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Schools That Have Gone Test Optional in Response to Covid-19

Updated: Jun 5



The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the 2020-2021 college admissions cycle. The SAT and ACT test dates have been pushed back into June, and shortened the AP tests significantly, having students take them from home. Several colleges understand that these conditions will not be ideal test-taking environments, and have thus took to making the 2020-2021 admissions cycle test-optional.


Test optional admissions are not a new concept. Hundreds of colleges around the country took to being test optional before the pandemic, understanding that low income students with limited resources were at a disadvantage. As a result, several of the colleges on this list have not only suspended the testing policy for the upcoming admissions cycle, but have also chosen to pilot a suspended testing policy for a few more years. Some have even given up required testing altogether.


Colleges/Universities going test optional for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle:


Amherst: Test Optional for 2021


Barnard College: Test Optional for 2021


Boston University: Test optional for 2021


University of California system: Test optional for 2021


Case Western Reserve University: Test optional for 2021


Colgate University: Test optional for 2021


Columbia University: Test optional for 2021


Concordia University Texas: Test Optional for 2021


Cornell University: Test Optional for 2021


Creighton University: Test Optional since 2020 admissions cycle


Davidson: Test optional for three year pilot


Dartmouth College: Test optional for 2021


Drury University: Test optional for 2021 and beyond


Hamilton College: Test optional for 2021


Hamline University: Test optional for 2021 and beyond


Haverford College: Test optional for 3 year pilot


Limestone University: Test optional for 2021


Mansfield University: Test optional for 2021


Middlebury College: Test optional for 3 year pilot


Millersville University: Test optional if following one of these conditions

  • High school GPA of a 3.2 or greater at the end of junior year (based on a college preparatory curriculum on a 4.0 GPA scale);

  • Top 25 percent high school class ranking with a GPA on 3.0 or higher at the end of junior year


MIT: Will not require SAT subject tests


Northeastern University: Test optional for 2021


University of Oregon: Test optional for 2021


Oregon State University: Test optional for 2021 and beyond


Pomona College: Test optional for 2021


University of Redlands: Test Optional for 2021 and beyond


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Test optional for 2021


St. Bonaventure University: Test optional for 2021 and beyond


Tufts University: Starting a 3 year test optional pilot


Tulane University: Test optional 2021


University of Toledo: Test optional pilot for 2021


Vassar College: Test optional pilot for 2021


Westminster College: Test optional for 2021


Williams: Test Optional for 2021


There are also hundreds of colleges that were already test optional. You can find a list of these here: https://blog.prepscholar.com/test-optional-colleges-list


Regardless of whether schools have gone test optional or not, each understands the complexity of every student’s situation. No college or university will be judging grades harshly, or whether or not students had grades, during this period. Nor will they harshly judge students for how their time was spent during quarantine. You can read each college’s statement on their respective website by searching “[College name] covid-19 statement.”

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