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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 2019. For those who want to learn more about how to tackle the SAT Subject Tests, click here.

InstitutionPolicyNotes
Yale UniversityRecommended
Williams CollegeOptional
Wesleyan UniversityOptional
Wellesley CollegeOptional
Washington and Lee UniversityOptional
Washington University in St. LouisOptional
Wake Forest UniversityOptional
Vassar CollegeOptional
Vanderbilt UniversityOptional
University of VirginiaOptional
University of Southern CaliforniaOptional
University of RochesterOptional2 Subject Tests may be submitted in lieu of SAT/ACT.
University of RichmondOptional
University of PennsylvaniaRecommended (2)Math II and one (1) science test (Physics preferred) for Engineering and STEM applicants; Math II for business applicants; One (1) science, preferably Chemistry, for nursing applicants; any two (2) Subject Tests for Arts, Humanities, and Social Science applicants
University of Notre DameOptional
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillOptional
University of MichiganOptional
University of ChicagoOptional
University of California, Santa BarbaraOptionalApplicants to the College of Engineering are encouraged to take Math II. Applicants to the College of Creative Studies should review recommended Subject Tests at this link.
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, RiversideOptionalApplicants to the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and College of Engineering are encouraged to take Math II and one (1) test in Chemistry or Physics.
University of California, Los AngelesOptionalApplicants to the School of Engineering and Applied Science 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, BerkeleyOptionalApplicants to the College of Chemistry and College of Engineering are encouraged to take Math II and one (1) science Subject Test.
Union CollegeOptional
Tulane UniversityOptional
Tufts UniversityOptional
Swarthmore CollegeOptionalApplicants with interests in engineering are encouraged to submit Math II.
Stanford UniversityOptional
Scripps CollegeOptional
Rice UniversityRecommended (2)Applicants should take Subject Tests related to their proposed areas of study.
Reed 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.
Pomona CollegeOptional
Oberlin CollegeOptional
Northwestern UniversityOptional
Northeastern UniversityOptional
New York UniversityOptionalThree (3) Subject Tests may be submitted in lieu of SAT/ACT.
Middlebury CollegeOptionalThree (3) Subject Tests may be submitted in lieu of SAT/ACT.
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyRequired (2)Math I or Math II AND one (1) science Subject Test.
Macalester CollegeOptional
Lehigh UniversityOptional
Lafayette CollegeOptional
Kenyon CollegeOptional
Johns Hopkins UniversityOptionalEngineering applicants are recommended to submit Math II and one (1) science Subject Test.
Haverford CollegeOptional
Harvey Mudd CollegeOptionalMath II AND one (1) Subject Test of applicant's choice.
Harvard UniversityRecommended (2)Students demonstrating financial hardship may apply without Subject Tests. For all others, two (2) Subject Tests strongly recommended.
Hamilton CollegeOptional3 Subject Tests may be submitted in lieu of SAT/ACT.
Grinnell CollegeOptional
Georgia Institute of TechnologyOptional
Georgetown UniversityRecommended (3)Strongly recommended for all applicants; full Subject Test testing history is required.
Franklin & Marshall CollegeOptional
Emory UniversityRecommended (2)Students are encouraged to submit these scores for academic areas of strength and/or interest.
Duke UniversityRecommended (2)Strongly recommended for applicants submitting SAT (as opposed to ACT). Applicants to Pratt are strongly recommended to submit Math I or II. Applicants to Trinity may submit two (2) tests from any area.
Davidson CollegeOptional
Dartmouth CollegeRecommended (2)Any two Subject Tests.
Cornell UniversityOptionalNo longer required for any college/school at Cornell.
Cooper UnionConsideredThe school of engineering will consider scores for Subject Tests in Math and Science should they be submitted.
Connecticut CollegeOptional
Columbia UniversityOptional
Colorado CollegeOptional
College of William and MaryOptional
College of the Holy CrossOptional
Colgate UniversityOptional
Colby CollegeOptional
Claremont McKenna CollegeOptional
Case Western Reserve UniversityOptional
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 one (1) additional test for applicants to Dietrich and IS.
Carleton CollegeOptional
California Institute of TechnologyOptionalMath Level II and one (1) Subject Test in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.
Bucknell UniversityOptional
Bryn Mawr CollegeOptional
Brown UniversityRecommended (2)If applying to PLME, one Subject Test in Biology, Physics, or Chemistry is strongly recommended.
Brandeis UniversityOptional
Bowdoin CollegeOptional
Boston CollegeOptional
Bates CollegeOptional
Barnard CollegeOptional
Amherst CollegeOptional