Which colleges have changed their admissions testing policies in response to COVID-19?
Updated September 22nd at 9:00 AM EDT
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 protected] 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
|Angelo State University||Test-optional for 2020-2021.||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
|Barrett, The Honors College of Arizona State University||Test blind for Spring and Fall 2021.||Admissions FAQs|
|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
|Bloomsburg University||Test-optional for 2020-2021 admissions cycle.||Announcement|
|Boston College||Test-optional for the 2020-21 admission cycle.||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|
|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.|
|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).|
|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|
|Cedarville University||Test-optional through spring 2023.||Undergraduate Admission Requirement Information|
|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.
|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
|Duke University||Test-optional for 2020-21 admissions cycle.|
|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.|
|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|
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
|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|
|Iowa State University||Test-optional for 2021 academic year.||Announcement from the Board of Regents|
|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|
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
|Marietta College||Test-optional for 2021-2022.||Test Optional Admission FAQ|
|Marymount University||Adopting a complete test-optional policy starting with the Fall 2021 semester.||Announcement|
|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|
|Missouri State University||Test-optional for students with a 3.25 high school GPA or higher. The university will also accept ACT/SAT superscores.||Announcement|
|NCAA Eligibility Center||
Waiving SAT/ACT requirement for student-athletes entering Division I and II colleges in the 2020-21 academic year (applies only to students graduating in spring/summer 2020).
The Eligibility Center will also adjust it’s approach to pass/fail grades received in spring/summer 2020 by students at all grade levels.
Update: Waiving SAT/ACT requirement for student-athletes entering Division I and II colleges in the 2021-22 academic year.
|North Dakota State University||Test-optional for Fall 2020-Spring 2022.|
|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|
|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|
|Princeton University||Test-optional for 2020-21 application cycle. Will move to one application deadline (1 January 2021) for that admission cycle.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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|
|Seton Hall University||Test-optional for Fall 2021.||Announcement|
|Southeast Missouri State University||Expanded its test-optional admissions policy beginning in fall 2021. With the expansion of the policy, some scholarships are now test-optional (list on the test-optional page).|
|Southern Illinois University Edwardsville||Test-optional Spring and Fall 2021.||Announcement|
|Southern Methodist University||Test-optional for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021.|
|Southwest Baptist University||
|Spelman College||Test-optional for new and first-time students who graduate high school in the 2020-21 academic year.||Announcement|
|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
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
|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|
|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 Delaware||Test-optional for 2021 applicants, regardless of residency.|
|University of Hawai’i at Mānoa||Test-optional for 2021-2022 academic years.|
|University of Houston System||Test-optional through summer 2022.||Announcement|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Test-optional for fall 2021.||Announcement|
|University of Iowa||Test-optional for 2021 academic year.||Board of Regents 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.|
|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 Nebraska-Lincoln||Test-optional policy adopted August 2020.|
|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 Northern Iowa||Test-optional for 2021.||Announcement from the Board of Regents|
|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 scholarship page (to see which awards require test scores)³
|University of Pennsylvania||Test-optional for 2020-2021.||Announcement|
|University of Pittsburgh Bradford Campus||Test-optional for Fall 2020.||Announcement
|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||
Update 8/25/2020: Test-optional for Spring, Summer and Fall 2021.
Students must still meet other admissions requirements and meet the minimum GPA eligibility thresholds.
|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:
Will use self-reported grades and GPAs to conditionally admit students until final transcripts are available
|University of Utah||Test-optional for 2021-2023.|
|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 policy extended through summer 2023.||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
|Wartburg College||Test-optional for upcoming admissions cycle.||Announcement|
|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|
|Westfield State University||Test-optional pilot program for fall 2020 and spring 2021.||Announcement|
|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|
|Western Kentucky University||Test-optional beginning Spring 2021. Students with a 2.0-2.49 unweighted GPA will still be required to submit ACT and SAT scores.||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
|Wright State University||Test-optional for summer 2021, fall 2021, and fall 2022. The application fee has been waived for summer and fall 2021.||Announcement|
|Yale University||Test-optional for 2020-2021 admissions cycle. SAT Subject Tests will not be considered during the 2020-2021 admissions cycle.|
|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.