More Colleges Going Test-Optional (Updated 5/29)

More Colleges Going Test-Optional (Updated 5/29)

More schools are announcing they will go test-optional given the obstacles and disruptions to standardized testing presented by COVID-19. We will be updating this list as more schools are added, so bookmark it!

Some of the recent additions to the list (go to for a full list) that are selective as well as popular schools:

Amherst (1 year)
Babson (1 year)
Boston University (1 year)
California State Schools – CSU’s
Case Western University
Chapman University
Claremont McKenna (temporary)
Colgate (1 year)
College of New Jersey
Cornell (temporary)
Davidson (3-year trial)
Elon (3-year pilot)
Fordham (2-year pilot)
Gonzaga (temporary)
Hamilton (1 year)
Haverford (3-year trial)
Indiana University
Loyola Marymount (1 year)
Loyola New Orleans (TEST BLIND)
Michigan State (1 year)
Middlebury (3-year pilot)
Northeastern (1 year)
Oberlin (3-year pilot)
Occidental (1 year)
Pomona College (1 year)
Rhodes College
Rochester Institute of Technology

Santa Clara University (2-year pilot)
Swarthmore (2-year pilot)
Texas Christian University (temporary)
Tufts (3-year trial)
Tulane (1 year)
University of California (temporary)
University of Oregon
University of Richmond (temporary)
University of San Diego
University of Southern California (temporary)
University of Washington (temporary)
Vassar (1 year)
Villanova (temporary)
Virginia Tech (1 year)
Washington & Lee (temporary)
Wellesley (temporary)
William and Mary (3-year pilot)

Please note: going TO does not mean schools will be “easier” to get into. And when a school goes test-optional, it does not mean that you automatically should apply without test scores. There are very few students who benefit from applying without test scores to many top-tier colleges.

The move to TO could also drive up application numbers (perhaps a goal of a school going test-optional at some institutions?), making these schools even more competitive than before. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes in admissions offices (and higher up offices at colleges) that drives these changes; although they make look it on their face, changes are not always student-centered.

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