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Universities that don't require SAT/ACT





Planning your undergrad abroad?  Are you prepared for SAT/ ACT?

If not then don’t worry! You can still achieve your goals, plan your education abroad and maybe even get into your dream college. Just research well. And to help you with that research, we are always here for you.

Many of us are not good at taking exams. Some just mess up on ‘the day’ even after a lot of preparation and end up with unsatisfactory scores. So what is the solution now? Repeat SAT/ ACT? Well it is the basic eligibility criteria in order to study abroad, isn’t it? That is what is assumed by everyone. But in reality it is not. Not all the colleges need SAT/ ACT. In fact there are some colleges who say an absolute NO to SATs/ ACTs. One such college is Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.Therefore, if you are worried about how you can study abroad without SAT/ ACT then there is only one answer to it - TEST OPTIONAL COLLEGES.

What is Test Optional College?

Colleges that do not require your SAT and ACT scores for granting you an admission are Test Optional colleges. So if you have not given SAT/ ACT, then these are the colleges for you. However, if you are already done with taking these exams and have scored poorly then you can just avoid sending your bad test scores to the college during application. Even if you submit your SAT and ACT scores, your application will be evaluated based on your academic profile. Therefore, you really need to have a good GPA throughout your academic life. In case, if you think that GPA is the only thing that the college will be considering while evaluating your profile then you are wrong. There are many other factors which play a vital role in your admission process. Those factors are -

  • Letter Of Recommendation : Having LORs from your High School teachers or from your Seniors from the internships (if any) highly proves to be beneficial to make your application stand out from the rest. To know more about How to Draft Letters of Recommendation (LoR)?
  • Statement of Purpose : SOP is #thefactor that can help you to make it or break it into a college. It is the only thing where you don’t have to depend on others to represent yourself to the admission council. Even if you have a low a GPA, you can still get into your dream college through a good SOP. So write your SOP such that it gives the admission council an insight of who you are and what your passion is. In order to help you write better SOPs, you can check - SOP: Statement Of Purpose
  • Essay Prompts : Besides SOP, essay prompts are another factor which can help your profile more interesting than other applicants. It is a way for the college to evaluate an applicant’s experimental thinking and proficiency. This is where you can portray the essence of ‘You’, things that other parts of the application DON’T cover.
  • Extracurricular Activities : Getting involved in various extracurricular activities can help you earn some extra brownie points. It definitely adds value to your application especially when you have not applied for SAT/ ACT.
  • Projects/ Internships : Being a part of few good projects or having some experience in the field for which you are applying for i.e. your Undergrad major is the cherry on the top. Internships - not many students, especially in India, prefer to do it during their High School. So an internship certificate, if you happen to have one then be assured that your application is already way too attractive to the admission council.

So this was all about the other factors to be considered while applying to a college. Hence, it depends on you how you represent yourself to the admission council of a particular college.

Let’s have a look at all the SAT/ ACT optional colleges -

Agnes Scott College GA Muhlenberg College PA
American University DC National University CA
Arizona State University AZ New England College NH
Augsburg College MN New York Institute of Technology NY
Augustana College IL New York University NY
Azusa Pacific University CA North Carolina State University NC
Bard College NY Northeastern University MA
Barry University FL Northern Arizona University AZ
Bates College ME Northern Kentucky University KY
Beloit College WI Oakland University MI
Benedict College SC Oakwood University AL
Benedictine College KS Oklahoma City University OK
Bennett College NC Old Dominion University VA
Bennington College VT Pace University, New York City NY
Berklee College of Music MA Pace University, Westchester Campus NY
Boise State University ID Pacific Union College CA
Bowdoin College ME Peirce College PA
Bryant University RI Pitzer College CA
Burlington College VT Pratt Institute NY
California College of the Arts (San Francisco) CA Prescott College AZ
California Institute of the Arts CA Providence College RI
Cambridge College MA Quinnipiac University CT
Carroll University (Wisconsin) WI Ringling College of Art and Design FL
Cazenovia College NY Rocky Mountain College MT
Centre College KY Roger Williams University RI
Champlain College VT Rollins College FL
Christopher Newport University VA Roosevelt University IL
Clark University MA Saint Joseph's University PA
College of the Atlantic ME Saint Leo University FL
College of the Holy Cross MA Saint Peter's University NJ
Colorado College CO Salisbury University MD
Colorado School of Mines CO Salve Regina University RI
Columbia College Chicago IL Sarah Lawrence College NY
Connecticut College CT Savannah College of Art and Design GA
Cornell College IA School of the Art Institute of Chicago IL
Curry College MA Seattle University WA
Denison University OH Seton Hill University PA
DePaul University IL Skidmore College NY
Drew University NJ Smith College MA
Earlham College IN Southern Methodist University TX
Embry-Riddle- Daytona Beach FL St. Cloud State University MN
Emmanuel College MA St. Edward's University MD
Fairfield University CT St. John's College ME
Fairleigh Dickinson University NJ St. John's College NM
Fashion Institute of Technology NY St. John's University - Manhattan Campus NY
Flagler College FL State Uni of New York - Stony Brook NY
Florida Institute of Technology FL State Uni of New York, "Alfred State" NY
Franklin Pierce University NH State Uniof New York College, Plattsburgh NY
Franklin University OH Stonehill College MA
Furman University SC Suffolk University MA
Gallaudet University DC Syracuse University NY
George Mason University VA Trinity College CT
George Washington University DC Tulane University LA
Gettysburg College PA Union College NY
Goshen College IN University at Buffalo, The State Un of NY
Goucher College MD University of Arizona AZ
Green Mountain College VT University of Cincinnati OH
Guilford College NC University of Colorado at Boulder CO
Gustavus Adolphus College MN University of Dallas TX
Hamilton College - NY NY University of Denver CO
Hampshire College MA University of Findlay OH
Hartwick College NY University of Houston TX
Hawaii Pacific University HI University of Iowa IA
Hilbert College NY University of Kansas KS
Hiram College OH University of Miami FL
Hobart and William Smith Colleges NY University of Michigan, Flint MI
Hofstra University NY University of Montana, Missoula MT
Humboldt State University CA University of New Mexico NM
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis IN Optional University of New Orleans LA
Iowa State University IA University of North Carolina at Greensboro NC
Ithaca College NY University of Northern Iowa IA
James Madison University VA University of Oregon OR
Johnson & Wales University (Charlotte)NC University of Portland OR
Johnson & Wales University (Denver)CO University of Rhode Island RI
Johnson & Wales University (North Miami)FL University of Rochester NY
Johnson & Wales University (Providence) RI University of San Diego CA
Juilliard School NY University of Southern Mississippi MS
Kalamazoo College MI University of St. Thomas MN
Keuka College NY University of the Pacific CA
Knox College IL University of the Southwest NM
La Sierra University CA University of Toledo OH
Lake Erie College OH University of Tulsa OK
Lamar University TX University of Washington WA
Lawrence University WI University of Wisconsin, Superior WI
Lebanon Valley College PA University of Wisconsin, Whitewater WI
Lewis & Clark College OR Ursinus College PA
Loyola University Chicago IL Utica College NY
Loyola University Maryland MD Wagner College NY
Luther College IA Wake Forest University NC
Lynn University FL Washington Adventist University MD
Marist College NY Washington and Jefferson College PA
Marlboro College VT Wesleyan University CT
Marquette University WI Western New England University MA
Marymount Manhattan College NY Westminster College MO
Marywood University PA Wheaton College IL IL
McDaniel College MD Wheaton College MA
Mercyhurst University PA Whitworth University WA
Merrimack College MA Widener University PA
Messiah College PA Wilberforce University OH
Miami University OH Wilmington University DE
Michigan State University MI Wilson College PA
Middlebury College VT Winona State University MN
Miles College AL Wittenberg University OH
Mills College CA Worcester Polytechnic Institute MA
Minnesota State University, Mankato MN Xavier University OH
Mount Holyoke College MA York College NE

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