Test-Blind Colleges

Unlike test-optional colleges, which give students the choice of whether or not to include SAT/ACT scores as part of their application for admission, test-blind colleges will not accept standardized test score submissions from any applicant to their school.

You read correctly—a “test-blind” policy is exactly what the name implies and no matter how well (or poorly) you scored, your test results will have no bearing on a school’s admission decision.

The number of test-blind schools increased dramatically in the past year, as COVID-19 forced widespread cancellations of SAT and ACT test administrations beginning in March 2020 and extending throughout the summer and into the fall. In the same timeframe, but for wholly different reasons, a California Superior Court judge ruled that all schools in the UC system were required to jettison standardized tests from their checklist of admissions considerations.

The adoption of test-blind policies is a true game-changer that significantly alters the admissions landscape at a number of excellent colleges and universities, at least for the 2022-23 cycle. You will find a list of all test-blind schools below along with the Class of 2025 acceptance rate for each institution.

Last updated August 2022.

InstitutionAdmission Rate
Cal Poly, Pomona65%
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo38%
California Institute of Technology7%
California State University Maritime Academy76%
California State University-Bakersfield78%
California State University-Channel Islands53%
California State University-Chico72%
California State University-Dominguez Hills81%
California State University-East Bay74%
California State University-Fresno58%
California State University-Fullerton68%
California State University-Long Beach42%
California State University-Los Angeles76%
California State University-Monterey Bay86%
California State University-Northridge66%
California State University-Sacramento83%
California State University-San Bernardino78%
California State University-San Marcos79%
California State University-Stanislaus89%
Catholic University82%
College of Staten Island CUNY91%
Cornell University (some Colleges)11%
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College41%
CUNY Brooklyn College50%
CUNY City College51%
CUNY Hunter College36%
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice37%
CUNY Lehman College38%
CUNY Queens College53%
CUNY York College61%
Dickinson College52%
Hampshire College59%
Humboldt State University83%
Loyola University New Orleans72%
Merrimack College82%
Pitzer College17%
Reed College35%
San Diego State University37%
San Francisco State University84%
San Jose State University67%
Sonoma State University92%
Stonehill College68%
University of California, Berkeley15%%
University of California, Davis46%
University of California, Irvine30%
University of California, Los Angeles11%%
University of California, Merced85%
University of California, Riverside66%
University of California, San Diego38%
University of California, Santa Barbara37%
University of California, Santa Cruz65%
University of San Diego59%
Washington State University80%
Worcester Polytechnic Institute59%

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