Test Optional Colleges
College ‘Match’ means applying to schools where your grades and test scores make you a strong candidate to be offered admission. But, “What if my test scores are lower than required for the colleges to which I want to apply for admission?” For students with strong course taking, good grades, but low test scores, Test Optional Colleges and Universities may provide the best college match. Over 1,000 colleges and universities nationally have test optional admissions policies, the University of Chicago, the #3 ranked national university in the U.S., has become the latest high profile institution to become test optional.
The disadvantage of low SAT or ACT scores can be overcome by applying for admission to institutions with test optional admissions policies that do not require submitting SAT or ACT test scores. However, students interested in applying for admission to test optional institutions must still meet the institution’s admissions standards.
- Research: The Fair Test website provides a comprehensive listing of test optional colleges by state: http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional/state
- Video: “More colleges dropping SAT score requirements”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd8irqw2Wa0
- Article: Test operation colleges ranked among the top colleges in the U.S.: http://www.fairtest.org/sites/default/files/Optional-Schools-in-U.S.News-Top-Tiers.pdf
- Article: U.S. News and World Reports, “Top-Ranked Colleges That Are Flexible With Test Scores”: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/slideshows/10-top-ranked-colleges-that-are-flexible-with-test-scores
- Article: 2017 Best Test Optional Colleges in America: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-test-optional-colleges/
- Article: Money Magazine, “31 Great Colleges That Don’t Care About Your lousy Test Scores”: http://time.com/money/4604917/test-optional-best-colleges/
- Article: 15 Great Test-Optional Colleges You Should Consider: https://www.noodle.com/articles/15-top-test-optional-colleges-and-what-you-need-to-get-in
- Article: U.S. News and World Reports, “The Ins, Outs of Applying to Test-Optional Colleges”: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2015/09/11/the-ins-outs-of-applying-to-test-optional-colleges
- Article: CBS News, “Who’s benefiting from test-optional colleges”: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/whos-benefiting-from-test-optional-colleges/
- If you qualify for need-based financial aid, you may wish to make particular note of the following test optional colleges, which have generous need-based financial aid policies: