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    Test-optional admissions standards have increased in popularity since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. Some colleges are beginning to reverse this standard, while others plan to make the change permanent. Still, other colleges have plans to extend test-optional standards for another year or two. 

    That said, which colleges are test-optional for the 2024/2025 application cycle? 

    In this article, we will provide two lists to help you stay organized. The first list is composed of permanently test-optional colleges. The second list is composed of colleges that are extending their test-optional admissions standards for at least one more year. So if you’re wondering what schools are test-optional for this application cycle, read on for further facts and insights.

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    Understanding test-optional admissions standards

    During this time of shifting admissions standards, many students find themselves pondering the following questions: What colleges are test-optional? How many colleges are test-optional? And what percent of colleges are test-optional? If you’ve been asking yourself any of these questions, we’re here to clear things up for you.

    While test-optional admissions standards help encourage greater accessibility, it’s important to realize that if you don’t submit standardized test scores, the rest of your college application will have to be that much more compelling. Thankfully, many colleges embrace holistic college admissions standards so there are plenty of ways to put together a competitive college application without submitting test scores. 

    If you don’t submit test scores, make sure you give extra care and attention to your:

    The differences between test-optional, test-flexible, and test blind

    “Test-optional” means that students can choose whether or not to submit standardized test scores as a part of their college application. Students who choose not to submit test scores will not be penalized, but students who submit test scores (especially if these scores are impressive) may receive an advantage.

    “Test-flexible” means that students don’t have to submit test scores, as long as they meet a qualifying GPA. Likewise, some schools require test scores for students applying to particular academic programs, as well as those who are interested in being considered for merit-based scholarships. Homeschooled students are often required to submit standardized test scores as well.

    “Test-blind” means that a college will not look at standardized test scores, even if they are submitted. Test scores are simply not an admissions factor.

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    Are Ivy League colleges test-optional?

    At the beginning of the pandemic, all of the Ivy League colleges adopted test-optional admissions policies, but many of them have recently reinstated their testing requirements. Let’s take a look at each of the Ivy Leagues and what their current testing admissions policies are:

    University Test Policy for 2024-2025 Cycle
    Brown University Requiring SAT or ACT scores for all applicants
    Columbia University Permanently test-optional
    Cornell University Test-optional through at least the 2025-2026 cycle
    Dartmouth College Requiring SAT or ACT scores for all applicants
    Harvard University Test-optional through at least the 2025-2026 cycle
    University of Pennsylvania Test-optional through at least the 2024-2025 cycle
    Princeton University Test-optional through at least the 2025-2026 cycle
    Yale University Requiring SAT, ACT, or IB or AP exam scores for all applicants

    Even with the recent rise of reinstating testing requirements, to get into an Ivy League college you’ll still need a comprehensive college application strategy. This is why it’s important to be aware of the latest policies and trends.

    List of test-optional schools for the 2024/2025 cycle

    If you’re interested in applying to test-optional colleges for the 2024/2025 cycle, then look no further! The following list includes all schools that will not require test scores for at least the following year.

    • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
    • Adelphi University
    • Adrian College
    • Agnes Scott College
    • Alabama State University
    • Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    • Albany State University
    • Albertus Magnus College
    • Albion College
    • Albright College
    • Alfred University
    • Allegheny College
    • Alvernia University
    • Alverno College
    • American International College
    • American University
    • Amherst College
    • Anna Maria College
    • Appalachian State University
    • Aquinas College
    • Arkansas State University
    • Asbury University
    • Assumption University
    • ATI College-Whittier
    • Atlanta Metropolitan State College
    • Atlantis University-Florida Palms University
    • Auburn University
    • Augusta University
    • Augustana College
    • Augustana University
    • Austin College
    • Austin Peay State University
    • Azusa Pacific University
    • Babson College
    • Baldwin Wallace University
    • Ball State University
    • Bard College
    • Bard College at Simon’s Rock
    • Barnard College
    • Bates College
    • Bay Path University
    • Baylor University
    • Belmont Abbey College
    • Belmont University
    • Beloit College
    • Benedictine College
    • Bennington College
    • Bentley University
    • Berea College
    • Bethel University
    • Bethel University
    • Bethel University
    • Binghamton University
    • Biola University
    • Bloomfield College
    • Boston College
    • Boston University
    • Bowdoin College
    • Bowie State University
    • Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
    • Brandeis University
    • Brenau University
    • Brescia University
    • Brevard College
    • Bridgewater College
    • Bridgewater State University
    • Brigham Young University
    • Brigham Young University-Idaho
    • Bryant University
    • Bryn Athyn College of the New Church
    • Bryn Mawr College
    • Bucknell University
    • Caldwell University
    • California Jazz Conservatory
    • Calvin University
    • Campbell University
    • Carleton College
    • Carnegie Mellon University
    • Carroll College
    • Carroll University
    • Carthage College
    • Case Western Reserve University
    • Catawba College
    • Cedar Crest College
    • Central Connecticut State University
    • Central Methodist University-College of Graduate and Extended Studies
    • Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Central Michigan University
    • Centre College
    • Champlain College
    • Chatham University
    • Chowan University
    • Christopher Newport University
    • Citadel Military College of South Carolina
    • Claremont McKenna College
    • Clark Atlanta University
    • Clark University
    • Clarke University
    • Clarkson University
    • Clayton State University
    • Cleveland State University
    • Clinton College
    • Colby College
    • Colgate University
    • College for Creative Studies
    • College of Charleston
    • College of Coastal Georgia
    • College of Our Lady of the Elms
    • College of Saint Benedict
    • College of Staten Island CUNY
    • College of the Atlantic
    • College of the Holy Cross
    • Colorado Christian University
    • Colorado College
    • Columbia University in the City of New York
    • Columbus College of Art and Design
    • Columbus State University
    • Concord University
    • Concordia University Texas
    • Concordia University-Saint Paul
    • Connecticut College
    • Converse University
    • Coppin State University
    • Cornell College
    • Cornell University
    • Cornerstone University
    • Covenant College
    • Creighton University
    • CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
    • CUNY Brooklyn College
    • CUNY City College
    • CUNY Graduate School and University Center
    • CUNY Hunter College
    • CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
    • CUNY Lehman College
    • CUNY Medgar Evers College
    • CUNY New York City College of Technology
    • CUNY Queens College
    • CUNY York College
    • Dallas Baptist University
    • Dalton State College
    • Daytona College
    • Dean College
    • Delaware Valley University
    • Denison University
    • DePaul University
    • DePauw University
    • Dewey University-Carolina
    • Dewey University-Hato Rey
    • Dewey University-Juana Díaz
    • Dewey University-Manati
    • Dickinson College
    • Dillard University
    • Doane University
    • Dominican University
    • Dominican University New York
    • Dominican University of California
    • Dordt University
    • Drake University
    • Drew University
    • Drexel University
    • Duke University
    • Duquesne University
    • Earlham College
    • East Carolina University
    • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
    • Eastern Connecticut State University
    • Eastern Michigan University
    • Eastern University
    • Eckerd College
    • Edgewood College
    • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
    • Elizabeth City State University
    • Elmira College
    • Elon University
    • Emerson College
    • Emory & Henry College
    • Emory University
    • Evangel University
    • Fairfield University
    • Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus
    • Farmingdale State College
    • Faulkner University
    • Fayetteville State University
    • Ferris State University
    • Ferrum College
    • Fitchburg State University
    • Flagler College
    • Fordham University
    • Fort Valley State University
    • Framingham State University
    • Franklin and Marshall College
    • Franklin Pierce University
    • Franklin W Olin College of Engineering
    • Front Range Community College
    • Furman University
    • George Mason University
    • George Washington University
    • Georgia Gwinnett College
    • Georgia Highlands College
    • Georgia Military College
    • Georgia Southern University
    • Georgia Southwestern State University
    • Georgia State University
    • Georgian Court University
    • Gettysburg College
    • Gordon College
    • Gordon State College
    • Goucher College
    • Grand Valley State University
    • Grays Harbor College
    • Grinnell College
    • Grove City College
    • Guilford College
    • Gustavus Adolphus College
    • Gwynedd Mercy University
    • Hamilton College
    • Hampden-Sydney College
    • Hampton University
    • Hanover College
    • Hardin-Simmons University
    • Hartwick College
    • Harvey Mudd College
    • Hastings College
    • Haverford College
    • Hawaii Pacific University
    • Henderson State University
    • Hendrix College
    • High Point University
    • Hiram College
    • Hobart William Smith Colleges
    • Hofstra University
    • Hollins University
    • Holy Cross College
    • Hood College
    • Hope College
    • Hope International University
    • Houghton University
    • Houston Baptist University
    • Howard University
    • Illinois College
    • Immaculata University
    • Indiana Institute of Technology-College of Professional Studies
    • Indiana State University
    • Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
    • Institute of Production and Recording
    • Iona University
    • Iowa State University
    • Ithaca College
    • Jackson College
    • Jacksonville State University
    • James Madison University
    • Jewish Theological Seminary of America
    • John Carroll University
    • Johns Hopkins University
    • Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
    • Johnson & Wales University-Providence
    • Johnson C Smith University
    • Judson University
    • Juniata College
    • Kalamazoo College
    • Kean University
    • Kennesaw State University
    • Kentucky Wesleyan College
    • Kenyon College
    • Kettering University
    • Keuka College
    • Keystone College
    • King University
    • King’s College
    • Knox College
    • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
    • Lafayette College
    • Lake Erie College
    • Lake Forest College
    • Lasell University
    • Lawrence Technological University
    • Lawrence University
    • Le Moyne College
    • Lebanon Valley College
    • Lees-McRae College
    • Lehigh University
    • Lewis University
    • Liberty University
    • Life Pacific University
    • Lincoln Memorial University
    • Lincoln University
    • Lindenwood University
    • Linfield University
    • Lipscomb University
    • Lock Haven University
    • Lone Star College System
    • Longwood University
    • Loyola Marymount University
    • Loyola University Maryland
    • Lycoming College
    • Lynn University
    • Macalester College
    • Madonna University
    • Maine Maritime Academy
    • Manchester University
    • Manhattan College
    • Manhattanville College
    • Marian University
    • Marist College
    • Marquette University
    • Mars Hill University
    • Maryville College
    • Marywood University
    • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
    • Massachusetts Maritime Academy
    • Menlo College
    • Mercer University
    • Mercyhurst University
    • Miami University-Oxford
    • Michigan State University
    • MidAmerica Nazarene University
    • Middle Georgia State University
    • Middlebury College
    • Midway University
    • Millennia Atlantic University
    • Milligan University
    • Milwaukee School of Engineering
    • Missouri Baptist University
    • Missouri University of Science and Technology
    • Mitchell College
    • Molloy College
    • Monmouth College
    • Monmouth University
    • Montana State University Billings
    • Montana State University-Northern
    • Montana Technological University
    • Montclair State University
    • Moravian University
    • Morgan State University
    • Mount Holyoke College
    • Mount Marty University
    • Mount Mercy University
    • Mount Saint Joseph University
    • Mount Saint Mary College
    • Mount St. Mary’s University
    • Muhlenberg College
    • Muskingum University
    • Nazareth College
    • New Jersey Institute of Technology
    • New York University
    • Niagara University
    • Nichols College
    • Norfolk State University
    • North Carolina A & T State University
    • North Carolina Central University
    • North Carolina State University at Raleigh
    • North Dakota State University-Main Campus
    • North Park University
    • Northeastern University
    • Northland College
    • Northwest Missouri State University
    • Northwestern College
    • Northwestern University
    • Notre Dame of Maryland University
    • Nova Southeastern University
    • Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College
    • Oakland University
    • Oberlin College
    • Occidental College
    • Oglethorpe University
    • Ohio Christian University
    • Ohio Northern University
    • Ohio State University-Main Campus
    • Ohio Wesleyan University
    • Old Dominion University
    • Olivet College
    • Oral Roberts University
    • Oregon Institute of Technology
    • Oregon State University-Cascades Campus
    • Otterbein University
    • Pace University
    • Pacific College
    • Pacific Lutheran University
    • Pacific University
    • Paier College
    • Paul Quinn College
    • Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science
    • Pennsylvania Institute of Technology
    • Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
    • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington
    • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona
    • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Beaver
    • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks
    • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine
    • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State DuBois
    • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College
    • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Fayette- Eberly
    • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Greater Allegheny
    • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg
    • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Hazleton
    • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley
    • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Mont Alto
    • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State New Kensington
    • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Schuylkill
    • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Scranton
    • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Shenango
    • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Wilkes-Barre
    • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State York
    • Pennsylvania State University-World Campus
    • Pepperdine University
    • Point Park University
    • Pomona College
    • Pratt Institute-Main
    • Presbyterian College
    • Prescott College
    • Princeton University
    • Principia College
    • Providence College
    • Purdue University Fort Wayne
    • Purdue University Global
    • Purdue University Northwest
    • Queens University of Charlotte
    • Quincy College
    • Quinnipiac University
    • Radford University
    • Randolph College
    • Randolph-Macon College
    • Regis College
    • Reinhardt University
    • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    • Rhode Island School of Design
    • Rhodes College
    • Rice University
    • Rider University
    • Ripon College
    • Rivier University
    • Roanoke College
    • Robert Morris University
    • Roberts Wesleyan University
    • Rochester Christian University
    • Rochester Institute of Technology
    • Rockhurst University
    • Rogers State University
    • Rollins College
    • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
    • Rosemont College
    • Rowan University
    • Russell Sage College
    • Rutgers University-Camden
    • Rutgers University-New Brunswick
    • Sacred Heart University
    • Saint Anselm College
    • Saint Elizabeth University
    • Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
    • Saint Joseph’s University
    • Saint Leo University
    • Saint Louis University
    • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
    • Saint Michael’s College
    • Saint Norbert College
    • Saint Xavier University
    • Salem College
    • Salem State University
    • Salisbury University
    • Salve Regina University
    • Sam Houston State University
    • Samford University
    • Santa Clara University
    • Sarah Lawrence College
    • Savannah College of Art and Design
    • Savannah State University
    • Schoolcraft Community College District
    • Schreiner University
    • Scripps College
    • Seattle Pacific University
    • Seattle University
    • Seton Hall University
    • Siena College
    • Siena Heights University
    • Simpson College
    • Sinclair Community College
    • Sisseton Wahpeton College
    • Skagit Valley College
    • Skidmore College
    • Smith College
    • South Georgia State College
    • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Southern Adventist University
    • Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
    • Southern Methodist University
    • Southern Nazarene University
    • Southern New Hampshire University
    • Southern Utah University
    • Southern Wesleyan University
    • Southwestern University
    • Spalding University
    • Spelman College
    • Spring Arbor University
    • Spring Hill College
    • Springfield College
    • St Lawrence University
    • St Olaf College
    • St. Andrews University
    • St. John Fisher University
    • St. John’s College
    • St. John’s University-New York
    • St. Joseph’s University-New York
    • St. Mary’s College of Maryland
    • St. Mary’s University
    • St. Thomas Aquinas College
    • Stanford University
    • State University of New York at New Paltz

    • State University of New York at Oswego
    • Stephens College
    • Stevens Institute of Technology
    • Stevenson University
    • Stockton University
    • Stony Brook University
    • Suffolk University
    • SUNY at Albany
    • SUNY at Fredonia
    • SUNY at Purchase College
    • SUNY Brockport
    • SUNY Buffalo State University
    • SUNY College at Geneseo
    • SUNY College at Old Westbury
    • SUNY College at Plattsburgh
    • SUNY College at Potsdam
    • SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill
    • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
    • SUNY College of Technology at Alfred
    • SUNY College of Technology at Canton
    • SUNY College of Technology at Delhi
    • SUNY Cortland
    • SUNY Maritime College
    • SUNY Morrisville
    • SUNY Oneonta
    • SUNY Polytechnic Institute
    • Susquehanna University
    • Swarthmore College
    • Sweet Briar College
    • Syracuse University
    • Tallahassee Community College
    • Temple University
    • Texas A & M University-College Station
    • Texas A & M University-Commerce
    • Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi
    • Texas A & M University-Kingsville
    • Texas A&M University-San Antonio
    • Texas A&M University-Texarkana
    • Texas Christian University
    • Texas College
    • Texas Lutheran University
    • Texas Southern University
    • Texas Tech University
    • The College of Idaho
    • The College of New Jersey
    • The College of Saint Scholastica
    • The College of Wooster
    • The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
    • The Evergreen State College
    • The New School
    • The University of Alabama
    • The University of Findlay
    • The University of Texas Permian Basin
    • The University of the South
    • Thiel College
    • Thomas College
    • Transylvania University
    • Trevecca Nazarene University
    • Trine University
    • Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses
    • Trinity Christian College
    • Trinity College
    • Trinity University
    • Trocaire College
    • Truman State University
    • Tufts University
    • Tulane University of Louisiana
    • Tusculum University
    • Tuskegee University
    • Union College
    • Union University
    • University of Akron Main Campus
    • University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • University of Alabama in Huntsville
    • University of Alaska Fairbanks
    • University of Arkansas
    • University of Baltimore
    • University of Bridgeport
    • University of Chicago
    • University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
    • University of Connecticut
    • University of Denver
    • University of Detroit Mercy
    • University of Evansville
    • University of Hartford
    • University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis
    • University of Idaho
    • University of Iowa
    • University of Kentucky
    • University of La Verne
    • University of Louisville
    • University of Mary
    • University of Mary Washington
    • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
    • University of Maryland-Baltimore County
    • University of Maryland-College Park
    • University of Massachusetts Global
    • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
    • University of Massachusetts-Boston
    • University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
    • University of Massachusetts-Lowell
    • University of Miami
    • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    • University of Michigan-Dearborn
    • University of Minnesota-Morris
    • University of Minnesota-Rochester
    • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
    • University of Missouri-Columbia
    • University of Missouri-Kansas City
    • University of Missouri-St Louis
    • University of Montevallo
    • University of Mount Olive
    • University of Mount Union
    • University of New Hampshire at Manchester
    • University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
    • University of New Haven
    • University of North Alabama
    • University of North Carolina at Asheville
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    • University of North Carolina at Pembroke
    • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
    • University of North Carolina Wilmington
    • University of North Georgia
    • University of Northern Iowa
    • University of Notre Dame
    • University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus
    • University of Oregon
    • University of Pennsylvania
    • University of Pittsburgh-Bradford
    • University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg
    • University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
    • University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
    • University of Portland
    • University of Puget Sound
    • University of Redlands
    • University of Rhode Island
    • University of Richmond
    • University of Rochester
    • University of Saint Joseph
    • University of San Francisco
    • University of Silicon Valley
    • University of South Alabama
    • University of South Carolina-Columbia
    • University of Southern California
    • University of Southern Maine
    • University of St Thomas
    • University of the Ozarks
    • University of Utah
    • University of Valley Forge
    • University of Vermont
    • University of Virginia-Main Campus
    • University of Virginia’s College at Wise
    • University of Washington-Bothell Campus
    • University of Washington-Seattle Campus
    • University of Washington-Tacoma Campus
    • University of West Georgia
    • University of Wisconsin – Madison
    • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
    • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
    • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
    • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
    • University of Wisconsin-Parkside
    • University of Wisconsin-River Falls
    • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
    • University of Wisconsin-Stout
    • University of Wisconsin-Superior
    • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    • University of Wyoming
    • Ursinus College
    • Utah State University
    • Utica University
    • Valdosta State University
    • Valparaiso University
    • Vanderbilt University
    • Vassar College
    • Villanova University
    • Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Virginia Military Institute
    • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • Virginia Union University
    • Virginia Wesleyan University
    • Wabash College
    • Wagner College
    • Wake Forest University
    • Walsh University
    • Warren Wilson College
    • Washington & Jefferson College
    • Washington and Lee University
    • Washington College
    • Washington University in St Louis
    • Wayne State University
    • Waynesburg University
    • Webb Institute
    • Wellesley College
    • Wentworth Institute of Technology
    • Wesleyan College
    • Wesleyan University
    • West Chester University of Pennsylvania
    • West Liberty University
    • West Virginia University
    • West Virginia Wesleyan College
    • Western Carolina University
    • Western Connecticut State University
    • Western Illinois University
    • Western New England University
    • Western Oregon University
    • Westmont College
    • Wheaton College (Massachusetts)
    • Whitman College
    • Whitworth University
    • Widener University
    • Wilkes University
    • Willamette University
    • William & Mary
    • William Jewell College
    • William Paterson University of New Jersey
    • Williams College
    • Wilson College
    • Winston-Salem State University
    • Winthrop University
    • Wittenberg University
    • Wofford College
    • Worcester State University
    • Wright State University-Main Campus
    • Xavier University
    • Xavier University of Louisiana
    • Yeshiva University
    • York College of Pennsylvania
    • Zaytuna College

    Key takeaways and moving forward

    After reviewing which schools are test-optional, you may want to review the upcoming SAT and ACT test dates. There are lots of ways to prepare for the SAT and ACT, so if testing doesn’t necessarily come naturally to you, review our SAT study plan and schedule for guidance.

    Remember, submitting standardized test scores can help provide further depth to your overall application and can help you stand out from your peers if you test well. If you feel like you could benefit from professional guidance during this college application season, reach out to learn more about our services. Here at Prepory, we have the tools to help you meet all of your college goals.

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