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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 2017. For those who want to learn more about how to tackle the SAT Subject Tests, click here.

Amherst CollegeOptional
Barnard CollegeOptional
Bates CollegeOptional
Boston CollegeOptional
Bowdoin CollegeOptional
Brandeis UniversityOptional
Brown UniversityRecommended (2)
Bryn Mawr CollegeOptional
Bucknell UniversityOptional
California Institute of TechnologyRequired (2)Math Level II and 1 science Subject Test
Carleton CollegeOptional
Carnegie Mellon UniversityRecommended (2)Math II and Physics or Chemistry for applicants to
College of Engineering; Math II 1 science for applicants to SCS, Mellon, and Tepper; Math I or II and 1 additional tests 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 for engineering applicants; 1 Math (I or II) AND 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
Harvey Mudd CollegeRequired (2)1 Math II AND 1 subject of applicant's choice
Haverford CollegeOptional
Johns Hopkins UniversityOptionalEngineering applicants are recommended to submit 1 Math II and 1 science Subject Test
Kenyon CollegeOptional
Lafayette CollegeRecommendedNo recommended number
Lehigh UniversityOptional
Macalester CollegeOptional
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyRequired (2)1 math and 1 science
Middlebury CollegeOptionalThree Subject Tests may be submitted in lieu of SAT/ACT
New York UniversityOptional3 Subject Tests may be submitted in lieu of SAT/ACT
Northeastern UniversityOptional
Northwestern UniversityOptional
Oberlin CollegeOptional
Pomona CollegeOptional
Princeton UniversityRecommended (2)
Reed CollegeOptional
Rice UniversityOptional
Scripps CollegeOptional
Stanford UniversityOptional
Swarthmore CollegeOptionalApplicants with interests in engineering are encouraged to submit Math II
Tufts UniversityRequired (2) or ACTApplicants submitting ACT results are not required to submit Subject Tests
Tulane UniversityOptional
Union CollegeOptional
University of California, BerkeleyOptionalRecommended only for applicants to the College of Chemistry and College of Engineering (Math II and 1 science)
University of California, Los AngelesOptionalStrongly recommended only for SEAS applicants; Math II and 1 science
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; 1 science for STEM and nursing applicants; any 2 for Arts, Humanities, and Social Science applicants
University of RichmondOptional
University of RochesterOptional2 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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