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SAT and ACT Optional Schools

A number of colleges and universities have elected to put less emphasis on standardized test scores in their admissions process.   Some schools that have made the submission of SAT and ACT scores optional have admitted significant numbers of applicants who elected not to submit their scores.   Certain colleges and universities exempt students who meet certain GPA and other criteria. It is important to check with each school’s admissions office to learn about specific admissions requirements.

Based on InLikeMe’s research, below are some U.S. colleges and universities that do not appear to require applicants submit SAT or ACT test scores.   Check with each school’s admissions office for current policy and specific requirements. Be sure to read the fine print because rules can differ for in-state and out-of-state applicants and for those seeking scholarships.

  • Agnes Scott College
Decatur GA
  • American University
Washington DC
  • Arizona State University
Tempe AZ
  • Bates College
Lewiston ME
  • Bennington College
Bennington VT
  • Bowdoin College
Brunswick ME
  • Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr PA
  • Colby College
Waterville ME
  • Colby-Sawyer College
New London NH
  • College of the Atlantic
Bar Harbor ME
  • College of the Holy Cross
Worcester MA
  • Connecticut College
New London CT
  • Denison University
Granville OH
  • Drew University
Madison NJ
  • Fairfield University
Fairfield CT
  • Franklin and Marshall
Lancaster PA
  • Furman University
Greenville SC
  • George Mason University
Fairfax VA
  • Gettysburg College
Gettysburg PA
  • Goucher College
Baltimore MD
  • Hampshire College
Amherst MA
  • Hawaii Pacific University
Honolulu HI
  • Hobart and William Smith
Geneva NY
  • Jamestown College
Jamestown ND
  • Juniata College
Huntington PA
  • Lake Forest College
Lake Forest IL
  • Lawrence University
Appleton WI
  • Lewis and Clark College
Portland OR
  • Manhattanville College
Purchase NY
  • Marist College
Poughkeepsie NY
  • Mercy College
Dobbs Ferry NY
  • Middlebury College
Middlebury VT
  • Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley MA
  • Muhlenberg College
Allentown PA
  • New York University
New York NY
  • Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff AZ
  • Providence College
Providence RI
  • Roanoke College
Salem VA
  • Rollins College
Winter Park FL
  • Sarah Lawrence College
Bronxville NY
  • Sewanee – Univ of the South
Sewanee TN
  • Smith College
Northampton MA
  • Stetson University
Deland FL
  • Stonehill College
Easton MA
  • Susquehanna University
Selinsgrove PA
  • Union College
Schenectady NY
  • Ursinus College
Collegeville PA
  • Utica College
Utica NY
  • Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem NC
  • Washington & Jefferson
Washington PA
  • Wheaton College
Norton MA
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester MA has a searchable database containing hundreds of four-year colleges that do not use the SAT I or ACT to admit substantial numbers of bachelor degree applicants.   You can research school’s of potential interest by visiting the college’s web site and/or using a college search engine or guide such as:

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