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Selective Test-Optional Colleges

The number of test-optional schools continues to grow each year as the movement that actually began way back in 1969 continues to spread like wildfire. While the first school to adopt such a policy was Bowdoin, a highly-selective liberal arts college, the majority of recent adoptees are less-selective to moderately-selective schools that hope eschewing the SAT/ACT will lead to a spike in applicants/enrollment. However, there are also a good number of very selective institutions that have also decided to jettison the requirement, an important development for those applicants who possess exceptional credentials in every area but standardized tests. Below is College Transitions list of selective colleges and universities that do not require standardized test (SAT/ACT) scores for admission.

InstitutionNotes
Agnes Scott College
Allegheny College
American University
Amherst CollegeOnly applies to first-year applicants for the 2021-22 academic year. Click here for more information.
Arizona State University
Babson UniversityOnly applies to first-year applicants for the 2021-22 academic year. Click here for more information.
Bard College
Barnard CollegeOnly applies to students applying for fall 2021 admission. Click here for more information.
Bates College
Baylor UniversityOnly applies to first-year applicants for the 2021-22 academic year. Click here for more information.
Beloit College
Bentley UniversityOnly applies to first-year applicants for the 2021-22 academic year. Click here for more information.
Boston UniversityOnly applies to first-year applicants for the 2021-22 academic year. Click here for more information.
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Bryant University
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
Cal Poly, San Luis ObispoOnly for fall 2021, winter 2022 and spring 2022 admission. Click here for more information.
Carleton CollegeOnly applies to students applying for fall 2021 admission. Click here for more information.
Case Western Reserve UniversityOnly applies to students applying for fall 2021 admission. Click here for more information.
Centre CollegeApplies to students applying for 2021, 2022, or 2023 admission. Click here for more information.
Chapman University
Claremont McKenna CollegeOnly applies to students applying for fall 2021 admission. Click here for more information.
Clark University
Colby College
Colgate UniversityOnly applies to students applying for fall 2021 admission. Click here for more information.
College of the Holy Cross
College of Wooster
Colorado College
Connecticut College
Cornell UniversityOnly applies to students applying for fall 2021 admission. Click here for more information.
Creighton University
Davidson CollegeApplies to students applying for 2021, 2022, or 2023 admission. Click here for more information.
Denison University
DePaul University
DePauw University
Dickinson College
Drew University
Drexel UniversityTest Flexible -- click here for more information.
Duquesne University
Earlham College
Eckerd CollegeApplies to students applying for 2021 or 2022 admission. Click here for more information.
Emerson College
Fairfield University
Fordham UniversityApplies to students applying for 2021 or 2022 admission. Click here for more information.
Franklin and Marshall College
Furman University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Gettysburg College
Gonzaga UniversityOnly applies to students applying for fall 2021 admission. Click here for more information.
Goucher College
Hamilton CollegeTemporarily changing from test flexible to test optional for all first-year and transfer applicants for the 2021-22 academic year. Click here for more information.
Haverford CollegeApplies to students applying for 2021, 2022, or 2023 admission. Click here for more information.
Hobart & William Smith College
Hofstra University
Indiana University – Bloomington
Ithaca College
James Madison University
Juniata College
Kalamazoo College
Knox College
Lafayette CollegeOnly applies to students applying for fall 2021 admission. Click here for more information.
Lake Forest College
Lawrence University
Lewis & Clark College
Loyola Marymount UniversityOnly applies to students applying for fall 2021 admission. Click here for more information.
Loyola University (MD)
Macalester College
Marist College
Marquette University
Michigan State UniversityOnly applies to students applying for fall 2021 admission. Click here for more information.
Middlebury CollegeApplies to students applying for 2021, 2022, or 2023 admission. Click here for more information.
Mount Holyoke College
Muhlenberg College
New York UniversityText Flexible -- click here for more information.
Northeastern UniversityOnly applies to first-year applicants for the 2021-22 academic year. Click here for more information.
Oberlin CollegeApplies to students applying for 2021, 2022, or 2023 admission. Click here for more information.
Oregon State University
Pitzer College
Pomona CollegeOnly applies to students applying for fall 2021 admission. Click here for more information.
Quinnipiac University
Rhodes CollegeApplies to students applying for 2021, 2022, or 2023 admission. Click here for more information.
San Diego State UniversityOnly for fall 2021, winter 2022 and spring 2022 admission. Click here for more information.
San Jose State UniversityOnly for fall 2021, winter 2022 and spring 2022 admission. Click here for more information.
Santa Clara UniversityApplies to students applying for 2021 or 2022 admission. Click here for more information.
Sarah Lawrence College
Scripps College
Seattle University
Sewanee – The University of the South
Skidmore College
Smith College
Southwestern University
St. Lawrence University
St. Olaf College
Swarthmore CollegeApplies to students applying for 2021 or 2022 admission. Click here for more information.
Temple University
Texas Christian UniversityOnly applies to first-year applicants for the 2021-22 academic year. Click here for more information.
The Cooper UnionApplies to students applying for 2021 or 2022 admission. Click here for more information.
The New SchoolFor students applying to the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. Click here for more information.
Trinity College
Trinity UniversityApplies to students applying for 2021, 2022, or 2023 admission. Click here for more information.
Tufts UniversityApplies to students applying for 2021, 2022, or 2023 admission. Click here for more information.
Tulane UniversityOnly applies to first-year applicants for the 2021-22 academic year. Click here for more information.
Union College
University of ArizonaRequired for certain programs. Click here for more information.
University of California, BerkeleyOnly applies to first-year students applying for fall 2021 admission.
University of California, DavisOnly applies to first-year students applying for fall 2021 admission.
University of California, IrvineOnly applies to first-year students applying for fall 2021 admission.
University of California, Los AngelesOnly applies to first-year students applying for fall 2021 admission.
University of California, MercedOnly applies to first-year students applying for fall 2021 admission.
University of California, RiversideOnly applies to first-year students applying for fall 2021 admission.
University of California, San DiegoOnly applies to first-year students applying for fall 2021 admission.
University of California, Santa BarbaraOnly applies to first-year students applying for fall 2021 admission.
University of California, Santa CruzOnly applies to first-year students applying for fall 2021 admission.
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
University of Oregon
University of Puget Sound
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of Tulsa
University of Washington
Vassar College
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Whitman College
Williamette University
Williams College
Wofford College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute