The Best Test Optional Colleges in America

Apply to colleges without SAT or ACT scores

These colleges don't require students to submit SAT or ACT test scores with their applications. This is good news if you didn't take the test or received a low score. Remember, your GPA, high school activities, letters of recommendation and essays are even more important admission factors when you don't submit test scores.


425 results nationwide

Yale University
Y
New Haven, CT
Yale University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in America

  • 12,060enrollment
  • $17,511net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1460-1580SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.95Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 31

University of Chicago
C
Chicago, IL
University of Chicago

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in America

  • 17,834enrollment
  • $36,584net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1500-1570SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 4.2Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Rice University
R
Houston, TX
Rice University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in America

  • 7,643enrollment
  • $19,215net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1460-1570SAT range
  • 34-36ACT range
  • 3.96Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Brown University
B
Providence, RI
Brown University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in America

  • 9,948enrollment
  • $27,659net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1440-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.94Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Amherst College
A
Amherst, MA
Amherst College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in America

  • 1,745enrollment
  • $18,832net price
  • 12%acceptance rate
  • 1430-1560SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.91Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Cornell University
C
Ithaca, NY
Cornell University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in America

  • 23,620enrollment
  • $27,522net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1400-1540SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

Washington University in St Louis
W
Saint Louis, MO
Washington University in St Louis

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in America

  • 15,449enrollment
  • $27,233net price
  • 16%acceptance rate
  • 1480-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 4.21Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Wellesley College
W
Wellesley, MA
Wellesley College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#20 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,280enrollment
  • $21,614net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Hamilton College
H
Clinton, NY
Hamilton College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#24 Best Colleges in America

  • 1,902enrollment
  • $23,936net price
  • 18%acceptance rate
  • 1380-1510SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.87Estimated Avg GPA

University of Notre Dame
N
Notre Dame, IN
University of Notre Dame

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#1 Best Value in Indiana

  • 12,809enrollment
  • $29,981net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1400-1550SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.91Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Davidson College
D
Davidson, NC
Davidson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,983enrollment
  • $28,615net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

Haverford College
H
Haverford, PA
Haverford College

Private 4 Year

7 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,307enrollment
  • $25,215net price
  • 18%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1520SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

New York University
N
New York, NY
New York University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 52,775enrollment
  • $45,417net price
  • 21%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1540SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Colby College
C
Waterville, ME
Colby College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#12 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 2,155enrollment
  • $18,552net price
  • 10%acceptance rate
  • 1380-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Carleton College
C
Northfield, MN
Carleton College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#1 Best Value in Minnesota

  • 1,940enrollment
  • $30,843net price
  • 21%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1520SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Carnegie Mellon University
C
Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 13,519enrollment
  • $36,983net price
  • 17%acceptance rate
  • 1460-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.85Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of Michigan
M
Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#15 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 47,907enrollment
  • $17,832net price
  • 26%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.87Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Lehigh University
L
Bethlehem, PA
Lehigh University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 7,067enrollment
  • $29,098net price
  • 50%acceptance rate
  • 1260-1433SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.81Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1