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Complete List: All Of The Colleges That Are Going Test-Optional Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic

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Many students have spent hours (and hours!) prepping for the SATs and ACTs over the past few months, only to find out that the spring tests have been canceled and/or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In response, many colleges and universities across the country are enacting test-optional policies for prospective students (YAY!). 

This means that admissions officers will have one less criterion in which to assess your fit for their institution. The result? Your college application essays will hold that much more weight in the upcoming admissions cycle. This is great news, as we believe your essays give admissions additional insight into who you are and who you hope to become. (Plus, it’s is especially excellent news for students who are not great test-takers — spoiler alert: neither were we!)

So, without further ado, please find a complete list of schools that have implemented (or have already implemented prior to COVID-19) test-optional policies — with links to sources for more information — below.  We hope you find this resource to be helpful!

Alfred University
Alabama State University
American University
Amherst College
Babson College
Bard College
Barnard College
Bates College
Baylor University
Bentley University
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Bryant University
Bucknell University
Case Western University
Chapman University
Claremont McKenna College
Clarkson University
Colby College
Colgate University
College of the Holy Cross
College of William & Mary
Colorado College
Concordia University
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Davidson College
DePaul University
DePauw University
Dickinson College
Drew University
Drury University
Elon University
Emerson College
Fairfield University
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
George Washington University
Gettysburg College
Gonzaga University
Hamilton College
Haverford College
Hofstra University
Indiana University (Bloomington)
Indiana University
Ithaca College
James Madison University
Johnson & Wales University
Lewis and Clark College
Loyola Marymount University
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Marist College
Marquette University
Michigan State University
Middlebury College
Mount Holyoke College
Northeastern University
Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences
Ohio University
Oregon State University
Pace University
Pomona College
Providence College
Rhodes College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
Scripps College
Skidmore College
Suffolk University
SUNY Purchase
Swarthmore College
Texas Christian University
The New School
Transylvania University
Trinity College
Trinity University
Tufts University
Tulane University
UMass Boston
Union College
University of Arizona
University of California
University of Chicago
University of Hartford
University of Oregon
University of Rhode Island
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of Southern California
University of Washington
Vassar College
Villanova University
Virginia Institute of Technology
Wake Forest University
Washington & Lee University
Wellesley College.
Wesleyan University.
Williams College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

So, the college essay now holds more weight than ever before, and the 2020-21 Common Application essay prompts are already out! You know what that means! It’s time to start brainstorming. If you’re stuck or need help, check out our free resources, like our YouTube tutorials, and accompanying worksheets, to walk you through the process. If you’re interested in working with one of our expert Advisors one-on-one, fill out a contact form to learn more about our rates, process, and service options.

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