Update on College Admissions Testing

The cancellations of the SAT and ACT tests due to Covid-19 has left many students in the class of 2021 worried they may not be able to complete testing in time in order to apply at the school of their choice. However, colleges have taken the concerns into consideration and are adapting their admissions testing policies. Some have adopted a temporary test-optional stance during this uncertain time. Others have moved toward permanent test-optional policies.

Colleges are making announcements frequently, updating their testing policies and the specifics of the policies differ by school. In an effort to make the research a little easier, we made a list of colleges that have announced a change to their admission policies in response to Covid-19. This list is not exhaustive, so please be sure to check with the school you are considering if it is not on this list.

COLLEGEPOLICY IN BRIEFHELPFUL LINKS
Albion CollegeTest optional for students applying for Fall 2020How is COVID-19 Affecting Admission?
Alfred
University
Test-optional for spring and fall 2021Here (under Test Scores)
Alma CollegeSuspended SAT/ACT requirements for traditional first-year students between 1 April 2020 and 30 September 2021Admissions & Aid page
Amherst CollegeTest-optional policy extended to students entering in 2021, 2022, and 2023.Admissions site
Anderson
University
Test-optional effective immediatelyAnnouncement
Angelo State
University
Test-optional for 2020-2021.Announcement
Austin Peay State
University
Test-optional for fall and summer 2021 for standardized testing (SAT, ACT, and GRE).Announcement
Babson
College
Test-optional for 2022-23. 2023-24, and 2024-25 academic years.Update
Barnard
College
Test optional for 2020-2021 and 2022-2023.Announcement
Barrett, The
Honors College
of Arizona State
University
Test blind for Spring and Fall 2021.Admissions FAQs
Baylor
University
Test-optional for 2021. Extended for the Fall 2022 and 2023.Press release
Bentley
University
Test-optional for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.First-year Applicants
Bloomberg
University
Test-optional for 2020-2021 admissions cycle.Announcement
Boston
College
Test-optional for the 2021-22 admission cycle.Announcement
Boston
University
Test-optional for first-year students applying for fall 2022
and spring 2023. Applies to all undergraduate schools and
colleges at BU and all scholarship programs.
BU admissions site

Update
Briar Cliff
University
Waiving SAT/ACT score requirement for current high school seniors Briar Cliff announcement
Bucknell
University
Test-optional beginning in fall 2020 for a 5 year pilot program.Announcement
Buena Vista
University
Test-optional for 2021 Test-Optional Announcement
California Institute
of Technology
Two year moratorium on SAT and ACT requirements (for Fall 2021 and Fall 2022).First-Year Application Requirements
California State
University
Suspends use of SAT/ACT requirements for the academic year 2021-2022 High School Guidance – First-Time First-Year Students
Carnegie Mellon
University
Test-optional for fall 2021.Standardized Testing Requirements
Centre CollegeTest-optional for 2021, 2022, and 2023 admissions cyclesCentre announcement
Clemson
University
Test-optional for 2021-22.Announcement
Coastal
Carolina
University
Test-optional for Fall 2021 applicants with a minimum 3.5 high school GPACCU announcement
College of
Charleston
Test-optional for fall 2021, fall 2022, and fall 2023. Scores
are still required for homeschooled students.
Test-optional FAQs
College of
Coastal
Georgia
Test-optional for summer and fall 2020Announcement
Columbia
University
Test-optional policy for first year applicants to Columbia College
and Columbia Engineering extended through
2021-2022 admissions cycle.
Extension announcement
College of
Wooster
Test-optional for fall 2021 entering class and beyondWooster announcement
Dartmouth
College
Test-optional for the class of 2025.Announcement
Drury
University
Test-optional school, beginning with applications
for fall 2021 and beyond. Test-optional applicants will have an
additional 250 to 500-word essay as part of the scholarship and award process
Drury announcement
Duke
University
Test-optional for 2021-2022 admissions cycle.Announcement
East Tennessee
State university
Test-optional for 2021. Scores still required for scholarships.Undergraduate Admissions: Provide Test Scores
Eastern Illinois
University
Test-optional for fall 2021.Admissions Requirements
Eastern Michigan
University
Test-optional for fall 2020. Applies only to
incoming first-year domestic students.
Policy
Elizabethtown
College
Test optional for fall 2021.Announcement
Elmhurst
University
Test-optional for 2020-21.Announcement
Emory
University
Test-optional for 2020-2021 academic year.
Test optional policy extended to Fall 2022.
Policy
Fordham
University
Test-optional for two year period beginning
with the fall 2021 class.
Announcement
Fort Lewis
College
Test-optional for 2021.
Announcement
Georgetown
College
Test-optional for 2021.
Announcement
Georgetown
University
Test-flexible for 2021 (class of 2025).A Flexible Approach to Testing Requirements
Grand Valley
State
University
Test-optional for fall 2021Undergraduate Admissions Requirements (under Freshman Requirements)
Greenville
University
Test-optional for 2021 and beyondPress release
Hamilton
College
Test-optional for 2021-2022 academic yearHamilton announcement
Harvard
University
Test-optional for those applying for admission to the class of 2025Admissions Application Considerations for the Class of 2025
Haverford
College
Test-optional for first year and transfer
applicants for a three year trial beginning
with students entering Fall 2021
Haverford Admissions blog announcement
Howard
University
Test-optional for 2020-2021 admission
cycle. Does not extend to the Karsh STEM program.
Domestic Undergraduate Admissions (#4)
Indiana
University Fort
Wayne
Test-optional beginning with spring 2021 and beyondAdmissions steps page (under “Take the SAT or ACT exam)
Indiana
University
Northwest
SAT/ACT scores requirements waived for
students entering fall 2020
IU Northwest announcement
Indiana
University
Southeast
Test-optional for summer and fall 2020 enrollmentACT/SAT waiver
Iowa State
University
Test-optional for 2021 academic yearAnnouncement from the Board of Regents
IUPUITest-optional beginning 2021 and beyondAdmissions page (under “Regarding the SAT or ACT exam”)
Jacksonville
State
University
SAT and ACT requirements waived through Fall 2021Announcement
Johns Hopkins
University
Test-optional for the fall 2021Announcement
Loyola
Marymount
University
Test-optional for fall 2021 applicantsAnnouncement page
Loyola
University
New Orleans
Test blind starting in fall 2021. Students hoping to
receive state-funded scholarships will still need to
submit SAT and ACT scores to determine
scholarship eligibility.
Announcement
Marietta
College
Test-optional for 2021-2022.Test Optional Admission FAQ
Marymount
University
Adopting a complete test-optional policy
stating with the Fall 2021 semester
Announcement
Massachusetts
Institute of
Technology
Test-optional for 2021-2022 application cycle.Tests & Scores
Minnesota State
University
Moorhead
Test-optional beginning Fall 2020 and beyond.Announcement
Missouri State
University
Test-optional for students with a 3.25 high school GPA
or higher. The university will also accept
ACT/SAT superscores.
Announcement
NCAA
Eligibility
Center
Waiving SAT/ACT requirement for
student-athletes entering Division I and II
colleges in the 2020-21 academic year
(applies only to students graduating in spring/summer 2020).

The Eligibility Center will also adjust it’s approach to
pass/fail grades received in spring/summer 2020
by students at all grade levels. 

Update: Waiving SAT/ACT requirement for student-athletes
entering Division I and II colleges in the 2021-22 academic year.
NCAA Eligibility Center COVID-19 FAQ
North Dakota
State
University
Test-optional for Fall 2020-Spring 2022.ACT/SAT Frequently Asked Questions
Northeastern
University
Test-optional for prospective students for the 2021-2022
academic year. Includes undergraduate and graduate students.
Announcement page
Northwestern
University
Announcement page
Oakland
University
Test-optional for Fall 2021 and 2022Test-Optional Admission
Ohio
University-
Athens
Campus
Adopted a permanent test-optional policyAnnouncement
Oregon State
University
Test-optional for undergraduates entering in fall 2021
and beyond
OSU announcement
PennStateTest-optional policy extended through 2023Extension Announcement
Princeton
University
Test-optional pause extended through the 2021-22
application cycle.
Update
Purdue
University
Northwest
Test-optional for summer and fall 2020Admissions page
Rhodes
College
Test-optional for 3 years, which will serve
as a pilot project to determine if the test-optional
policy should continue
Rhodes announcement
Rice
University
Test-optional for 2020-2021.
Announcement
Rivier
University
Test-optional policy extended to nursing
program for fall 2021.
Announcement
Rutgers
University-
Camden
Test-optional for Fall 2021Announcement about 2021
Rutgers
University-
Newark
Test-optional for Fall 2021Announcement
Rutgers
University-
New Brunswick
Test-optional for Spring and Fall 2021New Brunswick enrollment FAQs
Saint Louis
University
Test-optional for 2021-2022 academic year for most
programs
Announcement
Seattle
University
Test-optional starting fall 2021. GRE and GMAT will be
optional for non-law graduate programs for the 2020-21
academic year.
SU announcement
Southeast
Missouri State
University
Expanded its test-optional admissions
policy beginning in fall 2021. With the expansion of the
policy, some scholarships are now
test-optional (list on the test-optional page).
Announcement
Southern Illinois
University
Edwardsville
Test-optional Spring and Fall 2021.Announcement
Southern
Methodist
University
Test-optional for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021.Undergraduate Temporary Test-Optional Policy
Southwest
Baptist
University
Test-optional policy extended to Spring 2021 and
Fall 2021 semesters
May take online Classic Learning Test (CLT)
to potentially improve academic scholarship eligibility
Extension announcement
Stanford
University
Test-optional for 2021-2022 admission cycle.Announcement
State University
of New York
SAT/ACT requirements suspended for 2021-2022.Announcement
Stephen F.
Austin State
University
Test-optional for 2020-2021 academic year.Freshman Students
St. Edward’s
University
Test-optional for undergraduate
applicants for fall 2021 and beyond
St. Edward’s announcement
Swarthmore
College
Test-optional for applicants during the
2020-2021 and 2021-2022 cycles

Students can now choose to report results
from previous tests, including the PSAT and PreACT

In fall 2022, the college will assess the policy and
determine whether to continue
Swarthmore announcement

Syracuse
University
Test-optional for fall 2021 and 2022.Announcement
Tennessee
State
University
Test-optional for fall 2020
Announcement
Texas A&M
University
Test-optional for spring, summer, and fall
of 2021
Announcement
Texas Christian
University
Test-optional for students entering in fall 2021

Students should consider their academic record
and co-curricular experiences when deciding whether
to submit test scores
TCU announcement
Texas Tech
University
Test-optional for 2021 and 2022 terms.
Test Optional Information
The College of
New Jersey
Test-optional beginning with 2020-2021
admission cycle for a three year period.
Does not apply to the seven year medical
program or optometry program.
Announcement
Trinity
University-TX
Test-optional for a 3-year period starting
with applicants for Fall 2021
Applicants can self-report unofficial test
scores via applicant portal
TOEFL, IELTS, DET still required
Trinity announcement
Tulane
University
Test-optional for 2021-2022.Tulane Announcement
University of
Alabama
Test-optional for 2021.Announcement
University of
Alabama in
Huntsville
Test-optional for 2021 and 2022.Announcement
University of
Arkansas
Test-optional for summer and fall 2021.Test Score Policy
University of
Central Missouri
Test-optional beginning in fall 2020 for students
with a 3.5 GPA or higher. Scores still required for
Direct Entry Nursing Program, Education majors,
Honors College, NCAA Athletics, and automatic merit scholarships.
Announcement
University of
Central Oklahoma
Test-optional for 2021.
Homeschooled students or students
who attend unaccredited high schools are still
required to submit SAT or ACT scores.
 Announcement
University of
Cincinnati
Test-optional for a two year period starting
with 2021 applicants.
Test scores are still required for the Honors Program,
the College of Nursing Direct-Admit BSN program,
and the Early Childhood Education Program.
Test-Optional FAQ

Announcement
University of
Connecticut
Test-optional beginning with the 2021-2022
academic year for the next three admission cycles.
Press release
University of
Deleware
Test-optional for 2021 applicants,
regardless of residency.
Announcement
University of
Hawai’i at
Manoa
Test-optional for 2021-2022 academic years.Announcement 
University of
Houston
System
Test-optional through summer 2022.Announcement
University of
Illinois System
Test-optional for 2021-2022, 2022-2023,
and 2023-2024.
Announcement
University of
Iowa
Test-optional for 2021 academic year.Board of Regents Announcement
University of
Kentucky
Test-optional for 2021-2022, 2022-23, 2023-24
and 2024-25.
Announcement
University of
Louisville
Test-optional for Spring 2021, Summer
2021 and Fall 2021.
ACT/SAT Information
University of
Memphis
Test-flexible policy for fall 2021Press release
University of
Miami
Piloting test-optional policy for fall 2021.Announcement
University of
Minnesota
Duluth
Test-optional starting with applicants for
the spring and fall 2021
Announcement
University of
Minnesota-
Twin Cities
Test-optional for 2021.
Freshman Requirements
University of
Nebraska-
Lincoln
Test-optional policy adopted August 2020.Announcement
University of
New England
Piloting a test-blind policy for 2020-2021
academic year.
Announcement
University of
Mobile
Test-optional for Fall 2020University of Mobile announcement
University of
Northern Iowa
Test-optional for 2021.Announcement from the Board of Regents
University of
Notre Dame
Test-optional for 2022 and 2023
application cycles.
Evaluation Criteria
University of
Oklahoma
Test-optional through the 2025
admissions cycle.
Announcement
University of
Oregon
Test-optional for students entering fall
2021 and beyond.

Standardized test scores will still
be needed for certain automatic
scholarships.
UO announcement
University of
Pennsylvania
Test-optional policy extended through
2021-2022 admissions cycle.
Announcement
University of
Pittsburgh
Test-optional through Fall 2023.Test-Optional
University of
Rhode Island
Test-optional for 2021.First-Year Student Admission
University of
Richmond
Test-optional for 2021.Announcement
University of
San Diego
Test-blind for 2020-2021
admissions cycle.
Announcement
University of
South Carolina
Test-optional for 2021.Requirements for Freshmen
University of
Southern
California
Test-optional policy extended for 2022-23
and 2023-24 academic years.
Update
University of
Tennessee
Test-optional for 2021.* 

*Test scores are still required for homeschooled
students, students who attended a school that
did not use alpha/numerical grades,
and student athletes held to
NCAA eligibility standards.
Test Score Policy
University of
Texas at Austin
Test-optional for fall 2021Announcement
University of
Toledo
Piloting a test-optional admissions model for
summer and fall 2020
Test-optional NOT available to:
・Home-schooled students
・Students who attend high schools that do not report grades 
・Students applying for majors in the colleges of Nursing,
Engineering, and Health and Human Services 

Will use self-reported grades and GPAs to conditionally admit
students until final transcripts are available
UToledo test-optional admissions page
University of
Utah
Test-optional for 2021-2023.Test-Optional FAQ
University of
Vermont
Test-optional for 2020-2021.Announcement
University of
Virginia
Test-optional for 2021, 2022,
and 2023.
Announcement
University of
Washington
Test-optional for fall 2021 and beyond.
The change is immediately in effect for the Seattle campus.
The standardized testing policies for UW Bothell and UW
Tacoma will be reviewed.
Announcement
University of
Wisconsin-Madison
Test-optional policy extended through summer 2023.Announcement
Virginia Tech
Test-optional for 2021-2022.
Update for 2021-2022
Washington State
University
Vancouver
Test-optional for Fall 2020News article
Wellesley
College
Test optional for first-year applicants
entering in fall 2021

Suspending the regular Decision with
Early Evaluation option for first-year applicants
entering fall 2021

Regular decision deadline moved
to January 8 from January 15
Wellesley admissions page
West PointTest-flexible for 2021 admissions cycle (class of 2025).
Students unable to submit SAT or ACT will be required to
submit a PSAT score. For students seeking consideration for
admission without an SAT or ACT score and without a PSAT
score, supporting information should be provided for
consideration.
Steps to Admission
William and
Mary
Launching a three-year test-optional
pilot program with the 2020-2021 academic year.
Announcement 
Williams
College
Test-optional for students applying for
entry in fall 2021, 2022, or 2023.
Announcement
Worcester
Polytechnic
Institute
Piloting an eight-year test blind admissions
process starting with applicants for Fall 2022.
Test-Blind Admissions
Wright State
University
Test-optional for summer 2021, fall 2021,
and fall 2022. The application fee has been
waived for summer and fall 2021.
Announcement
Yale UniversityTest-optional for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022
admissions cycles.
Announcement
Vanderbilt
University
Test-optional for fall 2022.Vanderbilt Update
Yeshiva
University
Test-optional for fall 2021.Testing Policy for 2021

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