Colleges Extending Test-Optional Policies for 2021-22

By IvyWise on Monday, March 1, 2021

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

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the college entrance exam testing industry, which resulted in a number of colleges shifting to test-optional admissions process for the 2020-21 admissions cycle. Now that schools have a glimpse into 2021, many colleges are extending their test-optional policies for the 2021-22 admissions cycle (and beyond!)

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Limited testing availability for both the ACT and SAT in 2020, 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.

72% of colleges and universities adopted test-optional policies this year, and now some schools that implemented a one year test-optional policy are now extending that policy for the next 1-2 years.

Cornell University and Columbia University were the two first Ivy League schools to announce that they are extending their test-optional policies for the 2021-22 admissions cycle. This means that current juniors planning to apply to those schools will NOT be required to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their undergraduate applications. Harvard has also extended it’s test-optional policy for another year.

Earlier in 2020 when schools first announced they were going test-optional, over 400 colleges and universities affirmed that students will not be penalized for the absence of SAT or ACT scores with their applications this fall. However, some schools still made it clear that they value these scores in some capacity, so they were encouraging students to submit them if they already have them. Other schools, like Princeton, give 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 and in the next admissions cycle.

Curious if any of the colleges on your best-fit list are extending their test-optional policies ? Keep reading to learn more about which institutions are putting a pause on requirements for SAT and/or ACT scores.

 

School Test-Optional for:
Alfred University 2020-21 application cycle
Alma College 2020-21 application cycle
Amherst College Extended through Fall 2023 admission
Anderson University Permanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Babson College Extended through Fall 2025 admission
Barnard College Extended through Fall 2023 admission
Baylor University Extended through Fall 2023 admission
Bentley University Extended through Fall 2023 admission
Bethel University Permanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Boston College Extended through 2022-23 application cycle
Boston University 2020-21 application cycle
Brown University Extended through 2021-22 application cycle
Buena Vista University 2020-21 application cycle
Butler University Permanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Cal State system Extended through Spring 2023 admission
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) 2-year period beginning with the 2020-21 admissions cycle
California Lutheran University 2020-21 application cycle
Carleton College 2020-21 application cycle
Carnegie Mellon University 2020-21 application cycle
Case Western Reserve University 2020-21 application cycle
Centre College 3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 admissions cycle
Claremont McKenna College 2020-21 application cycle
Coastal Carolina University 2020-21 application cycle
Colgate University 3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
College of Charleston Extended through Fall 2023 admission
College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University (Minnesota) Permanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
College of Wooster Permanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Columbia University Extended for 2021-22 application cycle
Cooper Union 2-year period beginning with the 2020-21 admissions cycle
Concordia University 2020-21 application cycle
Cornell University Extended for 2021-22 application cycle
Dartmouth College Extended for 2021-22 application cycle
Davidson College Permanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Drexel University 2020-21 application cycle
Drury University Permanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Duke University 2020-21 application cycle
Elon University 3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Emory University Extended for 2021-22 application cycle
Fordham University 2-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Georgetown University 2020-21 application cycle
Gonzaga University 2020-21 application cycle
Grand Valley State University 2020-21 application cycle
Grinnell College 2020-21 application cycle
Hamilton College Extended through 2023 admission
Harvard University Extending for 2021-22 application cycle
Harvey Mudd College Extended through 2022 admission
Haverford College 3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Indiana University – Bloomington Permanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Indiana University – South Bend Permanently beginning in for fall 2020 admission
Johns Hopkins University Extended through Fall 2022 admission
Lafayette College Extended through Fall 2022 admission
Lehigh University 2020-21 application cycle
Limestone University Fall 2020 admission
Loyola Marymount University 2020-21 application cycle
Loyola University – New Orleans Permanently test-blind beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Macalester College Permanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Mansfield University Fall 2020 admission
Meredith College 2020-21 application cycle
Middlebury College 3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Millersville University Extended through Fall 2022 admission
MIT 2020-21 application cycle (Will also no longer accept SAT Subject Test scores for consideration starting with the 2020-21 admissions cycle.)
Montana University system 2020-21 application cycle
New York University Extended for 2021-22 application cycle
Northeastern University 2020-21 application cycle
Northwestern University Extended for 2021-22 application cycle
Oakland University 2-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Oberlin College 3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Oregon State University Permanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Penn State University 2020-21 application cycle; extended through 2022-23 cycle
Pepperdine University­­ International students for the 2020-21 application cycle
Pomona College 2020-21 application cycle
Princeton University Extended for 2021-22 application cycle
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) 2020-21 application cycle
Rhodes College 3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Rice University Extended for 2021-22 application cycle
Rochester Institute of Technology Permanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Rutgers University Extended through 2022 admission
Saginaw Valley State University 2020-21 application cycle for students with 3.0 or higher GPA
Saint Louis University Permanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
Santa Clara University 2-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Scripps College Permanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
St. Mary’s University 2020-21 application cycle
St. Olaf College Permanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
St. Thomas Aquinas College Fall 2020 admission
Stanford University Extended for 2021-22 application cycle
Swarthmore College 2-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Syracuse University Extended for 2021-22 application cycle
Texas Christian University Extended through the 2023 admission
Texas Tech University 2020-21 application cycle
Trinity University 3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Tufts University 3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Tulane University Extended for 2021-22 application cycle
Union College Extended for 2021-22 application cycle
University of California system 2020-21 application cycle
University of Connecticut 3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
University of Delaware 2020-21 application cycle
University of Hawaii 2020-21 application cycle
University of Louisville Extended through 2022 admission
University of Miami 2020-21 application cycle
University of Michigan 2020-21 application cycle
University of Notre Dame Extended through Fall 2023 admission
University of Oregon Permanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
University of Pennsylvania Extended for 2021-22 application cycle
University of Pittsburgh Extended through 2022-23 application cycle
University of Richmond Extended through Spring 2022 admission
University of San Diego Permanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
University of Southern California Extended through Spring 2024 admission
University of Texas – Austin Extended for the 2021-22 cycle
University of Toledo Permanently beginning in the 2020-21 cycle
University of Virginia Extended two years through 2022-23 application cycle
UVA Wise 2020-21 application cycle
University of Washington Permanently beginning the 2020-21 cycle
Vanderbilt University Extended through 2022 admission
Vassar College Extended through Fall 2023 admission
Villanova University Extended through Fall 2022 admission
Virginia Tech 2020-21 application cycle
Washington & Lee University Extended through Fall 2022 admission
Washington University in St. Louis Extended through Fall 2022 admission
Wayland Baptist University 2020-21 application cycle
Wellesley College Extended through Fall 2022 admission
Westminster College Permanently beginning the 2020-21 cycle
William & Mary 3-year period beginning with the 2020-21 cycle
Williams College Extended for next two years (2021-22 & 2022-23 cycles)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Permanently test-blind beginning in 2021-22 cycle
Yale University Extended for 2021-22 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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