Test Score Submit Rates for the Class of 2027

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

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The COVID-19 pandemic shifted the way higher education institutions review applications, with many colleges choosing to adopt a 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 have committed to staying test-optional for the next few years. Some schools, like those in the University of California system, have even committed to remain test-blind for the foreseeable future, while Columbia University has implemented a permanent test-optional policy. On the other hand, some schools have already reinstated their testing requirements, like MIT, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Yale.

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

While a test-optional policy may work in your favor if you do not have the strongest test results, it is typically 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 U.S. 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 in recent years, 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 data for the schools on your best-fit college list? Keep reading to learn more about which percentage of accepted applicants at those schools submitted their SAT/ACT scores during the 2022-2023 admissions cycle (class of 2027).

College Importance of Scores in Admission Decisions Score Submit Rates by Admitted and Matriculated Students* Additional Data on Test-Submission Rates
Amherst College Very Important 38% submitted SAT
17% submitted ACT
Unknown
Babson College Very important 30% submitted SAT
6% submitted ACT
Unknown
Barnard College Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Bates College Considered 18% submitted SAT
10% submitted ACT
Unknown
Baylor University Very important 45% submitted SAT
26% submitted ACT
Unknown
Boston College Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Boston University Considered 30% submitted SAT
10% submitted ACT
Applicants submitting test scores: 41%
Enrollees submitting test scores: 38%
Bowdoin College Considered 36.7% submitted SAT
21.8% submitted ACT
Enrollees submitting test scores: 56%
Brown University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Bucknell University Important 67% submitted SAT
22% submitted ACT
Applicants submitting test scores: 42.94%
Admits submitting test scores: 56.75%
Case Western Reserve University Considered 43% submitted SAT
23% submitted ACT
Unknown
Claremont McKenna College Considered 29% submitted SAT
16% submitted ACT
Unknown
Clark University Considered 17% submitted SAT
4% submitted ACT
Admits submitting test scores: 23%
College of Charleston Considered 21% submitted SAT
11% submitted ACT
Unknown
College of the Holy Cross Considered 35% submitted SAT
19% submitted ACT
Unknown
College of William and Mary Very Important 45% submitted SAT
17% submitted ACT
Applicants submitting test scores: 70%
Admits submitting test scores: 70%
Colorado College Considered 20% submitted SAT
17% submitted ACT
Admits submitting tests scores: 53%
Columbia University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Cornell University Unknown 42% submitted SAT
14% submitted ACT
Enrollees submitting test scores: 53%
Dartmouth College Very Important
(Test scores required for fall 2025)
Data not released Unknown
Davidson College Considered 30% submitted SAT
27% submitted ACT
Unknown
DePaul University Very Important 42% submitted SAT
ACT info not released
Enrollees submitting test scores: 42%
Duke University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Elon University Varies by program 24% submitted SAT
16% submitted ACT
Unknown
Emory University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Fairfield University Considered 21% submitted SAT
5% submitted ACT
Admits submitting test scores: 29%
Georgia Institute of Technology Considered 77% submitted SAT
35% submitted ACT
Test scores required
Gonzaga University Important 25% submitted SAT
9% submitted ACT
Unknown
Hamilton College Considered 33.77% submitted SAT
16.88% submitted ACT
Unknown
Harvard University Data not yet released

(Test scores required for fall 2025)

Data not yet released Data not yet released
Harvey Mudd College Considered 51% submitted SAT
17% submitted ACT
Unknown
Haverford College Considered 40% submitted SAT
14% submitted ACT
Enrollees submitting test scores: ~50%
Indiana University Important 40.9% submitted SAT
16.2% submitted ACT
Admits submitting test scores: 54%
Lafayette College Important 31% submitted SAT
14% submitted ACT
Unknown
Lehigh University Important 33% submitted SAT
10% submitted ACT
Applicants submitting test scores: 50%
Loyola Marymount University Considered 22% submitted SAT
9% submitted ACT
Unknown
Loyola University – Chicago Considered 38% submitted SAT
21% submitted ACT
Unknown
Macalester College Considered 30% submitted SAT
28% submitted ACT
Enrollees submitting test scores: 44%
Marquette University Important 14% submitted SAT
27% submitted SAT
Enrollees submitting test scores: 38%
Middlebury College Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Northeastern University Very Important 27% submitted SAT
8% submitted ACT
Applicants submitting test scores: ~50%
Northwestern University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Pitzer College Test-blind Test-blind Test-blind
Pomona College Considered 29% submitted SAT
15% submitted ACT
Data not released
Princeton University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Providence College Considered 60% submitted SAT
13% submitted ACT
Applicants submitting test scores: 32%
Admits submitting test scores: 41%
Enrollees submitting test scores: 28%
Reed College Test-blind Test-blind Test-blind
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Considered 57% submitted SAT
13% submitted ACT
Unknown
Rice University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Considered 43.5% submitted SAT
19.7% submitted ACT
Unknown
Southern Methodist University Important 17% submitted SAT
15% submitted ACT
Unknown
Stanford University Considered 47% submitted SAT
22% submitted ACT
Unknown
Swarthmore College Considered 40% submitted SAT
14% submitted ACT
Unknown
Syracuse University Considered 22% submitted SAT
9% submitted ACT
Unknown
Texas Christian University Considered 20% submitted SAT
15% submitted ACT
Unknown
Texas A&M, College Station Considered 78% submitted SAT
22% submitted ACT
Unknown
Trinity University Considered 40% submitted SAT
19% submitted ACT
Admits submitting test scores: 54%
Enrollees submitting test scores: 43%
Tufts University Data not yet released Data not yet released Applicants submitting test scores: 50%
Admits submitting test scores: 40%
Tulane University Important 14% submitted SAT
31% submitted ACT
Admits submitting test scores: 50%
A majority of enrolling students did not submit test scores.
University of California – Berkeley Test-blind Test-blind Test-blind
University of California – San Diego Test-blind Test-blind Test-blind
University of Colorado – Boulder Considered 31% submitted SAT
14% submitted ACT
Unknown
University of Denver Important 27% submitted SAT
16% submitted ACT
Admits submitting test scores: 39%
Enrollees submitting test scores: 38%
University of Georgia Important 69.73% submitted SAT
46.69% submitted ACT
Test scores required
University of Maryland – College Park Considered 41% submitted SAT
7% submitted ACT
Enrollees submitting test scores: 48.35%
University of Massachusetts – Amherst Considered 27% submitted SAT
3.9% submitted ACT
Applicants submitting test scores: <40%
University of Miami Very Important 32% submitted SAT
21% submitted ACT
Unknown
University of Michigan Important 52% submitted SAT
18% submitted ACT
Unknown
University of Notre Dame Considered 30% submitted SAT
28% submitted ACT
Admits submitting test scores: 63%
University of Pennsylvania Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
University of Richmond Important 21% submitted SAT
16% submitted ACT
Unknown
University of Southern California Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
University of Virginia Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
University of Washington – Seattle Importance of Scores in Admission Decisions: Not Considered (“At the UW, you will not be disadvantaged for sending low scores or for not sending scores. In fact, when reading your application, the reviewers will not see your test scores, if provided. However, test scores that fall above their middle 50% (see the freshman profile for more information) may be considered for a handful of students who may not otherwise be admitted.”) 14% submitted SAT
5% submitted ACT
Unknown
University of Wisconsin – Madison Considered 16% submitted SAT
38% submitted ACT
Unknown
Vanderbilt University Important 25% submitted SAT
26% submitted ACT
Applicants submitting test scores: 53.70%
Admits submitting test scores: Similar to the percentage of applicants who submitted test scores
Vassar College Considered 26% submitted SAT
13% submitted ACT
Enrollees submitting test scores: 40%
Virginia Tech Considered 45% submitted SAT
9% submitted ACT
Unknown
Washington and Lee University Considered 27% submitted SAT
25% submitted ACT
Enrollees submitting test scores: 52%
Washington University in St. Louis Data not yet released Data not yet released Applicants submitting test scores: 57%
Enrollees submitted test scores: 56%
Wellesley College Considered 42% submitted SAT
17% submitted ACT
Unknown
Wesleyan University Considered 52% submitted SAT
19% submitted ACT
Admits submitting test scores: 58%
Williams College Considered 42% submitted SAT
18% submitted ACT
Unknown
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Test-blind Test-blind Test-blind
Yale University Considered 56% submitted SAT
26% submitted ACT
Data not yet released

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

Keep checking back for updates as more colleges release data!

Not sure whether you should apply test-optional or not? IvyWise can help! Our team of expert college admissions counselors can give a thorough evaluation of your applicant profile and create a strategic plan of action based on your grades, test scores, activities, interests, and more. Contact us today for more information and to set up an Initial Consultation.

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