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Admissions Testing Policy Updates in response to COVID-19

Which colleges have changed their admissions testing policies in response to COVID-19?

Updated July 31st 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 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
Helpful links
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
Amherst College

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 announcement
Amherst admissions site
Anderson University Test-optional effective immediately Anderson Announcement
Angelo State University Test-optional for 2020-2021. Announcement
Babson College

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

Babson announcement
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
Boston College Test-optional for the 2020-21 admission cycle. Announcement
Boston University

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.

BU announcement

BU admissions site

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

BGSU announcement

BGSU graduate college site

Briar Cliff University Waiving SAT/ACT score requirement for current high school seniors  Briar Cliff announcement
Bridgewater College Test-optional for academic years 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24. This policy does not apply to homeschooled students and international students.


Freshman Admission

Brown University Test-optional for 2020-21 admission cycle. 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 Institute of Technology Two year moratorium on SAT and ACT requirements (for Fall 2021 and Fall 2022).


First-Year Application Requirements

California State University Suspends use of SAT/ACT requirements for the academic year 2021-2022  High School Guidance – First-Time First-Year Students
Carnegie Mellon University Test-optional for fall 2021. Standardized Testing Requirements
Carson-Newman University Test-optional beginning with the  2021-22 admissions cycle. The policy will allow students meeting criteria to choose whether or not to submit standardized test scores. Those with a 2.75 GPA or higher will be able to choose whether or not to submit scores to be considered for merit scholarships. Those with lower GPAs will need to submit test scores for consideration or appeal to the University’s Enrollment Management Committee. Announcement
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
Clemson University Test-optional for 2021-22. 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.

 News release
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

CTX announcements here and here

CTX admissions site

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
Drury University

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

Drury announcement
Duke University Test-optional for 2020-21 admissions cycle.

Application Materials: Tests

Statement on Duke Going Test Optional for Admissions in 2021


Eastern Illinois University Test-optional for fall 2021. Admissions Requirements
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
Elizabethtown College Test optional for fall 2021.



Elmhurst University Test-optional for 2020-21. Announcement
Elon University Test-optional beginning in fall 2021 in a three year pilot program.

COVID- 19 Admissions Information

Press release

Emory University Test-optional for 2020-2021 academic year.



Fordham University Test-optional for two year period beginning with the fall 2021 class. Announcement
Fort Lewis College Test-optional for 2021. Announcement
Franklin College Test-optional for current high school seniors for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year Franklin announcement
Georgetown College Test-optional for fall 2021. Announcement
Gonzaga University

Test-optional for students applying for college admission for fall 2021.

Will not disadvantage students whose high schools are using pass/fail grading

 Gonzaga announcement

Gonzaga COVID-19 admission FAQ

Gonzaga admissions page

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
Harvard University Test-optional for those applying for admission to the class of 2025. Admissions Application Considerations for the Class of 2025
Harvey Mudd College Test-optional for 2020-21 and 2021-22 admission cycles. Announcement
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
Illinois State University Test-optional for summer and fall 2021 Press release
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”)
Johns Hopkins University Test-optional for the fall 2021

Standardized Test Information


Limestone College

Test-optional for students entering fall 2020

Students who have SAT and ACT scores are still encouraged to submit them

Limestone announcement

Limestone admissions site

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
Mansfield University

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 announcement
Mansfield admissions site
Marietta College Test-optional for 2021-2022. Test Optional Admission FAQ
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Test-optional for 2020-21. Tests & Scores
McMurry University (TX) Test-optional for Fall 2020 McMurry announcement
Mercer University Test-optional through fall 2023. Announcement
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
Minnesota State University Moorhead Test-optional beginning Fall 2020 and beyond. Announcement
Misericordia University Test-optional for fall 2021. Announcement
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
Northwestern University Test-optional for 2020-2021 admission cycle. Announcement
Ohio University – Athens Campus Adopted a permanent test-optional policy. Announcement
Oregon State University Test-optional for undergraduates entering in fall 2021 and beyond

OSU announcement

OSU admissions site

Ouachita Baptist University Test-optional for the 2020-2021 recruitment cycle. Announcement
PennState Test-optional for summer and fall 2021 Admissions Requirements
Pomona College Test-optional for first-year and transfer students entering in fall 2021

Pomona announcement

Pomona admissions site

Princeton University Test-optional for 2020-21 application cycle. Will move to one application deadline (1 January 2021) for that admission cycle.


Admissions – COVID-19 Update

Standardized Testing

Purdue University Northwest Test-optional for summer and fall 2020 Admissions page
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Test-optional for fall 2021 and spring 2022 Announcement
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
Rice University Test-optional for 2020-2021.


Standardized Testing

Rivier University Test-optional policy extended to nursing program for fall 2021. 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.

Freshman Admissions

Press Release

Rowan University Test-optional for 2021. Exceptions include homeschooled students, those seeking admission with a GED, and applicants to the 3+4 medical program through the Medical School or the School of Osteopathic Medicine. Announcement
Rutgers University – Camden Test-optional for Fall 2020 and 2021.

Camden Undergraduate Admissions

Announcement about 2021

Rutgers University – Newark Test-optional for Fall 2020 and Fall 2021.

Newark Undergraduate Admissions


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
Scripps College

Test-optional, for students entering in fall 2021 and beyond

Homeschooled students strongly encouraged to submit SAT or ACT scores

Scripps announcement

Scripps admissions site

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.

First Year Application

Undergraduate Temporary Test-Optional Policy

Southwest Baptist University Temporary policy changes include:

  • Test-Optional
  • Self-reporting of high school GPA
  • May take online Classic Learning Test (CLT) to improve academic scholarship eligibility

SBU announcement

SBU admissions process

Stanford University Test-optional for fall 2021. Testing update for Fall 2021 applicants
State University of New York SAT/ACT requirements suspended for 2021-2022. Announcement
Stephen F. Austin State University Test-optional for 2020-2021 academic year. Freshman Students
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
Swarthmore College

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

Swarthmore announcement

Offering flexibility to students and our commitment to you

Syracuse University Test-optional for fall 2021 First-Year Admission Requirements
Tennessee State University Test-optional for fall 2020 Announcement
Texas A&M University Test-optional for spring, summer, and fall of 2021

Admissions: Required Documents


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

TCU announcement
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

Trinity announcement
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.

Tufts announcement

Tufts admissions site

Tulane University Test-optional for students applying for a spot in the class entering fall 2021

Tulane announcement and FAQ

Tulane admissions site

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.

UC announcement
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.


Admissions Requirements

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.


Test-Optional FAQ

University of Connecticut Test-optional beginning with the 2021-2022 academic year for the next three admission cycles.

Press release

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

Cumberlands announcement
University of Delaware Test-optional for 2021 applicants, regardless of residency.


Admissions Requirements

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Test-optional for 2021-2022 academic years.


Application Checklist

University of Houston Test-optional for summer and fall 2020 Admissions: Freshman: No Test Score
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Test-optional for fall 2021. Announcement
University of Louisville Test-optional for Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021. ACT/SAT Information
University of Lynchburg Test-optional for 2021-2022.


Freshman Application Steps

University of Maryland Baltimore County Test-optional for fall 2021 Announcement
University of Massachusetts Amherst Test-optional beginning in Spring 2021 thru Spring 2023 Test-Optional Policy
University of Memphis Test-flexible policy for fall 2021 Press release
University of Miami Piloting test-optional policy for fall 2021. Announcement
University of Minnesota Duluth Test-optional starting with applicants for the spring and fall 2021 Announcement
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Test-optional for 2021. Freshman Requirements
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

UNC System announcement

UNC System amended policy document

Daily Tar Heel article about the new policy

University of Notre Dame Test-optional for 2020-2021 application cycle. Announcement
University of Oregon

Test-optional for students entering fall 2021 and beyond.

Standardized test scores will still be needed for certain automatic scholarships.

UO announcement

UO scholarship page (to see which awards require test scores)³

UO test-optional FAQ

University of Pennsylvania Test-optional for 2020-2021. Announcement
University of Pittsburgh Bradford Campus Test-optional for Fall 2020. Announcement
Admissions Page
University of Rhode Island Test-optional for 2021. First-Year Student Admission
University of Richmond Test-optional for fall 2021. Announcement
University of South Carolina Test-optional for 2021. Requirements for Freshmen
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 Tennessee

Test-optional for 2021.* 

*Test scores are still required for homeschooled students, students who attended a school that did not use alpha/numerical grades, and student athletes held to NCAA eligibility standards.

Test Score Policy
University of Texas at Austin Test-optional for fall 2021 Announcement
University of Toledo

Piloting a test-optional admissions model for summer and fall 2020

Test-optional NOT available to:

  • Home-schooled students
  • Students who attend high schools that do not report grades 
  • Students applying for majors in the colleges of Nursing, Engineering, and Health and Human Services 

Will use self-reported grades and GPAs to conditionally admit students until final transcripts are available

UToledo Coronavirus FAQs

UToledo test-optional admissions page

University of Utah Test-optional for 2021-2023.


Test-Optional FAQ

University of Vermont Test-optional for 2020-2021. Announcement
University of Virginia Test-optional for 2021. Announcement
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 and beyond. The change is immediately in effect for the Seattle campus. The standardized testing policies for UW Bothell and UW Tacoma will be reviewed.


Here – Has not been updated with the new policy yet

University of Wisconsin-Madison Test-optional for fall 2020. News release
Vassar College

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

Vassar announcement
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

Admissions page

News article

Wellesley College

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.



Williams College

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

Williams announcement
Yale University Test-optional for 2020-2021 admissions cycle. SAT Subject Tests will not be considered during the 2020-2021 admissions cycle.


Admissions COVID-19 Information

Vanderbilt University Test-optional for fall 2021. Announcement


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.