A&M University Texas Christian University Texas Tech University Towson University Tufts University Tulane University University of California schools University of Central Missouri University of Cincinnati University of Colorado-Boulder University of Connecticut University of the Cumberlands University of Delaware University of Dubuque University of Hawaii-Mānoa University of Illinois-Chicago University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign University of Louisville University of Lynchburg University of Maine University of Maryland-Baltimore County University of Maryland-College Park University of Massachusetts-Amherst University of Miami University of Michigan University of Minnesota-Duluth University of Minnesota-Twin Cities University of Missouri University of New Mexico University of North Alabama University of North Carolina schools University of Notre Dame University of Oklahoma University of Oregon University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh University of Redlands University of Rhode Island University of Richmond University of St. Francis University of San Diego University of South Carolina University of Southern California University of Tennessee University of Texas-Austin University of Texas-San Antonio University of Toronto University of Utah University of Vermont University of Virginia University of Washington University of Wisconsin-Madison Valparaiso University Vanderbilt University Vassar College Villanova University Virginia Military Institute Virginia Tech Wabash College Washington and Lee University Washington State University Washington University in St. Louis Wellesley College West Virginia University West Virginia Wesleyan College Wheaton College (IL) Willamette University Williams College Yale University


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