Test Score Submit Rates for Class of 2025

Friday, May 20, 2022

Percentage of SAT and ACT Score Submissions for the Class of 2025

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way higher education institutions review applications with many colleges choosing to adopt a temporary test-optional application review process. However, with record-breaking applicant pools and record-low admit rates, families are worried that test-optional may not really mean test-optional at all. Here is what we know, so far.

What Exactly is a ‘Test-Optional’ Policy and Is It Here to Stay?

Test-optional institutions do not require submission of standardized testing scores but will still accept and review SAT and ACT scores when evaluating your application, should you choose to submit them. With the news that some schools may be sticking with test-optional, at least for a little while longer, it’s important to address just how optional test scores are to colleges with these policies.

It’s unclear how many colleges will choose to adopt a test-optional policy permanently. Many schools, like Harvard University, have committed to staying test-optional for the next few years to ensure no one impacted by the pandemic will be denied access to their admissions process. Some schools, like The University of California school system, have even committed to remain test-blind for the foreseeable future.

On the other hand, some schools have already reinstated their testing requirements for the current cycle or have committed to doing so from next year, like MIT, which views standardized tests as an opportunity for students to demonstrate their academic preparedness where socioeconomic disadvantages may otherwise prohibit them from doing so.

Should I Still Submit My Scores to a College with a Test-Optional Policy?

Far fewer candidates submitted test scores in 2020-2021 than in the 2019-2020 application cycle. While a test-blind policy may work in your favor if you do not have the strongest test results, it is always best to err on the side of caution and submit scores when you can. While choosing to withhold standardized testing results might not hinder your application, it could mean the difference of admission between you and another strong candidate who did opt to submit results.

It is also important to consider that test scores are one of the most significant metrics used in calculating college rankings and colleges that adopt test-optional policies may favor candidates who submit scores for their own ranking purposes. After all, many ranking systems (including the one developed by US News & World Report) will only factor in a college’s test scores if a certain percentage of their applicants submit them.

Many colleges and universities have reported record-breaking applicant numbers with record-low acceptance rates this year, so to make your application competitive, you should strongly consider submitting test scores. Remember, many schools will superscore your SAT and ACT results to ensure you have the best chance of admission.

Curious about the test-optional acceptance rates of your best-fit list? Keep reading to learn more about which percentage of accepted applicants at those schools submitted their SAT/ACT scores during the 2020-2021 admissions cycle (Class of 2025).

CollegeScore Submit Rates by Admitted and Matriculated Students*Total Percentage of Admitted Students Submitting ScoresTotal Percentage of Applicants Submitting Scores
Amherst College35% submitted SAT; 31% submitted ACT63%Data not released
Barnard College30% submitted SAT; 21% submitted ACT50% of admitted and matriculated students submitted test scoresData not released
Bowdoin College55% submitted SAT; 33% submitted ACT56% of admitted and matriculated students submitted test scoresData not released
Brown University51% submitted SAT; 30% submitted ACTData not releasedData not released
Columbia UniversityInstitution did not release this data for this cycleData not releasedData not released
Cornell University40.8% submitted SAT; 19.7% submitted ACTData not releasedData not released
Dartmouth CollegeInstitution did not release this data for this cycleData not releasedData not released
Duke UniversityCommon Data Set not yet publishedData not released56%
Emory University37% submitted SAT; 27% submitted ACT69%Data not released
Georgetown UniversityCommon Data Set not yet publishedJust under 90%80%
Georgia Tech53% submitted SAT; 36% submitted ACT79%Data not released
Harvard UniversityCommon Data Set not yet publishedData not releasedData not released
Middlebury College31% submitted SAT; 23% submitted ACT53% of admitted and matriculated students submitted test scoresOver 50%
MITCommon Data Set not yet publishedData not releasedData not released
Northwestern UniversityCommon Data Set not yet publishedData not releasedData not released
Pomona College37% submitted SAT; 29% submitted ACT57%Data not released
Princeton University56% submitted SAT; 35% submitted ACTData not releasedData not released
Rice UniversityCommon Data Set not yet published80% during the Regular Decision cycle (Early Decision cycle data not released)Data not released
Stanford University12.6% submitted SAT; 8.7% submitted ACTData not releasedData not released
Tulane University15% submitted SAT; 41% submitted ACTApproximately 60%Data not released
Tufts University31% submitted SAT; 23% submitted ACTJust under 60%Roughly 50%
University of GeorgiaCommon Data Set not yet publishedUnder 60%Roughly 50%
University of Michigan54% submitted SAT; 32% submitted ACTData not releasedData not released
University of Notre Dame48% submitted SAT; 52% submitted ACT66%Data not released
University of PennsylvaniaCommon Data Set not yet published74% during the Regular Decision cycle and 76% during the Early Decision cycleRegular Decision data not released; 62% during the Early Decision cycle
University of Southern CaliforniaCommon Data Set not yet published47% of admitted and matriculated students submitted test scoresData not released
University of Virginia51% submitted SAT; 21% submitted ACTData not released57%
Vanderbilt University25% submitted SAT; 32% submitted ACT61.1%56.3%
Washington University in St. LouisCommon Data Set not yet published63% of admitted and matriculated students submitted test scores59%
Wellesley College37% submitted SAT; 23% submitted ACTApproximately 50%Approximately 40%
Wesleyan University51% submitted SAT; 27% submitted ACT59%Data not released
Williams College43% submitted SAT; 28% submitted ACTData not releasedData not released
Yale University54% submitted SAT; 35% submitted ACT

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*Data includes any students who submitted both the SAT and ACT.

Keep checking back for updates as more colleges release their most recent Common Data Sets!

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