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We created the table below with the High School Class of 2022 in mind. It is a sampling of admission statistics at well-known colleges in the U.S. and it’s one of the many pieces of information you will find in our annual College Admission Testing Guide.

Any changes to admission policies that were announced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are listed in the “Notes” section (e. g. test-optional for 2020-2021 admission cycle only, test-optional for a three-year trial, etc.). While many colleges have changed to a test-optional policy for one year, we expect these policy changes to be re-evaluated at the end of the 2021 admission cycle.

A few things to note:

• College selectivity is often measured by the school’s Acceptance Rate. (acceptance rate = # of accepted candidates/# of candidate applicants)

Yield is a measure of the school’s ability to enroll its accepted candidates. While some of the most selective schools, notably Harvard and Yale, yield a very high percentage of candidates, many competitive schools enroll fewer than half of their admitted candidates. (yield = # of enrolled candidates/# of accepted candidates)

• SAT and ACT submission percentages indicate the percentage of applicants sending SAT scores versus ACT scores to a particular institution.

College testing requirements vary and are constantly shifting. The original data set in this chart is from July 2020 and we’ll do our best to keep it current. Please be sure to check college websites for pandemic updates and other specific requirements.

Note: this chart is best viewed on your desktop
January 19 update: Keep in mind Subject Test and SAT Essay requirements will change in light of the College Board announcement.

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