Test Score Submit Rates for Class of 2025
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).
|College||Score Submit Rates by Admitted and Matriculated Students*||Total Percentage of Admitted Students Submitting Scores||Total Percentage of Applicants Submitting Scores|
|Amherst College||35% submitted SAT; 31% submitted ACT||63%||Data not released|
|Barnard College||30% submitted SAT; 21% submitted ACT||50% of admitted and matriculated students submitted test scores||Data not released|
|Bowdoin College||55% submitted SAT; 33% submitted ACT||56% of admitted and matriculated students submitted test scores||Data not released|
|Brown University||51% submitted SAT; 30% submitted ACT||Data not released||Data not released|
|Columbia University||Institution did not release this data for this cycle||Data not released||Data not released|
|Cornell University||40.8% submitted SAT; 19.7% submitted ACT||Data not released||Data not released|
|Dartmouth College||Institution did not release this data for this cycle||Data not released||Data not released|
|Duke University||Common Data Set not yet published||Data not released||56%|
|Emory University||37% submitted SAT; 27% submitted ACT||69%||Data not released|
|Georgetown University||Common Data Set not yet published||Just under 90%||80%|
|Georgia Tech||53% submitted SAT; 36% submitted ACT||79%||Data not released|
|Harvard University||Common Data Set not yet published||Data not released||Data not released|
|Middlebury College||31% submitted SAT; 23% submitted ACT||53% of admitted and matriculated students submitted test scores||Over 50%|
|MIT||Common Data Set not yet published||Data not released||Data not released|
|Northwestern University||Common Data Set not yet published||Data not released||Data not released|
|Pomona College||37% submitted SAT; 29% submitted ACT||57%||Data not released|
|Princeton University||56% submitted SAT; 35% submitted ACT||Data not released||Data not released|
|Rice University||Common Data Set not yet published||80% during the Regular Decision cycle (Early Decision cycle data not released)||Data not released|
|Stanford University||12.6% submitted SAT; 8.7% submitted ACT||Data not released||Data not released|
|Tulane University||15% submitted SAT; 41% submitted ACT||Approximately 60%||Data not released|
|Tufts University||31% submitted SAT; 23% submitted ACT||Just under 60%||Roughly 50%|
|University of Georgia||Common Data Set not yet published||Under 60%||Roughly 50%|
|University of Michigan||54% submitted SAT; 32% submitted ACT||Data not released||Data not released|
|University of Notre Dame||48% submitted SAT; 52% submitted ACT||66%||Data not released|
|University of Pennsylvania||Common Data Set not yet published||74% during the Regular Decision cycle and 76% during the Early Decision cycle||Regular Decision data not released; 62% during the Early Decision cycle|
|University of Southern California||Common Data Set not yet published||47% of admitted and matriculated students submitted test scores||Data not released|
|University of Virginia||51% submitted SAT; 21% submitted ACT||Data not released||57%|
|Vanderbilt University||25% submitted SAT; 32% submitted ACT||61.1%||56.3%|
|Washington University in St. Louis||Common Data Set not yet published||63% of admitted and matriculated students submitted test scores||59%|
|Wellesley College||37% submitted SAT; 23% submitted ACT||Approximately 50%||Approximately 40%|
|Wesleyan University||51% submitted SAT; 27% submitted ACT||59%||Data not released|
|Williams College||43% submitted SAT; 28% submitted ACT||Data not released||Data not released|
|Yale University||54% 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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