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SAT Subject Test Policies (by College)

SAT Subject Tests, formerly called the SAT II, are sometimes an afterthought for teens who are focused on maintaining strong grades, studying for the SAT or ACT, or readying themselves for an AP exam. Yet for students who plan on applying to highly-selective schools, there is a good chance that you will be required to submit SAT IIs, or at least benefit from their submission at schools who designate them as an “optional” or “recommended” component of the admissions portfolio. The following table indicates Subject Test policies at the nation’s most selective colleges. Data was collected in August 2018. For those who want to learn more about how to tackle the SAT Subject Tests, click here.

InstitutionPolicyNotes
Amherst CollegeOptional
Barnard CollegeOptional
Bates CollegeOptional
Boston CollegeOptional
Bowdoin CollegeOptional
Brandeis UniversityOptional
Brown UniversityRecommended (2)If applying to PLME, one Subject Test in Biology, Physics, or Chemistry is strongly recommended.
Bryn Mawr CollegeOptional
Bucknell UniversityOptional
California Institute of TechnologyRequired (2)Math Level II and one (1) Subject Test in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.
Carleton CollegeOptional
Carnegie Mellon UniversityRecommended (2)Math II and Physics or Chemistry for applicants to
College of Engineering; Math II and one (1) science for applicants to SCS, Mellon, and Tepper; Math I or II and 1 additional test for applicants to Dietrich.
Case Western Reserve UniversityOptional
Claremont McKenna CollegeOptional
Colby CollegeOptional2 Subject Tests may be submitted in lieu of SAT/ACT.
Colgate UniversityOptional
College of the Holy CrossOptional
College of William and MaryOptional
Colorado CollegeOptional
Columbia UniversityOptional
Connecticut CollegeOptional
Cooper UnionRequiredOnly Engineering applicants must submit one (1) Math (I or II) AND one (1) Subject Test in Physics or Chemistry.
Cornell UniversityRequired (2)ONLY for applicants to College of Arts & Sciences (any two) and College of Engineering (1 math and 1 science).
Dartmouth CollegeRecommended (2)
Davidson CollegeOptional
Duke UniversityRecommended (2)Strongly recommended for applicants submitting SAT (as opposed to ACT).
Emory UniversityRecommended
Franklin & Marshall CollegeOptional
Georgetown UniversityRecommended (3)Strongly recommended for all applicants; full Subject Test testing history is required.
Georgia Institute of TechnologyOptional
Grinnell CollegeOptional
Hamilton CollegeOptional3 Subject Tests may be submitted in lieu of SAT/ACT.
Harvard UniversityRecommended (2)Students demonstrating financial hardship may apply without Subject Tests. For all others, two (2) Subject Tests strongly recommended.
Harvey Mudd CollegeRequired (2)Math II AND one (1) Subject Test of applicant's choice.
Haverford CollegeOptional
Johns Hopkins UniversityOptionalEngineering applicants are recommended to submit Math II and one (1) science Subject Test.
Kenyon CollegeOptional
Lafayette CollegeRecommendedNo recommended number.
Lehigh UniversityOptional
Macalester CollegeOptional
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyRequired (2)Math I or Math II AND one (1) science Subject Tests.
Middlebury CollegeOptionalThree (3) Subject Tests may be submitted in lieu of SAT/ACT.
New York UniversityOptionalThree (3) Subject Tests may be submitted in lieu of SAT/ACT.
Northeastern UniversityOptional
Northwestern University
Optional
Oberlin CollegeOptional
Pomona CollegeOptional
Princeton UniversityRecommended (2)Students demonstrating financial hardship may apply without Subject Tests. For all others, two (2) Subject Tests strongly recommended. Engineering applicants should take Math I or Math II AND Physics or Chemistry.
Reed CollegeOptional
Rice UniversityRecommended (2)Applicants should take Subject Tests related to their proposed areas of study.
Scripps CollegeOptional
Stanford UniversityOptional
Swarthmore CollegeOptionalApplicants with interests in engineering are encouraged to submit Math II.
Tufts UniversityOptional
Tulane UniversityOptional
Union CollegeOptional
University of California, BerkeleyOptionalApplicants to the College of Chemistry and College of Engineering are encouraged to take Math II and one (1) science Subject Test.
University of California, IrvineOptionalApplicants to the School of Engineering are encouraged to take Math II and one (1) science Subject Test.
University of California, Los Angeles OptionalApplicants to the School of Engineering and Applied Science are encouraged to take Math II and one (1) science Subject Test.
University of California, San DiegoOptionalApplicants to the School of Engineering and biological and physical science majors are encouraged to take Math II and one (1) science Subject Test.
University of California, Santa BarbaraOptionalApplicants to the College of Engineering are encouraged to take Math II.
University of ChicagoOptional
University of MichiganOptional
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillOptional
University of Notre DameOptional
University of PennsylvaniaRecommended (2)Math II for Engineering and STEM applicants; One (1) science, preferably Chemistry, for nursing applicants; any two (2) Subject Tests for Arts, Humanities, and Social Science applicants
University of RichmondOptional
University of Rochester
Optional2 Subject Tests may be submitted in lieu of SAT/ACT.
University of Southern CaliforniaOptional
University of VirginiaOptional
Vanderbilt UniversityOptional
Vassar CollegeOptional
Wake Forest UniversityOptional
Washington University in St. LouisOptional
Washington and Lee UniversityOptional
Wellesley CollegeOptional
Wesleyan UniversityOptional
Williams CollegeOptional
Yale UniversityRecommended
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