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Test Optional Colleges

David Shin

Didn't do so well on the SAT/ACT? Worried that test anxiety might keep you out of college? Firmly believe that your scores do not reflect your scholastic ability? There's good news: test-optional colleges. The following top-tier colleges do not require test scores or have flexible policies concerning test reporting:

Top 50 Liberal Arts Colleges (based on US News)

4. Middlebury College (VT) “Test Flexible”
6. Bowdoin College (ME)
12. Colby College (ME) “Test Flexible”
12. Hamilton College (NY) “Test Flexible”
12. Smith College (MA)
21. Wesleyan University(CT)
24. Colorado College (CO) “Test Flexible”
27. Bates College (ME)
31. Bryn Mawr College (PA)
32. College of the Holy Cross (MA)
32. Pitzer College (CA)
36. Mount Holyoke College (MA)
38. Skidmore College (NY)
38. Trinity College (CT)
38. Union College (NY)
41. Dickinson College (PA)
41. Whitman College (WA)
47. Franklin and Marshall College (PA)
47. Sewanee -- University of the South (TN)
49. Bard College (NY)
50. Connecticut College (CT)

Top 100 National Universities

27. Wake Forest University (NC)
32. University of Rochester (NY) “Test Flexible”
34. Brandeis University (MA)
36. New York University (NY) “Test Flexible”
56. Univ. of Texas – Austin (TX) “Top 8%”
56. George Washington University (DC)
60. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)
74. Texas A & M (TX) “Top 10%”
74. American University (DC)
74. Clark University (MA)
79. University of Delaware (DE)
96. Drexel University (PA) “Test Flexible”

Just because you may not have done well on the SAT/ACT doesn't mean you have to give up on trying to get into a good college! If low scores are a big concern for you, look into these reputable universities.