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Standardized Testing Policies – 2018-19

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.

InstitutionACT SuperscoreSAT SuperscoreAllows Score ChoiceACT WritingSAT WritingTest-Optional
Agnes Scott CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Albion CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Alfred UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Allegheny CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Alma CollegeNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
American UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Amherst CollegeYesYesYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
Appalachian State UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Arizona State UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes (Min. GPA)
Auburn UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Augustana College (IL)NoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
Austin CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Babson CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Bard CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Barnard CollegeNoYesNoOptionalOptionalNo
Bates CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Baylor UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Belmont UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Beloit CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Bennington CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Bentley CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Berea CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Berry CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Birmingham Southern CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Boston CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Boston UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Bowdoin CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Bradley UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Brandeis UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Brigham Young UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Brown UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Bryant UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Bryn Mawr CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Bucknell UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Butler UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
California Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Canisius CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Carleton CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Carnegie Mellon UniversityNoYesNoOptionalOptionalNo
Case Western Reserve UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Catholic UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Centre CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Champlain CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Chapman UniversityNoYesYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
Christopher Newport UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Claremont McKenna CollegeYesYesYesRequiredRequiredNo
Clark UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Clarkson UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Clemson UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Colby CollegeYesYesYesRecommendedOptionalTest Flexible
Colgate UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
College of CharlestonYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
College of the AtlanticYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
College of the Holy CrossYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
College of the OzarksNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
College of William and MaryNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Colorado CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalTest Flexible
Colorado School of MinesNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Colorado State UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Columbia UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Connecticut CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Cooper UnionYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Cornell CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Cornell UniversityNoYesNoOptionalOptionalNo
Creighton UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
CUNY, Baruch CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
CUNY, Brooklyn CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
CUNY, City CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
CUNY, Hunter CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Dartmouth CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Davidson CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Denison UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
DePaul UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
DePauw UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Dickinson CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Drake UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptonalYes
Drew UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptonalYes
Drexel UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalTest Flexible
Duke UniversityYes*YesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Duquesne UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Earlham CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
East Carolina UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Eckerd CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Elizabethtown CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Elon UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Emerson CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Emory UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Evergreen State CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Fairfield UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Florida Atlantic UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Florida Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Florida International UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Florida Southern CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Florida State UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Fordham UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Franklin & Marshall CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Furman UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
George Mason UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
George Washington UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Georgetown CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Georgetown UniversityNoYesNoOptionalOptionalNo
Georgia CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Georgia Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
Georgia State UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Gettysburg CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Gonzaga UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Goucher CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Grinnell CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
Hamilton CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalTest Flexible
Harvard UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Harvey Mudd CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Haverford CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Hendrix CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
High Point UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Hiram CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Hobart and William Smith CollegesYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Hofstra UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Hollins UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Hood CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Hope CollegeNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Howard UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Illinois Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Indiana UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Ithaca CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
James Madison UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Johns Hopkins UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Juniata CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Kalamazoo CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Kenyon CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Kettering UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Knox CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Lafayette CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Lake Forest CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Lawrence UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Lehigh UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Lewis & Clark CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Louisiana State UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Loyola Marymount UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Loyola University ChicagoYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Loyola University MarylandYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Macalester CollegeYes*YesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Marietta CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Marist CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Marlboro CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Marquette UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
McDaniel CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Messiah CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Miami UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Michigan State UniversityNoNoYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
Middlebury CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalTest Flexible
Millsaps CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Milwaukee School of EngineeringNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Mississippi State UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
Morehouse CollegeYesYesYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
Mount Holyoke CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Muhlenberg CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
New College of FloridaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
New York UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalTest Flexible
North Carolina State UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Northeastern UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Northwestern UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Oberlin CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Occidental CollegeYesYesYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
Oglethorpe UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Ohio State UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Ohio UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Oregon State UniversityNoNoYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
Penn State UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Pepperdine UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Pitzer CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Pomona CollegeYesYesYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
Princeton UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Principia CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Providence CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Purdue UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Quinnipiac UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Ramapo College of New JerseyNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Reed CollegeYes*YesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Rhodes CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Rice UniversityNoYesNoOptionalOptionalNo
Ripon CollegeNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
Roanoke CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Rochester Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Rockhurst UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Rollins CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Rutgers UniversityNoYesYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
Saint John's University (MN)YesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Saint Joseph's UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Saint Louis UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Saint Mary's College, Notre DameYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Saint Michael's CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Samford UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
San Diego State UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
San Francisco State UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Santa Clara UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Sarah Lawrence CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Scripps CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Seattle UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Seton Hall UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Sewanee: University of the SouthYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Siena CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Simmons CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Skidmore CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Smith CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Southern Methodist UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Southwestern UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Spelman CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
St. Edward's UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
St. John's College, AnnapolisYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
St. John's College, Santa FeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
St. Lawrence UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
St. Mary's College of MarylandNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
St. Olaf CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Stanford UniversityNoYesNoOptioalOptionalNo
Stevens Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Stonehill CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
SUNY, Binghamton UniversityNoYesYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
SUNY, Stony Brook UniversityYesYesYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
SUNY, University at BuffaloNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
SUNY, College of Environmental Science and ForestryYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
SUNY, GeneseoYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
SUNY, Maritime CollegeNoYesYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
SUNY, New PaltzYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
SUNY, OneontaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
SUNY, OswegoYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
SUNY, Purchase CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
SUNY, University at AlbanyYesYesYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
Susquehanna UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Swarthmore CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Syracuse UniversityYesYesNoOptionalOptionalNo
Temple UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Texas A&M UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes (Top 10%)
Texas Christian UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Texas Tech UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (Top 10%)
The College of New JerseyNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
The College of WoosterYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Thomas Aquinas CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Towson UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Trinity CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Trinity UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Truman State UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Tufts UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Tulane UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Union CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
United States Air Force AcademyYesYesYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
United States Coast Guard AcademyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
United States Merchant Marine AcademyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
United States Military AcademyYesYesYesRequiredRequiredNo
United States Naval AcademyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of AlabamaNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of ArizonaNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes (Some schools)
University of California, BerkeleyNoNoNoRequiredRequiredNo
University of California, DavisNoNoNoRequiredRequiredNo
University of California, IrvineNoNoNoRequiredRequiredNo
University of California, Los AngelesNoNoNoRequiredRequiredNo
University of California, RiversideNoNoNoRequiredRequiredNo
University of California, San DiegoNoNoNoRequiredRequiredNo
University of California, Santa BarbaraNoNoNoRequiredRequiredNo
University of California, Santa CruzNoNoNoRequiredRequiredNo
University of Central FloridaNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of ChicagoYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of CincinnatiNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Colorado BoulderYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Connecticut, StorrsYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of DallasNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of DaytonYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of DelawareYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (In-state)
University of DenverYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of EvansvilleYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of FloridaNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of GeorgiaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Hawaii at ManoaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of HoustonNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes (Top 10%)
University of Illinois at ChicagoNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Illinois, Urbana ChampaignNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of IowaNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of KansasNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of KentuckyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of LouisvilleNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of MaineNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of Mary WashingtonYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of MarylandYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Massachusetts AmherstYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of MiamiYesYesYesRequiredRequiredNo
University of MichiganNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of MinnesotaNoNoYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
University of Minnesota, MorrisNoNoYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
University of MississippiNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of Missouri, ColumbiaNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Missouri, Kansas CityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of MontanaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (some campuses)
University of Nebraska-LincolnNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of New HampshireNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of North Carolina at AshevilleNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of North Carolina at CharlotteYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of North Carolina at GreensboroYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of North Carolina at WilmingtonYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of North TexasYesYesYesRequiredRequiredYes (Top 10%)
University of Notre DameNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of OklahomaNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of OregonNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of PennsylvaniaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of PittsburghNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of PortlandYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Puget SoundYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of RedlandsYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Rhode IslandYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of RichmondNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of RochesterYesYesYesOptionalOptionalTest Flexible
University of San DiegoNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of San FranciscoYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of ScrantonNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of South CarolinaNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of South FloridaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Southern CaliforniaNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of St. Thomas (MN)YesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of TennesseeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Texas at AustinNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes (Top 8%)
University of Texas at DallasNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes (Top 10%)
University of TulsaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of UtahNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of VermontYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of VirginiaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of WashingtonYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of WisconsinNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Ursinus CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Vanderbilt UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Vassar CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Villanova UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Virginia TechYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Wabash CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Wake Forest UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Warren Wilson CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Washington & Jefferson CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Washington and Lee UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Washington State UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (Top 10%)
Washington UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Wellesley CollegeYes*YesYesRequiredOptionalNo
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Wesleyan UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Westmont CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Wheaton College (IL)YesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Wheaton College (MA)NoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Whitman CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Williams CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Wittenberg UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Wofford CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Xavier UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Yale UniversityYes*YesNoOptionalOptionalNo
Yeshiva 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.

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