Stemming from our recent discussion of students with low SATs, we decided to profile the top 10 SAT/ACT-Optional Schools. The SAT-optional movement provides a great opportunity for impressive students whose SAT scores do not correlate with their successes. The nonprofit FairTest provides a comprehensive list of all schools that are either SAT-optional or flexible with which tests they accept.
Note that these schools are truly SAT optional in that you do need to submit standardized tests as part of your applications. Other schools such as Middlebury College and New York University do offer other options, but are not testing optional.
These schools are what we considered the “top ten” (plus 2 honorable mentions) in alphabetical order:
Located in Lewiston, Maine
The Bates College mascot is the Bobcat.
Located in Brunswick, Maine
The Bowdoin College mascot is the Polar Bear
Located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
The Bryn Mawr Mascot is the Owl.
Located in Waterville, Maine
1, 838 Students
The Colby College mascot is the White Mule.
Located in Worcester, Massachusetts
The Holy Cross mascot is the Crusasder.
Located in South Hadley, Massachusetts
The Mount Holyoke mascot is the Lyon.
Located in Portland, Oregon
The Reed College mascot is the Griffin.
Located in Sewanee, Tennessee
The Sewanee mascot is the Tiger.
The Smith College mascot is the Pioneer.
The Wake Forest University mascot is the Demon Deacon