List of Test-Blind and Test Optional Colleges 2022-2023

We recently informed you about changes in the SAT to a new digital testing format.  The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the trend for colleges to offer a test-optional admissions process.  75% of 4-year colleges will not require SAT or ACT scores for the 2021-22 admissions cycle. More than 1,800 colleges and universities in the US are extending their test-optional policies through the 2021-22 application cycle, with some making the move to test-optional even longer or permanent. Cornell University and Columbia University were the two first Ivy League schools to announce that they are extending their test-optional policies for the 2021-22 admissions cycle. In this article, we have aggregated the list of test blind and test optional colleges for 2022-2023.

Test Optional Colleges

Co-authored by Tanmoy Ray

List of SAT and ACT Test Optional Colleges for 2022-2023

  • Amherst College
  • Adelphi University 
  • Babson University
  • Barnard College
  • Baylor University 
  • Boston University
  • Bucknell University
  • Brown University
  • Cal State System (Test Blind through Spring 2023 with 2.5)
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Colgate University 
  • Columbia University 
  • College of Charleston 
  • College of William & Mary 
  • Cornell University (through high school class of 2024)
  • Davidson College 
  • Drexel University
  • Elon University 
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvard University (through high school class of 2026)
  • Haverford College
  • Indiana University – Bloomington
  • Oberlin College and Conservatory 
  • Oglethorpe University 
  • Middlebury College
  • The University of Notre Dame
  • Pepperdine University
  • Penn State University
  • Rhodes College 
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • St. Louis University 
  • Stanford University
  • Trinity University 
  • Tufts University (3-year pilot)
  • Tulane University 
  • Stanford
  • All University of California System (all campuses test blind)
  • University of Connecticut 
  • University of Maryland
  • USC (University of Southern California)
  • Vassar College
  • UPenn (University of Pennsylvania)
  • University of Vermont 
  • University of Virginia 
  • U-WM (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Williams College 

Here is the complete list of 700+ schools along with their test requirements policies:

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Test Optional Colleges 2022-2023 for International Students | List of 500+ Schools

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How Does Test-Optional Policy Help?

Going test-optional helps with the following:

  • Brings more diversity and inclusivity as those who are part of a minority population, come from low-income households, are first-generation applicants, female etc. aren’t deterred from applying
  • Encourages more students to apply to their dream university.
  • Allows high school performance to be the only available screening device for applicants.
Test Optional Colleges 2023

What does Test-Optional Mean for International Applicants?

The test-optional policy doesn’t mean test-blind.

The majority of US universities are still test-optional, which means if you give them a data point that they understand (which is the SAT or ACT), they will use that when evaluating your application.

Secondly, a test score also increases your chance of financial aid and complements your overall academic potential.

The majority of college admission counselors are also encouraging taking the SAT/ACT test. Read Should You Take SAT/ACT by Ruchi Saran and Five Reasons Why You Should Take The SAT or ACT by Namita Mehta.

Featured Image Source: The College Curators

References: 1, 2, 3, 4.

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