Low SAT or ACT Scores? These Colleges Don't Require the Tests.
By Allen Grove, About.com Guide
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If you got low SAT scores or low ACT scores, or if you simply didn't take the exam in time for application deadlines, realize that many colleges do not require entrance exams as part of their admissions applications.
The list below is just a sampling of the roughly 850 four-year colleges that do not require the SAT or ACT. I have, however, included most of the highly selective schools that don't require scores. To see a complete list, visit the FairTest website1 . Also be sure to check out my list of 20 Great Colleges for Students with Low SAT Scores2.
Colleges don't use test scores for many reasons. Some technical schools, music schools and art schools don't see the ACT and SAT as good measures of the types of skills they require. Other schools recognize that the SAT and ACT limit their applicant pools and give unfair advantage to students from schools or families that can afford test prep courses. You will also find on the FairTest list that many schools with strong religious affiliations do not require standardized tests.
Admissions policies change frequently, so check with each school for the latest testing guidelines. Also, realize that some of the schools below are test-optional only for students who meet certain GPA or class rank requirements.
Schools that don't require the ACT or SAT for some or all applicants
· Bard College7
· Bowdoin College10
· California State University at Bakersfield11, Chico12, Dominguez Hills13, East Bay14, Fresno15, Fullerton16, Long Beach17, Los Angeles18, Monterey Bay19, Northridge20, Sacramento21, San Bernardino22, San Marcos23, and Stanislaus24
· Drew University31
· Goddard College
· Goucher College39
· Guilford College40
· Illinois College44
· Juniata College46
· Kansas State University47 (scores required for out-of-state applicants)
· Knox College48
· Marist College53
· Middlebury College55 (SAT2 required if SAT1 is not used)
· Nazareth College59
· New School (scores required for some programs)
· Ohio State University at ATI Wooster, Mansfield, Marion, Newark (scores required for out-of-state applicants)
· Pitzer College62
· Rollins College65
· Smith College70
· Union College76
· University of Alaska at Anchorage, Fairbanks and Southeast
· University of Maine at Augusta, Farmington82, Ft. Kent and Presque Isle
· University of Montana at Missoula87 and Western
· University of Nebraska at Kearney and Lincoln88
· Ursinus College96
· Wheaton College (MA)
· Whitworth University102
When applying to schools, be sure to read their policies carefully. Some state schools on the list do require scores from out-of-state applicants. Other schools don't require scores for admissions, but they do use the scores for awarding academic scholarships.
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