List of SAT/ACT Optional Colleges for 2020-21

By IvyWise on Monday, November 2, 2020

2020-21 test optional schools UPDATED: List of 2020-21 Test-Optional Colleges

In light of cancellations for many spring and summer ACT and SAT exams because of COVID-19, a number of colleges have decided to shift to a test-optional admissions process for the 2020-21 admissions cycle.

Limited testing availability for both the ACT and SAT this fall, and the decision to not move forward with at-home testing, has forced colleges and universities across the US to suspend the requirement for SAT or ACT scores as part of the admissions process. FairTest.org is reporting that nearly half of all four-year colleges and universities int he US have gone test-optional for the fall, and now that all Ivy Leagues and Stanford have moved to test-optional for the 2020-21 admissions cycle, students can expect most colleges and universities in the US to do the same.

Currently, over 400 colleges and universities have affirmed that students will not be penalized for the absence of SAT or ACT scores with their applications this fall.

However, some schools have made it clear that they still value these scores in some capacity, so they are encouraging students to submit them if they already have them. Other schools, like Princeton, are giving students more time to get their applications together (including test scores if possible) by eliminating the early application round and accepting applications only in the regular round. US News and World Report has also announced it will rank test-blind colleges, giving more flexibility to schools that have decided not to accept test scores at all this year.

Curious if any of the colleges on your best-fit list are making the move to a test-optional application review process?Keep reading to learn more about which institutions are putting a pause on requirements for SAT and/or ACT scores for the 2020-21 admissions cycle.

 

SchoolTest-Optional for:
Alfred University2020-21 application cycle
Alma College2020-21 application cycle
Amherst College2020-21 application cycle
Anderson UniversityPermanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Babson College2020-21 application cycle
Barnard College2020-21 application cycle
Baylor University2020-21 application cycle
Bentley University2020-21 application cycle
Bethel UniversityPermanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Boston College2020-21 application cycle
Boston University2020-21 application cycle
Brown University2020-21 application cycle
Buena Vista University2020-21 application cycle
Butler UniversityPermanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Cal State system2020-21 application cycle
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)2-year period beginning with the 2020-21 admissions cycle
California Lutheran University2020-21 application cycle
Carleton College2020-21 application cycle
Carnegie Mellon University2020-21 application cycle
Case Western Reserve University2020-21 application cycle
Centre College3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 admissions cycle
Claremont McKenna College2020-21 application cycle
Coastal Carolina University2020-21 application cycle
Colgate University3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
College of Charleston2020-21 application cycle
College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University (Minnesota)Permanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
College of WoosterPermanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Columbia University2020-21 application cycle
Cooper Union2-year period beginning with the 2020-21 admissions cycle
Concordia University2020-21 application cycle
Cornell University2020-21 application cycle
Dartmouth College2020-21 application cycle
Davidson CollegePermanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Drexel University2020-21 application cycle
Drury UniversityPermanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Duke University2020-21 application cycle
Elon University3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Emory University2020-21 application cycle
Fordham University2-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Georgetown University2020-21 application cycle
Gonzaga University2020-21 application cycle
Grand Valley State University2020-21 application cycle
Grinnell College2020-21 application cycle
Hamilton College2020-21 application cycle
Harvard University2020-21 application cycle
Harvey Mudd College2020-21 application cycle
Haverford College3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Indiana University – BloomingtonPermanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Indiana University – South BendPermanently beginning in for fall 2020 admission
Johns Hopkins University2020-21 application cycle
Lafayette College2020-21 application cycle
Lehigh University2020-21 application cycle
Limestone UniversityFall 2020 admission
Loyola Marymount University2020-21 application cycle
Loyola University – New OrleansPermanently test-blind beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Macalester CollegePermanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Mansfield UniversityFall 2020 admission
Meredith College2020-21 application cycle
Middlebury College3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Millersville UniversityFall 2020 admission
MIT2020-21 application cycle (Will also no longer accept SAT Subject Test scores for consideration starting with the 2020-21 admissions cycle.)
Montana University system2020-21 application cycle
New York University2020-21 application cycle
Northeastern University2020-21 application cycle
Northwestern University2020-21 application cycle
Oakland University2-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Oberlin College3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Oregon State UniversityPermanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Penn State University2020-21 application cycle
Pepperdine University­­International students for the 2020-21 application cycle
Pomona College2020-21 application cycle
Princeton University2020-21 application cycle
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)2020-21 application cycle
Rhodes College3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Rice University2020-21 application cycle
Rochester Institute of TechnologyPermanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Rutgers University2020-21 application cycle
Saginaw Valley State University2020-21 application cycle for students with 3.0 or higher GPA
Saint Louis University2020-21 application cycle
Santa Clara University2-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Scripps CollegePermanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
St. Mary’s University2020-21 application cycle
St. Olaf CollegePermanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
St. Thomas Aquinas CollegeFall 2020 admission
Stanford University2020-21 application cycle
Swarthmore College2-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Texas Christian University2020-21 application cycle
Texas Tech University2020-21 application cycle
Trinity University3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Tufts University3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Tulane University2020-21 application cycle
University of California system2020-21 application cycle
University of Connecticut3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
University of Delaware 2020-21 application cycle
University of Hawaii2020-21 application cycle
University of Louisville2020-21 application cycle
University of Miami2020-21 application cycle
University of Michigan2020-21 application cycle
University of Notre Dame2020-21 application cycle
University of OregonPermanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
University of Pennsylvania2020-21 application cycle
University of Richmond2020-21 application cycle
University of San DiegoPermanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
University of Southern California2020-21 application cycle
University of ToledoPermanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
University of Virginia2020-21 application cycle
UVA Wise2020-21 application cycle
University of Washington2020-21 application cycle
Vanderbilt University2020-21 application cycle
Vassar College2020-21 application cycle
Villanova University2020-21 application cycle
Virginia Tech2020-21 application cycle
Washington & Lee University2020-21 application cycle
Washington University in St. Louis2020-21 application cycle
Wayland Baptist University2020-21 application cycle
Wellesley College2020-21 application cycle
Westminster CollegeFall 2020 admission
William & Mary3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Williams College2020-21 application cycle
Yale University2020-21 application cycle

 

While there have been significant changes to the college search and application process due to COVID-19, it is possible to feel confident about your applications by doing your research and preparing accordingly. If you are in the midst of your own college search and looking for expert guidance, our team of college admissions counselors can offer personalized insight.

Also check out our IvyWise Knowledgebase for the latest updates on how COVID-19 is impacting admissions and download our free 2020-21 College Prep Guide for information and insight on how to prepare for college admissions this fall.

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