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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
Agnes Scott CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Albion CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (certain cases)
Alfred UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Allegheny CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Alma CollegeNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
American UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
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 CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Bentley CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Berea CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Berry CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Birmingham Southern CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Boston CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Boston UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Bowdoin CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Bradley UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Brandeis UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Brigham Young UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Brown UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Bryant UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Bryn Mawr CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Bucknell UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
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 CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Champlain CollegeNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
Chapman UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Christopher Newport UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Claremont McKenna CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Clark UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Clarkson UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Clemson UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Colby CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Colgate UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
College of CharlestonNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
College of the AtlanticYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
College of the Holy CrossYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
College of the OzarksNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
College of William and MaryYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Colorado CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalTest Flexible
Colorado School of MinesNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Colorado State UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Columbia UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Connecticut CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Cooper UnionYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Cornell CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Cornell UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Creighton UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
CUNY, Baruch CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
CUNY, Brooklyn CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
CUNY, City CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
CUNY, Hunter CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Dartmouth CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Davidson CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Denison UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
DePaul UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
DePauw UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Dickinson CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Drake UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptonalTest-Flexible
Drew UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptonalYes
Drexel UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalTest Flexible
Duke UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Duquesne UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (Min. GPA)
Earlham CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
East Carolina UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Eckerd CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Elizabethtown CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (Min. GPA)
Elon UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Emerson CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Emory UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Evergreen State CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Fairfield UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Florida Atlantic UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Florida Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Florida International UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Florida Southern CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Florida State UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Fordham UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Franklin & Marshall CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Furman UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
George Mason UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (Min. GPA)
George Washington UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Georgetown CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Georgetown UniversityNoYesNoOptionalOptionalNo
Georgia CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Georgia Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Georgia State UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (placement test)
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 (Min. GPA)
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 UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
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 CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Marietta CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Marist CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Marlboro CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Marquette UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
McDaniel CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Messiah CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Miami UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Michigan State UniversityNoNoYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
Middlebury CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalTest Flexible
Millsaps CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Milwaukee School of EngineeringNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Mississippi State UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes (Min. GPA)
Morehouse CollegeYesYesYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
Mount Holyoke CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Muhlenberg CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
New College of FloridaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
New York UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalTest Flexible
North Carolina State UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Northeastern UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Northwestern UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Oberlin CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Occidental CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Oglethorpe UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Ohio State UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Ohio UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Oregon State UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Penn State UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Pepperdine UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Pitzer CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Pomona CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Princeton UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Principia CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Providence CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Purdue UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Quinnipiac UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Ramapo College of New JerseyNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Reed CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Rhodes CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Rice UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Ripon CollegeNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
Roanoke CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (Min. GPA)
Rochester Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Rockhurst UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
Rollins CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Rutgers UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Saint John's University (MN)YesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Saint Joseph's UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Saint Louis UniversityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
Saint Mary's College, Notre DameYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Saint Michael's CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Samford UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
San Diego State UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
San Francisco State UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Santa Clara UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
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 UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Southwestern UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
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 UniversityYesYesNoOptionalOptionalNo
Stevens Institute of TechnologyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Stonehill CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
SUNY, Binghamton UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
SUNY, Stony Brook UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
SUNY, University at BuffaloNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
SUNY, College of Environmental Science and ForestryYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
SUNY, GeneseoYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
SUNY, Maritime CollegeNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
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 JerseyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
The College of WoosterYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Thomas Aquinas CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Towson UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Trinity CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Trinity UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Truman State UniversityNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
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 DenverYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of EvansvilleYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of FloridaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
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 KansasNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of KentuckyNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of LouisvilleNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of MaineNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of Mary WashingtonYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of MarylandYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Massachusetts AmherstYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of MiamiYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of MichiganNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of MinnesotaNoNoYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
University of Minnesota, MorrisNoNoYesRecommendedRecommendedNo
University of MississippiNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes (Min. GPA)
University of Missouri, ColumbiaNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Missouri, Kansas CityNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of MontanaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (Min. GPA)
University of Nebraska-LincolnNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes (if 23+)
University of New HampshireNoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of North Carolina at AshevilleNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of North Carolina at CharlotteNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of North Carolina at GreensboroYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of North Carolina at WilmingtonYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of North TexasYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes (Top 10%)
University of Notre DameYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of OklahomaNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of OregonNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of PennsylvaniaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of PittsburghYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of PortlandYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Puget SoundYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
University of RedlandsYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of Rhode IslandNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of RichmondNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of RochesterYesYesYesOptionalOptionalTest Flexible
University of San DiegoNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of San FranciscoYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
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 6%)
University of Texas at DallasNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes (Top 10%)
University of TulsaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of UtahNoNoYesOptionalOptionalNo
University of VermontNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
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*YesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyNoYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Wesleyan UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Westmont CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Wheaton College (IL)YesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Wheaton College (MA)NoYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Whitman CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Williams CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Wittenberg UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Wofford CollegeYesYesYesOptionalOptionalYes
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteNoNoYesOptionalOptionalYes
Xavier UniversityYesYesYesOptionalOptionalNo
Yale UniversityYes*Yes*NoOptionalOptionalNo
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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