US Universities with no SAT for 2021

Due to the Covid 19 outbreak SAT & ACT standardized tests have been cancelled, leaving many students, local and international, feeling despondent about what to do to meet test admission requirements for US universities. For international students this is much concerning as they have fewer opportunities to write the SAT abroad. But Many universities have gone test optional for the 2021 admissions cycle.

Some selective institutions, like Tufts university, are actually extending this beyond the 2021 intake. MIT has waived the subject tests requirements. Could this be the beginning of the end for standardized test requirements in the USA? Highly unlikely! But it does open the door for more “flexible” admission policies, especially for international students. Some institutions already have this in place. For example, New York University allows students to use other means of standardized testing “to be eligible for admission.”

What does this mean for international students looking at some Top Universities in the USA? In my opinion, it has levelled the field in that competition will be academics for academics, and removes the hurdle of standardized tests that are specifically aimed at US High School Students. Having been a US College & University Counselor for many years at both local & international American High Schools, I know first hand that our schools prepare our students for such tests from as early as grade 9 through PSAT’s, and other tests that follow the same test conditions. My international students walk to the SAT / ACT examinations with little exposure, besides test prep courses or Khan Academy test simulations.

The upcoming university admission season will be very interesting to say the least. I will be eagerly observing it with high hopes for my international students.

Here is a list of those universities who have WAIVED the SAT/ ACT requirements as of June 15th 2020.  Make sure to come back for updates.


As of June 17th 2020


Alma CollegeMIT *subject tests
Alfred UniversityMontana University system
Amherst CollegeNortheastern University
Anderson University, SCOakland University
Babson CollegeOberlin College
Barnard CollegeOregon State University
Baylor UniversityPepperdine University­­
Bentley UniversityPomona College
Bethany College, KSPurdue University Fort Wayne
Boston UniversityRhodes College
California Maritime AcademySanta Clara University
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoSan Diego State University
California State Polytechnic University, PomonaSan Jose State University
The California State University SystemScripps College
California State University, Channel IslandsSt. Mary’s University
Claremont McKenna CollegeSt. Olaf College
Case Western Reserve UniversitySt. Thomas Aquinas College
Centre CollegeSwarthmore College
Coastal Carolina UniversityTexas Christian University
Colgate UniversityTrinity University
Cooper UnionTufts University
Concordia University TexasTulane University
Concordia University, NebraskaThe College of Wooster
Cornell UniversityUniversity of California — Los Angeles
Davidson CollegeUniversity of California at Merced
Drury UniversityUniversity of California, Berkeley
Fordham UniversityUniversity of California, Davis
Grand Valley State UniversityUniversity of California, Irvine
Gonzaga UniversityUniversity of California, Riverside
Hamilton CollegeUniversity of California, San Diego
Haverford CollegeUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Hawaii Pacific UniversityUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
Indiana University – BloomingtonUniversity of Oregon
Indiana University – BloomingtonUniversity of Richmond
Indiana University – South BendUniversity of Southern California
Limestone UniversityUniversity of Toledo
Macalester CollegeUVA Wise
Mansfield UniversityUniversity of Washington
Meredith CollegeVassar College
Middlebury CollegeVirginia Tech
Millersville UniversityWellesley College
Williams CollegeWestminster College
University of MiamiUniversity of Southern California (USC)
Columbia University Villanova University
The University of Pennsylvania St Louis University
University of New EnglandCarleton College
University of CincinnatiDartmouth College
Kenyon CollegeUniversity of Virginia
CaltechSimmons University
Penn StateJohn Hopkins
Yale UniversityBrown University
Washington University St LouisHarvard University

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