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Some Colleges are (Temporarily) Shifting to Test-Optional in Response to COVID-19

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With each passing week we hear of colleges that are shifting to a test optional policy on a temporary basis. This is designed to ease the pressure on students impacted by the SAT and ACT cancellations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please keep in mind, that students with standardized testing scores that will support their application can and should still send those scores on to colleges as they will be considered during the review process.

To make it easier for you to keep track of these developments, we’ll keep the list below updated as we learn new information. If you would like to share the name of a school that’s missing from this list, please use the comments box at the end of this post or contact us directly.

Keep in mind you should always check the website of the school for complete details on testing requirements. For example, some test-optional colleges will still require test scores from home-schooled applicants and candidates applying from non-traditional schools and others will still require test scores for merit aid consideration.

Sending you our best wishes for wellness, good spirits, and safety during this time.

Colleges with Temporary Test-Optional Policies in Response to COVID-19

School Name Duration
Alfred University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission.
Amherst College Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Babson University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission, then will review
Baylor University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Boston University Students applying for Fall 2021/Spring 2022 admission, then will review
California State University system Students applying for Fall 2021 admission with 2.5+ GPA
Centre College 3-year pilot
Colgate University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Cooper Union 2-year pilot
Cornell University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Davidson College 3-year pilot
Elon University 3-year pilot
Fordham University 2-year pilot
Gonzaga University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Grand Valley State University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Hamilton College Shift from test-flexible to ACT/SAT optional for Fall 2021/Spring 2022 applicants
Grand Valley State University Students applying for the 2021-22 academic year
Haverford College 3-year pilot
Hawaii Pacific University 3-year pilot
Loyola Marymount University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Meredith College Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Middlebury College Shift from test-flexible to ACT/SAT optional for 3-year pilot
Montana State University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission, with GPA requirements
Murray State University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission with 3.0 GPA
Northeastern University Students applying for the 2021-22 academic year
Oakland University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission, then will review
Oberlin College 3-year pilot
Purdue University Northwest Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Pomona College Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Rensselaer Students applying for Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 admission
Rhodes College 3-year pilot
Santa Clara University Students applying for Winter 2021/Fall 2021 admission
Swarthmore College First year students applying for Fall 2021 or Fall 2022
Texas Christian University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Trinity University (Texas) 3-year pilot
Tufts University 3-year pilot
Tulane University Students applying in the fall 2020 and fall 2021
University of California Berkeley Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of California Davis Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of California Irvine Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of California Los Angeles Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of California Merced Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of California Riverside Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of California San Diego Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of California Santa Barbara Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of California Santa Cruz Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of Cincinnati Students applying for Fall 2021 & Fall 2022 admission
University of Richmond Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of Montana Students applying for Fall 2021 admission, with GPA requirements
University of Pittsburgh-Bradford Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of Southern California Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of Washington Bothell Student applying to any quarter from now through Fall 2021
Virginia Tech Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Vassar College Students applying for Fall 2021 admission, then will review
Villanova University Students Applying for Fall 2021 admission, then will review
Western Michigan University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
William and Mary 3-year pilot
Williams College Students Applying for Fall 2021 Admission
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    Brooke Brennan
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    Any word on Boston college omitting sat for fall 2021 applicants?

    • Karen Guetersloh
      Karen Guetersloh
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      Hi Brooke,
      Thanks for your message. At this writing, they have not changed any of their regular policies for standardized tests.

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