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test-optional collegesSelective Test-Optional Colleges. Recently, a growing number of institutions have established test-optional admission policies, allowing applicants to withhold their standardized test results.  Schools doing away with testing requirements point to research suggesting that the SAT and ACT is bias and fails to forecast college success, or they cite efforts to improve the enrollment of underrepresented student groups (however, a widely cited College Transitions study reveals such policies do not improve campus diversity). On average, “test-optional” policies are more popular among non-competitive or less competitive institutions; however, there are several highly selective test-optional colleges, and their numbers are increasing.

Below is a list of the most selective test-optional colleges.

  • Agnes Scott College
  • Albright College
  • American University
  • Augustana College
  • Bard College
  • Bates College
  • Bennington College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Clark University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Connecticut College
  • Denison University
  • Depaul University
  • Dickinson College
  • Drew University
  • Earlham College
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • Furman University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Goucher College
  • Guilford College
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Hampshire College
  • Hartwick College
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Hofstra University
  • Illinois College
  • Ithaca College
  • Juniata College
  • Knox College
  • Lake Forest College
  • Lawrence University
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • Marlboro Colleg
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Pitzer College
  • Providence College
  • Rollins College
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Sewanee-The University of the South
  • Smith College
  • John’s College
  • Lawrence University
  • Susquehanna University
  • Union College
  • University of the South
  • Ursinus College
  • Wake Forest University
  • Wesleyan University
  • Wheaton College (MA)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

 

If you’re interested in any of the above institutions it is important think about the possible benefits and disadvantages associated with submitting your standardized tests scores. Our recent post on test optional admissions policies can help you decide whether or not to submit.  Please also feel free to contact us at 706-389-9936 or at info@collegetransitions.com to learn more about how we guide students through the admissions process at test optional and other selective colleges. You can also click here to request a free consultation.

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