List of Schools That Do Not Require ACT or SAT Scores for Admissions

The use of ACT and/or SAT scores for college admissions has recently been a hot topic in higher education and universities have started to seek alternate requirements to evaluate applicants or drop the test score requirement altogether. According to a study by Washington Post writer, Nick Anderson, one of the newest major universities to drop the standardized test requirement is George Washington University.  In his article, he writes that there are about 850 accredited bachelor degree granting universities that don’t require a test score for admission.

However, it is important to note that universities are handling the test score requirement in many different ways. Some  schools will exempt students with a specific GPA and class ranking from submitting test scores. Other colleges will continue to require a test score for scholarships, class placements, or other non-admissions reasons. Lastly, some schools do not require students to submit test scores at all.

The National Center for Fair and Open Testing ( also known as FairTest) compiled a list of 181+ leading colleges and universities that don’t require a test score for admission. They are a non-profit that works to prevent misuse and abuse of standardized tests. FairTest Public Education Director Bob Schaeffer said that the growing number of test-optional schools “recognizes that no test—not the SAT, old or new, nor the ACT – is needed for high-quality admissions.”

We are going to provide an abbreviated list of these 181+ schools. They are broken down by National Liberal Arts schools, National Universities, and Regional Universities and Colleges. Take some time to research these schools as you might find that they are a great fit for your student. The ranking corresponds to the college’s ranking from the 2015 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges guide.

National Liberal Arts College

5. Bowdoin College (ME)
7. Middlebury College (VT) “Test Flexible”
15. Colby College (ME) “Test Flexible”
19. Smith College (MA)
27. Bryn Mawr (PA)
34. College of the Holy Cross (MA)
35. Pitzer College (CA)
37. Dickinson College (PA)
41. Mount Holyoke College (MA)45. Sewanee — The University of the South (TN)
50. Gettysburg College (PA)
51. Furman University (SC)
56. St. John’s College (MD)
59. Lawrence University (WI)
59. Sarah Lawrence College (NY)
61. Beloit College (WI)
64. Kalamazoo College (MI).
69. Wheaton College (MA)
73. Agnes Scott College (GA)
73. Earlham College (IN)
77. Lewis and Clark (OR)
81. Allegheny College (PA)
81. University of Puget Sound (WA)
89. Bennington College (VT)
96. Washington & Jefferson College (PA)
99. Ohio Wesleyan (OH)
99. St. Michael’s College (VT)
105. Augustana College (IL)
113. Siena College (NY)
116 Susquehanna University (PA)
120. St. Anselm College (NH)
124. Presbyterian College (SC)
129. McDaniel College (MD)
139. Wittenberg University (OH)
155. William Jewell College (MO)
159. Lycoming College (PA)
165. Warren Wilson College (NC)
172. Guilford College (NC)
177. Albright College (PA)

National Universities

27. Wake Forest University (NC)
32. New York University (NY) “Test Flexible”
33. University of Rochester (NY) “Test Flexible”
35. Brandeis University (MA)
53. Univ. of Texas – Austin (TX) “Top 8%”
54. George Washington University
68. Texas A & M (TX) “Top 10%”
68. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)
71. American University (DC)
76. Clark University (MA)
116. Duquesne University (PA)
121. DePaul University (IL)
121. Temple University (PA)
121. University of Arizona (AZ)
129. Arizona State University (AZ)
135. Hofstra University (NY)
138. George Mason University (VA)
142. Kansas State University (KS)
145. Univ. of Texas – Dallas (TX)
156. Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)
194. University of Nevada – Reno (NV)

Regional Universities – North
2. Providence College (RI)
3. Loyola University (MD)
7. University of Scranton (PA)
9. Ithaca College (NY)
11. Saint Joseph’s University (PA)
19. Rowan University (NJ)
28. Wagner College (NY)
31. Hood College (MD)
38. Sacred Heart University (CT)
41. Roger Williams University (RI)
50. Montclair State University (NJ)
56. Chatham University (PA)
60. Emmanuel College (MA)
65. Johnson and Wales University (RI)
83. Manhattanville College (NY)
87. SUNY Potsdam (NY)
103. Plymouth State University (NH)
120. Utica College (NY)
125. Keuka College (NY)
135. Cabrini College (PA)

Regional Universities — South
2. Rollins College (FL)
6. Stetson University (FL)
13. University of Mary Washingotn (VA)
17. Christopher Newport University (VA)
18. Hampton University (VA)
34. Radford University (VA)
65. St. Thomas University (FL)

Regional Universities – Midwest
3. Drake University (IA)
14. Baldwin-Wallace College (OH)
48. University of Wisconsin –Whitewater (WI)
80. Robert Morris University (IL)
84. Wayne State College (NE)

Regional Universities – West
9. Whitworth University (WA)
35. California State Univ. – Chico (CA)
38. San Jose State University (CA)
40. California State Univ. – Fullerton (CA)
43. Sonoma State University (CA)
46. California State Univ. – Fresno (CA)
55. California State Univ. – Stanislaus (CA)
58. Walla Walla University (WA)
66. California State Univ. – San Bernadino (CA)
68. University of Alaska – Anchorage (AK)
75. California State Univ. – Channel Islands (CA)
80. Hawaii Pacific University (HI)
84. Western Oregon University (OR)

Regional Colleges – North
4. Elizabethtown College (PA)
6. Lebanon Valley College (PA)
7. University of Scranton (PA)
9. Merrimack College (MA)
12. Bard College at Simon’s Rock (MA)
17. Wilson College (PA)
18. University of Maine – Farmington (ME)
24. Cazenovia College (NY)
26. Dean College (MA)
28. Pennsylvania College of Technology (PA)
31. Unity College (ME)
33. SUNY College of Technology – Delhi (NY)
37. University of Maine – Fort Kent (ME)
40. Nichols College (MA)
46. Washington Adventist University (MD)

Regional Colleges – South
16. Catawba College (NC)
37. Belmont Abbey College (NC)
40. Keiser University (FL)
54. Lees-McRae College (NC)
64. Indian River State College (FL)
70. Everglades University (FL)

Regional Colleges – Midwest

47. Olivet College (MI)
64. Dunwoody College of Technology (MN)

Regional Colleges — West

6. Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OK)
25. St. Gregory’s University (OK)

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