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Directory of Schools Going Test Optional for 2020-2021

CCadmin_SorinCCadmin_Sorin 2793 replies319 threads Community Manager
edited June 4 in STUDENT LOUNGE
The onset of the coronavirus emergency has upended the college admissions process for current high school juniors and seniors. Students in 11th grade aren't able to participate in sports, go to in-person classes or take standardized tests, and colleges are aware of these changing circumstances. To mitigate that last issue, many institutions are going test optional for the 2020-2021 admissions period.

The following schools represent a sampling of those that will not require SAT or ACT test scores this fall:

- Amherst College
- Boston University
- Case West Reserve
- Claremont McKenna College
- Columbia University
- Cornell
- Dartmouth
- Davidson
- Haverford
- Northeastern
- Oregon State
- Pomona
- Rhodes
- Scripps
- Tufts
- University of California System
- University of Oregon
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Southern California
- University of Toledo
- University of Virginia
- Vassar
- Virginia Tech
- Williams College

Let us know in the comments below if you hear of other schools.
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  • ArtsyKidDadArtsyKidDad 103 replies13 threads Junior Member
    edited April 27
    Among the top LACs, only a handful remains in the "show me your ACT/SAT" camp.
    Based on the FairTest list updated on 4/23, just 9(!!!) out of the top 46 USNWR-ranked liberal arts colleges still require standardized tests for the next admission cycle.
    Admittedly, the National Universities category is quite a bit behind, with only 17 out of the top 50 going test-optional.
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  • Klm882Klm882 5 replies3 threads New Member
    Virginia Tech
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  • amsunshineamsunshine 1062 replies9 threads Senior Member
    Klm882 wrote: »
    Virginia Tech

    Isn't Virginia Tech going test blind, not test optional? I thought I read that recently.
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  • amsunshineamsunshine 1062 replies9 threads Senior Member
    ^^ Thank you for that.
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  • Armeen.AArmeen.A 2 replies0 threads New Member
    I made a website called 2021admissions. You can link the page to this directory if you want ( https://2021admissions.org/list-of-all-colleges-going-test-optional-for-their-2021-admissions/ )
    It is being updated every single day
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  • smileymommasmileymomma 26 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @Armeen.A yes - I’ve shared your website and sent you an update yesterday. Thanks - your link is very helpful.
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  • AlamereAlamere 68 replies12 threads Junior Member
    edited April 29
  • rexbert12rexbert12 21 replies2 threads Junior Member
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  • pdvxpz20pdvxpz20 26 replies5 threads Junior Member
    edited May 20
    I don't know how many of these were already test-optional, as a warning. I've been making my own list and didn't exclude schools that were already test-optional before. I used Naviance, my GPA, and my PSAT score to order them from less to more accessible for a student from my school with similar stats. So, I know the ordering seems strange. It includes some schools not listed on Fair Test yet. And there are schools like Lewis & Clark that Fair Test claims require an academic portfolio if you do not submit test scores. But that's not true for this upcoming application cycle, as the school's website says it has waived that requirement temporarily. I visited each of these school websites. I am not getting this information from a list somewhere.

    Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
    University of Chicago
    Amherst College
    Cornell University
    Pomona College
    Washington & Lee University
    Williams College
    Claremont McKenna College
    Swarthmore College
    Tufts University
    Carleton College
    Northeastern University
    Colby College
    Vassar College
    Pitzer College
    Haverford College
    Middlebury College
    New York University
    Hamilton College
    Barnard College
    University of Southern California
    Tulane University
    Bowdoin College
    Colorado College
    Davidson College
    Scripps College
    Wellesley College
    Case Western Reserve University
    Macalester College
    Bates College
    University of California Los Angeles
    Boston University
    Wesleyan University
    Wake Forest University
    College of the Holy Cross
    University of California Berkeley
    Cooper Union
    Connecticut College
    Trinity College
    Smith College
    Babson College
    University of Richmond
    Santa Clara University
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Colgate University
    Bryn Mawr College
    California Polytechnic State University-San Lois Obispo
    University of California San Diego
    College of William & Mary
    University of California Santa Barbara
    Franklin & Marshall College
    Temple University
    Brandeis University
    George Washington University
    Skidmore College
    Gettysburg College
    Lafayette College
    University of San Diego
    University of California Irvine
    American University
    Bentley University
    Denison University
    Occidental College
    Trinity University
    Bucknell University
    Providence College
    Mount Holyoke College
    Emerson College
    Baylor University
    Oberlin College
    College of William & Mary
    Loyola Marymount University
    University of California Davis
    Fordham University
    Drury University
    Rhode Island School of Design
    San Diego State University
    Sarah Lawrence College
    Saint Louis University
    University of Washington Seattle
    The College of New Jersey
    University of Tulsa
    Lewis & Clark College
    Virginia Tech
    Bard College at Simon's Rock
    Chapman University
    Bennington College
    Fairfield University
    Butler University
    Texas Christian University
    St. Olaf College
    Elon University
    University of California Riverside
    Bard College
    Clark University
    University of Denver
    University of Dallas
    Sewanee: The University of the South
    Duquesne University
    Rochester Institute of Technology

    I have barely begun a list of test-optional schools that could be safeties. I will add to this in time. Again, this is based on my own GPA and school, so these may not be safeties for others. So far I have

    Michigan State University
    Whitman College
    Lawrence University
    Indiana University Bloomington
    James Madison University
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  • rbc2018rbc2018 253 replies7 threads Junior Member
    Also, JMU is always test-optional.
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  • CK2023CK2023 31 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Do you know if UMD – College Park plans to go test optional?
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  • confusedjunior61confusedjunior61 38 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Fairtest has updated the list and there are 1200+ colleges that are test optional for 2021 cycle.
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  • estone7estone7 2 replies0 threads New Member
    Most on the list accept applications either with test-scores or w/o. Only few like VT is the test blind, meaning no penalty to those application w/o test scores. Will the admission treat them differently? How will the admission evaluate two kinds of applications?
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  • rbc2018rbc2018 253 replies7 threads Junior Member
    @estone7 I always assumed that 'test blind' meant they didn't look at test scores at all, and that 'test optional' means you can decide what will look better for you (and won't be penalized for not submitting test scores). The VT announcement was rather vague, but I interpreted it to be test optional rather than test blind. Maybe I'm misunderstanding how colleges are using the terms.
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  • compmomcompmom 11785 replies81 threads Senior Member
    Here is the Fairtest site: https://www.fairtest.org/university/optional

    While most are "test-optional, note that the list includes schools that don't emphasize test scores. Also, some require test sc ores for merit aid.
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  • rbc2018rbc2018 253 replies7 threads Junior Member
    I tried to post a link to an article that explains the terms, but it's not letting me post. Basically it said 'test blind' means they don't consider test scores. Test optional means they will consider test scores, but you don't have to send them, and I think the implication is that test scores are much less important than other aspects of the application. This matches what I thought the terms meant, but maybe that's not universal. Thought I'd share.
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  • pdvxpz20pdvxpz20 26 replies5 threads Junior Member
    @CK2023 UMCP has not announced any plans to waive SAT and ACT standardized tests for 2021 applicants. UMBC's website at least addresses the issue on its COVID-19 FAQ page. It says "UMBC will still require standardized testing for first-year students applying for admission. Students should plan to test whenever tests are available." Salisbury is the only test-optional, selective school I found for the University System of Maryland.
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  • pdvxpz20pdvxpz20 26 replies5 threads Junior Member
    I had wanted to hold off until I had a lot more than 20 selective schools to add, but both Dartmouth and Columbia went test-optional after the College Board announced yesterday that it was going to pause its efforts on making an at-home version of the SAT (since over 20,000 kids had issues with the at-home AP tests).

    Once again, I do not know how many of these were test-optional before, as I did not separate historically test-optional from newly test-optional. They're ranked by using my school's Naviance. You should check out your own school's data points.

    Dartmouth University
    Columbia University
    Villanova University
    University of Rochester
    University of Miami
    William & Mary
    Rhodes College
    University of Dayton
    Southern Methodist University
    Dickinson College
    University of Connecticut
    Salisbury University
    Florida Southern College
    Syracuse University
    St. Lawrence University
    Gonzaga University
    Earlham College
    College of the Atlantic
    Hollins University
    Rutgers University- New Brunswick
    Wofford College
    Southwestern University

    I told you guys I was going to work on a list of schools that could be safer. Here it is:

    University of California Santa Cruz
    California State University Long Beach
    College of Wooster
    Christopher Newport University
    Drexel University
    California State University Fullerton
    Webster University
    Hofstra University
    University of Portland
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    Brigham Young University Idaho
    Marist College
    Clarkson University
    Ithaca College
    University of Hawaii Manoa
    Lake Forest College
    Creighton University
    Kalamazoo College
    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    Chatham University
    Bradley University
    Catawba College
    William Jewell College
    University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Drake University
    Lawrence University
    University of Cincinnati
    Wabash College
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  • pdvxpz20pdvxpz20 26 replies5 threads Junior Member
    I managed to hold off posting. UPenn, UVA, and Penn State all went test-optional and I showed great restraint, trying to wait until I had a bunch of schools to share with you. But then Caltech went freaking test-blind, and I had to get a list together for you all.

    Here are the ones that have been more selective, according to my school's scattergram on Naviance:

    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Virginia
    Union College (NY)
    University of Delaware
    Hampshire College
    Penn State University Park

    And here are the ones that have been safer choices for the students at my school:

    Austin College
    Hampton University
    DePauw University
    Daemen College
    Texas A&M Galveston
    Gustavus Adolphus College
    SUNY Cortland
    University of San Francisco
    The New School
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  • gevengeven 9 replies1 threads New Member
    I want to give credit where it's due. @ucbalumnus just shared that CSUs aren't just test-optional. They are test-blind! Cal State Apply doesn't require any essays, either, so this next year should be crazy!
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