The Complete List of US Universities: Test-Optional vs. Test-Blind 2021

Due to the pandemic, many US universities have opted to make standardized test scores optional.

What is the difference between test-optional, test-flexible or test-blind?

Test-optional: accepts but does not require SAT or ACT test scores

Applicants can choose whether or not to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their application. These colleges will still consider a test score, if submitted. If it comes down to two students with similar profiles, but one has a high test score and the other doesn’t, the student with the test score is more likely to be chosen over the one without.

Test-flexible: places limitations (like a minimum GPA) on applicants who apply without test scores

Students can choose which type of test(s) they want to submit with their application, eg International Baccalaureate exam (IBDP) or an Advanced Placement test (AP), and not limited to SAT or ACT.

Test-blind: will not consider test scores even if they are submitted

Even if a score of 1600 on the SAT or 36 on the ACT is submitted, they will not be considered as part of the application evaluation.

The Disadvantages of Applying Test-Optional — Holly Bicerano

 

  • Adelphi University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Agnes Scott College: Test-optional
  • Albertus Magnus College: Test-optional
  • Allegheny College: Test-optional
  • American University: Test-optional
  • Amherst College: Test-optional for 2022
  • Andrews University: Test-optional
  • Arcadia University: Test-optional
  • Arizona State University-Tempe: Test-optional
  • Assumption College: Test-optional
  • Augustana College: Test-optional
  • Austin College: Test-optional
  • Azusa Pacific University: Test-optional
  • Babson College: Test-optional for 2022, 2023, 2024
  • Ball State University: Test-optional
  • Bard College: Test-optional
  • Barnard College: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • Bates College: Test-optional
  • Baylor University: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • Becker College: Test-flexible  (must have 2.0+ GPA)
  • Bellarmine University: Test-optional
  • Beloit College: Test-optional
  • Bennington College: Test-optional
  • Berklee College of Music: Test-optional
  • Berry College: Test-optional
  • Bethel University: Test-flexible  (must have 3.2+ GPA)
  • Birmingham-Southern College: Test-optional
  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania: Test-optional
  • Boston College: Test-optional for 2022
  • Boston University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Bowdoin College: Test-optional
  • Bradley University: Test-optional
  • Brandeis University: Test-optional
  • Bridgewater State University: Test-optional
  • Brown University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Bryant University: Test-optional
  • Bryn Mawr College: Test-optional
  • Bucknell University: Test-optional for 2022, 2023, 2024
  • Butler University: Test-optional
  • California College of the Arts: Test-optional
  • California Institute of Technology: Test-blind for 2022
  • California Institute of the Arts: Test-optional
  • California Lutheran University: Test-optional
  • Canisius College: Test-optional for 2022
  • Case Western Reserve University: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • The Catholic University of America: Test-blind
  • Cazenovia College: Test-optional
  • Centre College: Test-optional 2022, 2023
  • Champlain College: Test-optional
  • Chapman University: Test-optional
  • Chatham University: Test-optional
  • Clark University: Test-optional
  • Coastal Carolina University: Test-flexible  (must have 3.5+ GPA)
  • Coe College: Test-flexible  (must have 3.0+ GPA)
  • Colby College: Test-optional
  • Colby-Sawyer College: Test-optional
  • Colgate University: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • College of Charleston: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • College of New Jersey: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • College of Saint Rose: Test-optional
  • College of St. Benedict: Test-optional
  • College of the Atlantic: Test-optional
  • College of the Holy Cross: Test-optional
  • College of Wooster: Test-optional
  • Colorado College: Test-optional
  • Columbia College Chicago: Test-optional
  • Columbia University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Concordia College Moorhead: Test-optional
  • Concordia College New York: Test-optional
  • Connecticut College: Test-optional
  • Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art: Test-optional for 2022
  • Cornell College: Test-optional
  • Cornell University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Creighton University: Test-optional
  • Curry College: Test-optional
  • Dartmouth College: Test-optional for 2022
  • Davidson College: Test-optional
  • Dean College: Test-optional
  • Delaware Valley University: Test-optional
  • Denison University: Test-optional
  • Dickinson College: Test-optional  (currently running one-year Test-blind pilot that may be extended)
  • Drake University: Test-optional
  • Drew University: Test-optional
  • DePaul University: Test-optional
  • DePauw University: Test-optional
  • Duquesne University: Test-optional
  • Earlham College: Test-optional
  • Eastern Connecticut State University: Test-optional
  • Eastern University: Test-optional
  • Eckerd College: Test-optional for 2022
  • Elmira College: Test-flexible  (must have 2.7+ GPA)
  • Elms College: Test-optional
  • Elon University: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Test-optional
  • Emerson College: Test-optional
  • Emmanuel College: Test-optional
  • Emory University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Endicott College: Test-optional
  • Evergreen State College: Test-flexible  (must have 2.0+ GPA)
  • Fairfield University: Test-optional
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University: Test-optional
  • Fashion Institute of Technology: Test-optional
  • Fisher College: Test-optional
  • Flagler College: Test-optional
  • Fordham University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Fort Lewis College: Test-optional
  • Framingham State University: Test-optional
  • Franklin and Marshall College: Test-optional
  • Furman University: Test-optional
  • George Mason University: Test-optional
  • George Washington University: Test-optional
  • Gettysburg College: Test-optional
  • Gonzaga University: Test-optional
  • Goucher College: Test-optional
  • Guilford College: Test-optional
  • Gustavus Adolphus College: Test-optional
  • Hampshire College: Test-blind
  • Hanover College: Test-optional
  • Hartwick College: Test-optional
  • Harvard University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Harvey Mudd College: Test-optional for 2022
  • Haverford College: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • Hendrix College: Test-optional
  • High Point University: Test-optional
  • Hilbert College: Test-optional
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges: Test-optional
  • Hofstra University: Test-optional
  • Hood College: Test-optional
  • Hope College: Test-optional for 2022
  • Houghton College: Test-optional
  • Immaculata University: Test-optional
  • Indiana State University: Test-optional
  • Indiana Tech: Test-optional
  • Indiana University-Bloomington: Test-optional
  • Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis: Test-optional
  • Iona College: Test-optional
  • Ithaca College: Test-optional
  • James Madison University: Test-optional
  • Johnson & Wales University: Test-optional
  • Juniata College: Test-optional
  • Kalamazoo College: Test-optional
  • Kansas State University: Test-flexible  (must have 3.25+ GPA)
  • Keene State College: Test-optional
  • Kent State University: Test-optional
  • Keystone College: Test-optional
  • King’s College: Test-optional
  • Knox College: Test-optional
  • La Roche University: Test-optional
  • La Salle University: Test-optional
  • Lake Forest College: Test-optional
  • Lamar University: Test-optional
  • Lander University: Test-optional
  • Lasell College: Test-optional
  • Lawrence University: Test-optional
  • Le Moyne College: Test-optional
  • Lesley University: Test-optional
  • Lewis and Clark College: Test-optional
  • Linfield College: Test-optional
  • Loras College: Test-optional
  • Loyola Marymount University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Loyola University Chicago: Test-optional
  • Loyola University Maryland: Test-optional
  • Loyola University New Orleans: Test-blind
  • Lycoming College: Test-flexible  (must be in top half of graduating class)
  • Lynn University: Test-optional
  • Macalester College: Test-optional
  • Manhattanville College: Test-optional
  • Marist College: Test-optional
  • Marlboro College: Test-optional
  • Marquette University: Test-optional
  • Maryland Institute College of Art: Test-optional
  • Maryville University of St. Louis: Test-optional
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design: Test-optional
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts: Test-blind for 2022
  • McDaniel College: Test-optional
  • MCPHS University: Test-optional
  • Mercer University: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • Mercyhurst University: Test-optional
  • Merrimack College: Test-optional
  • Messiah College: Test-optional
  • Michigan State University: Test-optional
  • Middlebury College: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania: Test-optional for 2022
  • Mills College: Test-optional
  • Minnesota State University-Moorhead: Test-optional
  • Misericordia University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Mitchell College: Test-optional
  • Monroe College: Test-optional
  • Montclair State University: Test-optional
  • Moravian College: Test-optional
  • Mount Aloysius College: Test-optional
  • Mount Holyoke College: Test-optional
  • Mount St. Mary’s University: Test-optional
  • Muhlenberg College: Test-optional
  • Nazareth College: Test-optional
  • New England College: Test-optional
  • New England Institute of Technology: Test-optional
  • The New School: Test-optional
  • New York Institute of Technology: Test-optional
  • New York University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Niagara University: Test-optional
  • Nichols College: Test-flexible  (must have 3.0+ GPA)
  • Northern Illinois University: Test-blind
  • Northern Michigan University: Test-blind
  • Northwestern University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Norwich University: Test-optional
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University: Test-optional
  • Oberlin College: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • Ohio University: Test-optional
  • Ohio Wesleyan University: Test-optional
  • Old Dominion University: Test-optional
  • Oregon State University: Test-optional
  • Otis College of Art and Design: Test-optional
  • Pace University: Test-optional
  • Paul Smith’s College: Test-optional
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology: Test-optional
  • Pitzer College: Test-optional
  • Post University: Test-optional
  • Presbyterian College: Test-optional
  • Princeton University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Providence College: Test-optional
  • Purchase College-SUNY: Test-optional
  • Queen’s University (Canada): Test-optional
  • Queens University of Charlotte: Test-optional
  • Quinnipiac University: Test-optional
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey: Test-optional
  • Reed College: Test-blind for 2022
  • Regis University: Test-optional
  • Rhode Island School of Design: Test-optional
  • Rhodes College: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • Rice University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Rider University: Test-optional
  • Ripon College: Test-optional
  • Roanoke College: Test-optional
  • Roberts Wesleyan College: Test-flexible  (must have 2.8+ GPA)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology: Test-optional
  • Roger Williams University: Test-optional
  • Rollins College: Test-optional
  • Rowan University: Test-optional
  • Russell Sage College: Test-optional
  • Rutgers University (all campuses): Test-optional for 2022
  • Sacred Heart University: Test-optional
  • Saint Anselm College: Test-optional
  • Saint Joseph’s University: Test-optional
  • Saint Louis University: Test-optional
  • Saint Mary’s College: Test-optional
  • Saint Michael’s College: Test-optional
  • Saint Vincent College: Test-optional
  • Salem College: Test-optional
  • Salve Regina University: Test-optional
  • Santa Clara University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Sarah Lawrence College: Test-optional
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Test-optional
  • School of Visual Arts: Test-optional
  • Scripps College: Test-optional
  • Seattle University: Test-optional
  • Seton Hill University: Test-flexible  (must have 2.7+ GPA)
  • Shenandoah University: Test-optional
  • Siena College: Test-optional
  • Skidmore College: Test-optional
  • Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania: Test-optional
  • Smith College: Test-optional
  • Southern Connecticut State University: Test-optional
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale: Test-flexible  (must have 2.75+ GPA)
  • Southern New Hampshire University: Test-optional
  • Southwestern University: Test-optional
  • Springfield College: Test-optional
  • St. Bonaventure University: Test-optional
  • St. John Fisher College: Test-optional for 2022
  • St. John’s College: Test-optional
  • St. John’s University (MN): Test-optional
  • St. John’s University (NY): Test-optional
  • St. Joseph’s College (ME): Test-optional
  • St. Lawrence University: Test-optional
  • St. Mary’s College of California: Test-optional
  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland: Test-optional
  • St. Olaf College: Test-optional
  • Stanford University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Stetson University: Test-optional
  • Stockton University: Test-optional
  • Stonehill College: Test-optional  (currently running Test-blind pilot that may be extended)
  • Suffolk University: Test-optional
  • SUNY Brockport: Test-optional
  • SUNY College of Technology-Delhi: Test-optional
  • SUNY College-Potsdam: Test-optional
  • SUNY-Geneseo: Test-optional
  • Susquehanna University: Test-optional
  • Swarthmore College: Test-optional for 2022
  • Sweet Briar College: Test-flexible  (must have 3.0+ GPA)
  • Syracuse University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Temple University: Test-optional
  • Tennessee Technological University: Test-flexible  (must have 3.0+ GPA)
  • Texas A&M University-College Station: Test-optional for 2022
  • Thomas College: Test-optional
  • Thomas Jefferson University: Test-optional
  • Towson University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Transylvania University: Test-optional
  • Trinity College: Test-optional
  • Trinity College Dublin: Test-optional for 2022 (will consider “alternate evidence” for U.S. students)
  • Trinity University: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • Tufts University: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • Tulane University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Union College (KY): Test-optional
  • Union College (NY): Test-optional
  • Union University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Unity College: Test-optional
  • University of Alabama-Huntsville: Test-optional for 2022
  • University of Alaska-Fairbanks: Test-optional for 2022
  • University of Arizona: Test-optional
  • University of California system: Test-optional (Possibly Test-blind, Pending Litigation) for 2022, then Test-blind for 2023, 2024
  • University of Chicago: Test-optional
  • University of Cincinnati: Test-optional for 2022
  • University of Connecticut: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • University of Dayton: Test-optional
  • University of Denver: Test-optional
  • University of Dubuque: Test-optional
  • University of Hartford: Test-optional
  • University of Illinois-Chicago: Test-optional for 2022
  • University of La Verne: Test-optional
  • University of Maine: Test-optional for 2022
  • University of Maine Augusta: Test-optional
  • University of Maine Farmington: Test-optional
  • University of Maine Fort Kent: Test-optional
  • University of Maine at Presque Isle: Test-optional
  • University of Mary Washington: Test-optional
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst: Test-optional for 2022
  • University of Massachusetts-Boston: Test-optional
  • University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth: Test-optional
  • University of Massachusetts-Lowell: Test-optional
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth: Test-optional
  • University of Missouri system: Test-optional for 2022
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City: Test-flexible  (must have 2.75+ GPA)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Test-flexible  (must have 3.0+ GPA or rank in top half of class)
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Test-optional
  • University of Nevada, Reno: Test-flexible  (must have 3.0+ GPA)
  • University of New England: Test-blind
  • University of New Hampshire: Test-optional
  • University of New Haven: Test-optional
  • University of New Mexico: Test-optional
  • University of Notre Dame: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • University of Oklahoma: Test-optional for 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025
  • University of Oregon: Test-optional
  • University of Pennsylvania: Test-optional for 2022
  • University of Pittsburgh: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • University of Portland: Test-optional for 2022
  • University of Puget Sound: Test-optional
  • University of Redlands: Test-optional
  • University of Rochester: Test-optional
  • University of San Diego: Test-optional  (currently running Test-blind pilot that may be extended)
  • University of San Francisco: Test-optional
  • University of Scranton: Test-flexible  (must have 3.0+ GPA or be in top 30% of graduating class)
  • University of Southern California: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • University of St. Joseph: Test-optional
  • University of St. Thomas: Test-optional
  • The University of the South: Test-optional
  • University of Toronto: Test-optional for 2022
  • University of Tulsa: Test-optional for 2022
  • University of Utah: Test-optional for 2022
  • University of Vermont: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • University of Virginia: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • University of Washington: Test-blind  (except for waitlist considerations)
  • University of Waterloo: Test-optional
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison: Test-optional for 2022
  • Ursinus College: Test-optional
  • Vassar College: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • Vermont Technical College: Test-optional
  • Villanova University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Virginia Commonwealth University: Test-flexible  (must have 3.3+ GPA)
  • Wagner College: Test-optional
  • Wake Forest University: Test-optional
  • Warren Wilson College: Test-optional
  • Washington and Jefferson College: Test-optional
  • Washington and Lee University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Washington College: Test-optional
  • Washington University in St. Louis: Test-optional for 2022
  • Wells College: Test-optional
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology: Test-optional
  • Wesleyan University: Test-optional
  • Western Connecticut State University: Test-flexible  (must have 3.0+ GPA)
  • Western Michigan University: Test-optional
  • Western New England University: Test-optional
  • Westfield State University: Test-optional
  • Westminster College (PA): Test-optional
  • Wheaton College (MA): Test-optional
  • Whitman College: Test-optional
  • Whittier College: Test-optional
  • Willamette University: Test-optional
  • William and Mary: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • Williams College: Test-optional for 2022, 2023
  • Wofford College: Test-optional
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Test-optional
  • Worcester State University: Test-optional
  • Xavier University: Test-optional
  • Yale University: Test-optional for 2022
  • Yeshiva University: Test-optional for 2022

To find out more about Ampla Education’s test preparation courses and university application services, contact us at info@ampla-edu.com

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