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Standardized Testing Policies – 2019-20

As you start your college search it is important to get a handle on the standardized testing policies at each of your prospective schools. Questions to ask include: Do they superscore the SAT and/or ACT? Do they allow Score Choice? Do they require or recommend that students take the writing portion of the SAT/ACT? Or, are they a test-optional school that allows applicants to forgo standardized exams altogether? College Transitions has you covered with a comprehensive look at the testing policies at 362 of the top colleges and universities in the U.S, all in one easy-to-search database.

List Updated: August 2019

InstitutionACT SuperscoreSAT SuperscoreAllows Score ChoiceACT WritingSAT WritingTest-Optional
Washington UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Fairfield UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Washington State UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (Top 10%)
Evergreen State CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Washington and Lee UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Emory UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Washington & Jefferson CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Emerson CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Warren Wilson CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Wake Forest UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Elon UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Wabash CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Elizabethtown CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (Min. GPA)
Virginia TechYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Eckerd CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Villanova UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
East Carolina UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Vassar CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Earlham CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Vanderbilt UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Duquesne UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (Min. GPA)
Ursinus CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Duke UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of WisconsinNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Drexel UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalTest Flexible
University of WashingtonYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Drew UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptonalYes
University of VirginiaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Drake UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptonalTest-Flexible
University of VermontNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Dickinson CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of UtahNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
DePauw UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of TulsaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
DePaul UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of Texas at DallasNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes (Top 10%)
Denison UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of Texas at AustinNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes (Top 6%)
Davidson CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of TennesseeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Dartmouth CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of St. Thomas (MN)YesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
CUNY, Hunter CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Southern CaliforniaNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
CUNY, City CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of South FloridaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
CUNY, Brooklyn CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of South CarolinaNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
CUNY, Baruch CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of ScrantonNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Creighton UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of San FranciscoYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Cornell UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of San DiegoNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Cornell CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of RochesterYesYesYesOptionalOptionalTest Flexible
Cooper UnionYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of RichmondNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Connecticut CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of Rhode IslandNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Columbia UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of RedlandsYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Colorado State UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Puget SoundYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Colorado School of MinesNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of PortlandYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Colorado CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalTest Flexible
University of PittsburghYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
College of William and MaryYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of PennsylvaniaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
College of the OzarksNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of OregonNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
College of the Holy CrossYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of OklahomaNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
College of the AtlanticYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of Notre DameYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
College of CharlestonNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of North TexasYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (Top 10%)
Colgate UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of North Carolina at WilmingtonYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Colby CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of North Carolina at GreensboroYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Clemson UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of North Carolina at CharlotteNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Clarkson UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Clark UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of North Carolina at AshevilleNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Claremont McKenna CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of New HampshireNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Christopher Newport UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of Nebraska-LincolnNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes (if 23+)
Chapman UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of MontanaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (Min. GPA)
Champlain CollegeNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of Missouri, Kansas CityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Centre CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Missouri, ColumbiaNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Catholic UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of MississippiNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes (Min. GPA)
Case Western Reserve UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Minnesota, MorrisNoNoYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
Carnegie Mellon UniversityNoYesNoOptionalOptionalNo
University of MinnesotaNoNoYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
Carleton CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of MichiganNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Canisius CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of MiamiYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Massachusetts AmherstYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
California Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Butler UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of MarylandYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Bucknell UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of Mary WashingtonYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Bryn Mawr CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of MaineNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
Bryant UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of LouisvilleNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Brown UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of KentuckyNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Brigham Young UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of KansasNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
Brandeis UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of IowaNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Bradley UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Illinois, Urbana ChampaignNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Bowdoin CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of Illinois at ChicagoNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Boston UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of HoustonNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes (Top 10%)
Boston CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Hawaii at ManoaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Birmingham Southern CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of GeorgiaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Berry CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of FloridaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Berea CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of EvansvilleYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Bentley CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of DenverYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Bennington CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of DelawareYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (In-state)
Beloit CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of DaytonYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Belmont UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of DallasNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Baylor UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Connecticut, StorrsYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Bates CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of Colorado BoulderYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Barnard CollegeNoYesNoOptionalOptionalNo
University of CincinnatiNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Bard CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of ChicagoYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Babson CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Central FloridaNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Austin CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of California, Santa CruzNoNoNoRequiredRequiredNo
Augustana College (IL)NoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of California, Santa BarbaraNoNoNoRequiredRequiredNo
Auburn UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of California, San DiegoNoNoNoRequiredRequiredNo
Arizona State UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes (Min. GPA)
University of California, RiversideNoNoNoRequiredRequiredNo
Appalachian State UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of California, Los AngelesNoNoNoRequiredRequiredNo
Amherst CollegeYesYesYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
University of California, IrvineNoNoNoRequiredRequiredNo
American UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of California, DavisNoNoNoRequiredRequiredNo
Alma CollegeNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of California, BerkeleyNoNoNoRequiredRequiredNo
Allegheny CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of ArizonaNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes (Some schools)
Alfred UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of AlabamaNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Albion CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (certain cases)
United States Naval AcademyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Agnes Scott CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
United States Military AcademyYesYesYesRequiredRequiredNo
United States Merchant Marine AcademyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
United States Coast Guard AcademyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
United States Air Force AcademyYesYesYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
Union CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Tulane UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Tufts UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Truman State UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Trinity UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Trinity CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Towson UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Thomas Aquinas CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
The College of WoosterYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
The College of New JerseyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Texas Tech UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (Top 10%)
Texas Christian UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Texas A&M UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes (Top 10%)
Temple UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Syracuse UniversityYesYesNoOptionalOptionalNo
Swarthmore CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Susquehanna UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
SUNY, University at AlbanyYesYesYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
SUNY, Purchase CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
SUNY, OswegoYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
SUNY, OneontaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
SUNY, New PaltzYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
SUNY, Maritime CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
SUNY, GeneseoYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
SUNY, College of Environmental Science and ForestryYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
SUNY, University at BuffaloNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
SUNY, Stony Brook UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
SUNY, Binghamton UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Stonehill CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Stevens Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Stanford UniversityYesYesNoOptionalOptionalNo
St. Olaf CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
St. Mary's College of MarylandNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
St. Lawrence UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
St. John's College, Santa FeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
St. John's College, AnnapolisYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
St. Edward's UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Spelman CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Southwestern UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Southern Methodist UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Smith CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Skidmore CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Simmons CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Siena CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Sewanee: University of the SouthYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Seton Hall UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Seattle UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Scripps CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Sarah Lawrence CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Santa Clara UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
San Francisco State UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
San Diego State UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Samford UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Saint Michael's CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Saint Mary's College, Notre DameYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Saint Louis UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Saint Joseph's UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Saint John's University (MN)YesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Rutgers UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Rollins CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Rockhurst UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
Rochester Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Roanoke CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (Min. GPA)
Ripon CollegeNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
Rice UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Rhodes CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Reed CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Ramapo College of New JerseyNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Quinnipiac UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Purdue UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Providence CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Principia CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Princeton UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Pomona CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Pitzer CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Pepperdine UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Penn State UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Oregon State UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Ohio UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Ohio State UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Oglethorpe UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Occidental CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Oberlin CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Northwestern UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Northeastern UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
North Carolina State UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
New York UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalTest Flexible
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
New College of FloridaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Muhlenberg CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Mount Holyoke CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Morehouse CollegeYesYesYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
Mississippi State UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes (Min. GPA)
Milwaukee School of EngineeringNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Millsaps CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Middlebury CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalTest Flexible
Michigan State UniversityNoNoYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
Miami UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Messiah CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
McDaniel CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Marquette UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
Marlboro CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Marist CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Marietta CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Macalester CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Loyola University MarylandYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Loyola University ChicagoYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Loyola Marymount UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Louisiana State UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Lewis & Clark CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Lehigh UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Lawrence UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Lake Forest CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Lafayette CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Knox CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Kettering UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Kenyon CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Kalamazoo CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Juniata CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Johns Hopkins UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
James Madison UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Ithaca CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Indiana UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Illinois Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Howard UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Hope CollegeNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Hood CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Hollins UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Hofstra UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Hobart and William Smith CollegesYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Hiram CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (Min. GPA)
High Point UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Hendrix CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Haverford CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Harvey Mudd CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Harvard UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Hamilton CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalTest Flexible
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
Grinnell CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Goucher CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Gonzaga UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Gettysburg CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Georgia State UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (placement test)
Yeshiva UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Georgia Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Yale UniversityYes*Yes*NoOptionalOptionalNo
Georgia CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Xavier UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Georgetown UniversityNoYesNoOptionalOptionalNo
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
Georgetown CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Wofford CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
George Washington UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Wittenberg UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
George Mason UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (Min. GPA)
Williams CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Furman UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Whitman CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Franklin & Marshall CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Wheaton College (MA)NoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Fordham UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Wheaton College (IL)YesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Florida State UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Westmont CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Florida Southern CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Florida International UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Wesleyan UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Florida Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Wellesley CollegeYes*YesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Florida Atlantic UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo

Yes*=These colleges will consider an applicant’s best subsection scores from across different ACTs, but they will not recalculate a new composite score.