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 2020-21 cycle. You will find a list of all test-blind schools below along with the Class of 2023 acceptance rate for each institution.
Last updated September 21, 2020. Please check back frequently as policies continue to be updated.
Institution Admission Rate Cal Poly, Pomona 55% Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo 28% California Institute of Technology 6% Catholic University 85% Dickinson College 40% Hampshire College 63% Loyola University New Orleans 75% Reed College 39% San Diego State University 34% San Jose State University 64% University of California, Berkeley 17% University of California, Davis 39% University of California, Irvine 27% University of California, Los Angeles 12% University of California, Merced 72% University of California, Riverside 57% University of California, San Diego 32% University of California, Santa Barbara 29% University of California, Santa Cruz 51% Washington State University 76%
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