Colleges That don't Require SAT or ACT

here is an article that gives you details on the colleges that do not need SAT or ACT scores. We also provide a few basic concepts of these tests which are equally important to know. Read on..

TCM Staff

9th September 2020

Institutions that don't require SAT or ACT scores are also known as Test-optional schools and are making a huge impact on college admissions in recent times, it is changing for the better.  

Almost 28% of the institutions don’t really consider and acknowledge the test scores you have attained. 

Are you a student who is not ready to present your test scores considering your performance in that particular test? Yet aspiring to join a good college, then you are in the right place.

So, here is an article that gives you details on the colleges that do not need SAT or ACT scores. But before moving on to that topic let us know a few basic concepts of these tests which are equally important to know.

Top Colleges that don’t require SAT or ACT

Though ACT and SAT are important to get into a good institution, not all colleges require SAT or ACT scores and some of them are discussed below.

New York University

New York University is a private research university which is located in Manhattan and it is named as one of the "New Ivies". It was founded in 1831 and it is a campus with over 50,000 students. 

NYU requires all incoming first-year students to complete the Common App and will have to pay an $80 application fee. 

In order to get admitted to this college, you can submit SAT or ACT scores, International Baccalaureate Diploma, three AP exam scores, three IB higher-level exam scores, or a variety of international examinations. 

 Acceptance Rate: 28%

 American University

American University is a private research university in Washington, D.C which has several courses like programs in business, communications, and international studies.

They are a completely test-optional college, but once you choose whether or not to submit your scores, you can't change your mind. You can not take it back.

Acceptance Rate: 28%

St. John's University

St. John's University is located in Queens, New York and was founded in the year 1870 which has 21,346 undergraduate students. Students can apply to St. John's University using either the Common App or the St. John's Application

Students who are not willing to submit their SAT and ACT scores should add an additional personal essay and letters of recommendation from their teachers and counselor as per the university rules. 

Acceptance Rate: 38%

George Washington University

George Washington is a private research university in Washington, D.C. It was chartered in 1821 by an act of the United States Congress. 

It gives students the right to decide whether to submit their scores or not. If a student thinks he/she has scored really well, the score can be submitted. However, it will not affect their admission.

Acceptance Rate: 41%

Brandeis University

Brandeis University was founded in 1948 and is located in Waltham, Massachusetts and some of the most popular subjects focused are economics, business, and communications.

Students who do not want to submit their SAT or ACT scores can submit approved documents or they can present a graded analytical writing sample, from 11th or 12th grade. 

Acceptance Rate: 38%

Montana State University

Montana State University is a public land-grant research university in Bozeman, Montana. It is the state's largest university. It is also one of the flexible schools that accepts students who have maintained a high school GPA of 2.5. 

It doesn’t ask students to submit SAT or ACT scores unless the students show interest and submit. 

Acceptance Rate: 83%

Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College is one of the top-ranked liberal arts colleges in the country. It was founded in 1794 and is located in the small town of Brunswick, Maine. Currently, the college has an enrollment touching 2,000 students. 

It does not require the SAT or ACT results from most of its students but students will have to send an application, an essay, letters of recommendation, and a high school transcript. 

Acceptance Rate: 14%

Pitzer College

Pitzer College is a private residential liberal arts college in Claremont, California in the Los Angeles Area and it was founded in 1963. The college has a curriculum on the social sciences, behavioral sciences, international programs, and media studies. 

The college will accept the test scores if you choose to send however they became a test-optional college in 2003 by focusing more on a student’s transcripts and extracurriculars.

Acceptance Rate: 16%

The other few colleges list are as follows

College Name

Acceptance Rate

The University of Chicago


Rollins College


Hampshire College


Connecticut College


Arizona State University


Wesleyan University


Lewis & Clark College


Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology


Grantham College of Engineering


University of Texas



We would like to conclude by highlighting a few  key points,

  • It is not mandatory to submit the test scores but it would definitely be a good experience to take up those standardized tests as it will help you know your capability or performance with respect to academics. 

  • There are many colleges and universities that do not consider or do not expect you to submit your SAT scores yet will permit you to join their institution. But there will be a certain set of rules you must follow you should be aware of. 

  • It is always a wise decision to research about the colleges you are applying regarding their acceptance of students without submitting the test scores.

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