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Low SAT or ACT Scores? These Colleges Don't Require the Tests.

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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

         American University3

         Arizona State University at Tempe4

         Arkansas State University5

         Austin Peay State University6

         Bard College7

         Bates College8

         Bennington College9

         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

         College of the Atlantic25

         College of the Holy Cross26

         Connecticut College27

         Denison University28

         DePaul University29

         Dickinson College30

         Drew University31

         East Tennessee State University32

         Eastern Kentucky University33

         Fairfield University34

         Franklin and Marshall College35

         Furman University36

         George Mason University37

         Gettysburg College38

         Goddard College

         Goucher College39

         Guilford College40

         Gustavus Adolphus College41

         Hampshire College42

         Hobart and William Smith Colleges43

         Illinois College44

         Indiana State University45

         Juniata College46

         Kansas State University47 (scores required for out-of-state applicants)

         Knox College48

         Lake Forest College49

         Lawrence University50

         Lewis & Clark College51

         Loyola College in Maryland52

         Marist College53

         Middle Tennessee State University54

         Middlebury College55 (SAT2 required if SAT1 is not used)

         Minnesota State University56

         Mount Holyoke College57

         Muhlenberg College58

         Nazareth College59

         New School (scores required for some programs)

         Northern Arizona University60

         Ohio State University at ATI Wooster, Mansfield, Marion, Newark (scores required for out-of-state applicants)

         Oklahoma State University, Stillwater61

         Pitzer College62

         Providence College63

         Robert Morris University64

         Rollins College65

         St. John's College (Annapolis66 and Sante Fe67)

         Sarah Lawrence College68

         Sewanee: The University of the South69

         Smith College70

         South Dakota State University71

         State University of New York at Potsdam72

         Stetson University73

         Stonehill College74

         Susquehanna University75

         Union College76

         University of Alaska at Anchorage, Fairbanks and Southeast

         University of Arizona77

         University of Arkansas at Fortsmith, Little Rock78, Monticello and Pine Bluff79

         University of Idaho at Moscow80

         University of Kansas at Lawrence81

         University of Maine at Augusta, Farmington82, Ft. Kent and Presque Isle

         University of Minnesota at Crookston83, Duluth84 and Morris85

         University of Mississippi86

         University of Montana at Missoula87 and Western

         University of Nebraska at Kearney and Lincoln88

         University of Nevada at Las Vegas89 and Reno90

         University of Texas at Arlington91, Brownsville, Dallas92, El Paso93, Pan American94, San Antonio95 and Tyler

         Ursinus College96

         Wake Forest University97

         Washington College98

         Washington and Jefferson College99

         Western Kentucky University100

         Wheaton College (MA)

         Wittenberg University101

         Whitworth University102

         Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)103

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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