Which colleges have changed their admissions testing policies in response to COVID-19?
Updated June 5th at 9:00 AM EST
In the wake of SAT and ACT cancellations due to COVID-19, many students in the class of 2021 are concerned they won’t be able to complete testing in time to apply to their schools of choice. Thankfully, colleges are responding to these concerns by adapting their admissions testing policies. Some have adopted a temporary test-optional stance during this uncertain time. Others have moved more quickly toward permanent test-optional policies that had already been under consideration. Keep in mind that test-optional does not mean test-blind—schools still consider submitted test scores as important evidence when making admissions decisions. Rather, these shifts in policies are designed to relieve some of the uncertainty that high school students feel right now.
Announcements are coming from the colleges almost daily and the specifics of the policies vary from school to school. In an effort to make the research a little easier for everyone, we are maintaining a list of colleges that have announced a change to their admissions testing policies in response to COVID-19. The list is not exhaustive, but we have made every effort to include those schools most often considered by Applerouth students. Always check directly with your schools to understand the specifics of their current admissions policies and how they affect you.¹
With change happening almost daily, this list is, by definition, a constant work in progress. We continue to monitor the news closely and will make updates regularly. We view this as a collective effort within the Applerouth community, so we invite you to email us at email@example.com if you hear about a policy change that we should add to the list. For more information about test policies and admissions, we encourage you to check out our Expert’s Corner blog and download our free, comprehensive Guide to College Admissions Testing.
We’re all in this together, and the more we can give students the information they need right now, the better.
Policy in brief
|Albion College||Test optional for students applying for Fall 2020²||How is COVID-19 Affecting Admission?
|Alfred University||Test-optional for spring and fall 2021||Here (under Test Scores)
|Alma College||Suspended SAT/ACT requirements for traditional first-year students between 1 April 2020 and 30 September 2021||Admissions & Aid page
Test-optional for applicants for the first-year class during the 2020-21 admission cycle
The college has communicated with high schools, letting them know students will not be penalized in admissions for school closures, pass-fail grading, or other similar changes made in response to COVID-19
Amherst admissions site
|Anderson University||Test-optional effective immediately||Anderson Announcement
Test-optional for students applying for entry in Fall 2021
English proficiency exams for non-native English speakers are still required; students can request a waiver
|Baylor University||Test-optional for 2021||Press release|
|Bentley University||Test-optional for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.||First-year Applicants|
|Bethany College||Test-optional for Fall 2020||Bethany announcement
Test-optional for first-year students applying for fall 2021 and spring 2022.
Applies to all undergraduate schools and colleges at BU and all scholarship programs.
|Bowling Green State University||Temporarily waiving GRE and GMAT requirements for students applying for a master’s or graduate certificate program for summer and fall 2020|
|Briar Cliff University||Waiving SAT/ACT score requirement for current high school seniors||Briar Cliff announcement|
|Bucknell University||Test-optional beginning in fall 2020 for a 5 year pilot program.||Announcement|
|Buena Vista University||Test-optional for 2021||Test-Optional Announcement|
|Butler University||Test-optional beginning fall 2021 and beyond. Some programs may require standardized test scores.||Test-Optional Admission|
|California State University||Suspends use of SAT/ACT requirements for the academic year 2021-2022||High School Guidance – First-Time First-Year Students|
|Case Western Reserve University||Test-optional for students entering fall 2021.||CWRU announcement|
|Centre College||Test-optional for 2021, 2022, and 2023 admissions cycles||Centre announcement|
|Coastal Carolina University||Test-optional for Fall 2021 applicants with a minimum 3.5 high school GPA||CCU announcement
|College of Charleston||
Test-optional for Fall 2021.
Homeschooled students are still required to submit scores.
The pilot program will be evaluated next summer and a determination on whether or not to continue or expand it will be made for the next admissions cycle.
|College of Coastal Georgia||Test-optional for summer and fall 2020||Announcement|
|Colgate University||Test-optional for students entering fall 2021||Colgate announcement|
|Columbia University||Test-optional for first year applicants to Columbia College and Columbia Engineering 2020-2021 admission cycle.||Revised Testing Policy for 2020-2021 Application Cycle|
|College of Wooster||Test-optional for fall 2021 entering class and beyond||Wooster announcement
|Concordia University Texas||
Test-optional for students entering fall 2020 through fall 2021
College of Nursing will temporarily waive Test of Essential Academic Skills for students entering summer 2020 and fall 2020
|Cornell University||Test-optional for 2021 applicants||Announcement|
|Dartmouth College||Test-optional for the class of 2025.||Announcement|
|Davidson College||Test-optional for a three-year period, beginning with students entering fall 2021||Davidson announcement|
Test-optional school, beginning with applications for fall 2021 and beyond
Test-optional applicants will have an additional 250 to 500-word essay as part of the scholarship and award process
|Eastern Michigan University||Test-optional for fall 2020. Applies only to incoming first-year domestic students.||Policy|
|Eckerd College||Test-optional for two year pilot program (fall 2021 – fall 2022)||Announcement|
|Elon University||Test-optional beginning in fall 2021 in a three year pilot program.|
|Fordham University||Test-optional for two year period beginning with the fall 2021 class.||Announcement|
|Franklin College||Test-optional for current high school seniors for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year||Franklin announcement|
Test-optional for students applying for college admission for fall 2021.
Will not disadvantage students whose high schools are using pass/fail grading
|Grand Valley State University||Test-optional for fall 2021||Undergraduate Admissions Requirements (under Freshman Requirements)
|Greenville University||Test-optional for 2021 and beyond.||Press release|
|Hamilton College||Test-optional for 2021-2022 academic year||Hamilton announcement
Released letter to current high school juniors stating that applicants entering in fall 2021 will not be penalized if they do not submit AP test scores or SAT Subject Test scores.
Letter also states that juniors should not be concerned if they are unable to take the SAT or ACT multiple times
|Haverford College||Test-optional for first year and transfer applicants for a three year trial beginning with students entering Fall 2021||Haverford Admissions blog announcement
|Indiana University Bloomington||Test-optional beginning in 2021||About test-optional admissions|
|Indiana University Fort Wayne||Test-optional beginning with spring 2021 and beyond||Admissions steps page (under “Take the SAT or ACT exam)|
|Indiana University Kokomo||Test-optional for fall 2020 admission||IU Kokomo announcement
|Indiana University Northwest||SAT/ACT scores requirements waived for students entering fall 2020||IU Northwest announcement|
|Indiana University Southeast||Test-optional for summer and fall 2020 enrollment||ACT/SAT waiver|
|IUPUI||Test-optional beginning 2021 and beyond||Admissions page (under “Regarding the SAT or ACT exam”)|
Test-optional for students entering fall 2020
Students who have SAT and ACT scores are still encouraged to submit them
|Loyola Marymount University||Test-optional for fall 2021 applicants||Announcement page|
|Loyola University New Orleans||Test blind starting in fall 2021. Students hoping to receive state-funded scholarships will still need to submit SAT and ACT scores to determine scholarship eligibility.||Announcement|
Test-optional for students entering fall 2020
SAT/ACT scores are preferred for admission to certain programs, such a the B.S. in Nursing program
Admitted students who did not submit SAT/ACT scores (1) may need to take placement tests during orientation and (2) are eligible for a narrower range of merit awards.
Mansfield admissions site
|McMurry University (TX)||Test-optional for Fall 2020||McMurry announcement|
|Mercer University||Test-optional for first-year applicants for Summer or Fall 2020|
|Middlebury College||Test-optional policy for at least 3 years, through fall 2023, on a trial basis.||Middlebury announcement
|Midway University (KY)||Test-optional for Fall 2020.||Midway announcement
|Millersville University||Expanding its test-optional policy (previously limited to local residents) to all students entering Fall 2020||Millersville Test-Optional FAQ page|
|NCAA Eligibility Center||
Waiving SAT/ACT requirement for student-athletes entering Division I and II colleges in the 2020-2021 academic year (applies only to students graduating in spring/summer 2020).
The Eligibility Center will also adjust its approach to pass/fail grades received in spring/summer 2020 by students at all grade levels.
|NCAA Eligibility Center COVID-19 FAQ
|Northeastern University||Test-optional for prospective students for the 2021-2022 academic year. Includes undergraduate and graduate students.||Announcement page|
|Oregon State University||Test-optional for undergraduates entering in fall 2021 and beyond|
|Pomona College||Test-optional for first-year and transfer students entering in fall 2021|
|Purdue University Northwest||Test-optional for summer and fall 2020||Admissions page|
|Rhodes College||Test-optional for 3 years, which will serve as a pilot project to determine if the test-optional policy should continue||Rhodes announcement
|Rochester Institute of Technology||Test scores can be self-reported on application for Fall 2020. Students admitted will be required to submit official scores if they enroll. Test optional for some programs for Fall 2020. Fall 2021 and beyond, Rochester Institute of Technology will be test optional.|
|Rutgers University – Camden||Test-optional for Fall 2020.||Camden Undergraduate Admissions|
|Rutgers University – Newark||Test-optional for Fall 2020 and Fall 2021.|
|Rutgers University – New Brunswick||Test-optional for Spring and Fall 2021.||New Brunswick enrollment FAQs|
|Saint Louis University||Test-optional for 2021-2022 academic year for most programs||Announcement|
|Santa Clara University||
Test-optional for a two-year period for first-year and transfer students beginning with students entering in fall 2021
Will reassess whether to reinstate the testing requirement after the two-year period
|Santa Clara announcement
Test-optional, for students entering in fall 2021 and beyond
Homeschooled students strongly encouraged to submit SAT or ACT scores
|Seattle University||Test-optional starting fall 2021. GRE and GMAT will be optional for non-law graduate programs for the 2020-21 academic year.||SU announcement|
|Southern Methodist University||Test-optional for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021.|
|Southwest Baptist University||Temporary policy changes include:
|St. Edward’s University||Test-optional for undergraduate applicants for fall 2021 and beyond||St. Edward’s announcement|
|St. Olaf College||Test-optional for fall 2021 and beyond||Announcement here
|St. Thomas Aquinas College||Test-optional for Fall 2020||STAC announcement
Test-optional for applicants during the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 cycles
Students can now choose to report results from previous tests, including the PSAT and PreACT
In fall 2022, the college will assess the policy and determine whether to continue
|Tennessee State University||Test-optional for fall 2020||Announcement|
|Texas Christian University||
Test-optional for students entering in fall 2021
Students should consider their academic record and co-curricular experiences when deciding whether to submit test scores
|Texas Tech University||Test-optional for fall 2020.||First Time in College|
|The College of New Jersey||Test-optional beginning with 2020-2021 admission cycle for a three year period. Does not apply to the seven year medical program or optometry program.||Announcement|
|Trinity University (TX)||
Test-optional for a 3-year period starting with applicants for Fall 2021
Applicants can self-report unofficial test scores via applicant portal
TOEFL, IELTS, DET still required
|Tufts University||Test-optional for all undergraduates for a three-year period, beginning with students entering fall 2021.
Will determine whether to reinstate testing requirement at the end of the three-year period.
|Tulane University||Test-optional for students applying for a spot in the class entering fall 2021|
|University of California System||
Test-optional for 2021-2022. Test-blind for 2023-2024. UC aims to develop their own admissions test for California students by 2025.
If there is a new test by 2025, all California students will submit scores from that new test. Non-residents and international students will follow the approach that will be determined by UC.
If there is no new test ready by fall 2025, standardized testing requirement would be eliminated for California students. UC will determine an appropriate approach for non-resident students.
|University of Central Missouri||Test-optional beginning in fall 2020 for students with a 3.5 GPA or higher. Scores still required for Direct Entry Nursing Program, Education majors, Honors College, NCAA Athletics, and automatic merit scholarships.|
|University of Cincinnati||
Test-optional for a two year period starting with 2021 applicants.
Test scores are still required for the Honors Program, the College of Nursing Direct-Admit BSN program, and the Early Childhood Education Program.
|University of Connecticut||Test-optional beginning with the 2021-2022 academic year for the next three admission cycles.||
Application Instructions, under Standardized Test (Optional)
|University of the Cumberlands||
Adopting a test-optional policy for current and future applicants
Test-optional applicants are still eligible for institutional grants and need-based aid
|University of Hawai’i at Mānoa||Test-optional for 2021-2022 academic years.|
|University of Houston||Test-optional for summer and fall 2020||Admissions: Freshman: No Test Score|
|University of Louisville||Test-optional for Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021.||ACT/SAT Information|
|University of Miami||Piloting test-optional policy for fall 2021.||Announcement|
|University of New England||Piloting a test-blind policy for 2020-2021 academic year.||Announcement|
|University of Mobile||Test-optional for Fall 2020||University of Mobile announcement|
|University of North Carolina System||
Change in minimum admissions requirements: 2.5 GPA or 1010 combined SAT score/19 composite ACT score; applicants must submit test scores but system schools may choose to admit based on GPA alone
Each UNC system school has freedom to set its own requirements above these minimums
Effective for a three-year period, beginning with students enrolling in Fall 2020
|University of Oregon||
Test-optional for students entering fall 2021 and beyond
Standardized test scores will still be needed for certain automatic scholarships
UO scholarship page (to see which awards require test scores)³
|University of Pittsburgh Bradford Campus||Test-optional for Fall 2020||Announcement
|University of Richmond||Test-optional for fall 2021||Announcement|
|University of Southern California||Test-optional for 2021-2022 academic year||Announcement|
|University System of Georgia||
Test-optional for students entering summer and fall 2020
Students without test scores must meet specific GPA thresholds.
Applies to all USG schools except UGA and Georgia Tech, which have already have fall class waitlists.
|USG announcement (includes a list of USG schools)|
|University of Toledo||
Piloting a test-optional admissions model for summer and fall 2020
Test-optional NOT available to:
Will use self-reported grades and GPAs to conditionally admit students until final transcripts are available
|University of Virginia at Wise||Lifting test requirements for incoming freshmen and transfers with less than 30 credits||Admissions & Aid|
|University of Washington||Test-optional for fall 2021||Announcement|
Piloting a test-optional policy for the 2020-21 admissions cycle
Will evaluate after the one-year pilot to determine whether test-optional policy should continue
|Virginia Tech||Test-optional for 2020-2021||Announcement here
|Washington and Lee University||Test-optional for 2021 applicants||Announcement|
|Washington State University Vancouver||Test-optional for Fall 2020|
Test optional for first-year applicants entering in fall 2021
Suspending the regular Decision with Early Evaluation option for first-year applicants entering fall 2021
Regular decision deadline moved to January 8 from January 15
|Wellesley admissions page|
|Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA)||Waiving SAT/ACT requirements for students entering fall 2020||Westminster announcement|
|West Virginia Wesleyan College||Test-optional for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021.||Announcement|
|William and Mary||Launching a three-year test-optional pilot program with the 2020-2021 academic year.|
Test-optional for students applying as freshmen or transfers during the 2020-21 admissions cycle
For students who choose to submit test scores, results will be considered as part of holistic admissions process
Due to school closings, remote learning, activity cancellations, and temporary changes in high school grading systems, they will grant additional flexibility and are willing to work with students affected by COVID-19 and their school counselors
¹All applicants and especially those with unique circumstances (such as international students, transfer students,and athletes requiring academic eligibility) must look closely at each school’s policy to determine if test scores are needed. International students will also need to determine IELTS/TOEFL policies, as many schools have indicated that they will still require those tests.
²Unless otherwise noted, all policies are temporary and apply only for the years indicated.
³A-G courses are a series of high school classes that students must complete with a grade C or better to be minimally eligible for admission to UC System schools.
⁴Students should always check directly with schools of interest for the latest information about scholarships and aid.