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Which American universities are SAT-optional for fall 2024 admissions?

Most Universities in the US are test optional. However, there are a few exceptions. Certain universities may be test-optional or test-blind/test-free. For Ivy league colleges, unless the student applies through a sports quota or is from an underrepresented community, SAT scores are being considered. For Ivy-like colleges like Duke, Northwestern, Tufts, etc, the SAT is not being considered. 


Under a test-optional policy, colleges still welcome test scores from students who choose to submit them and consider them a valuable data point and part of the review process if testing is available. At the same time, they are confident in reviewing a file without a test score and still rendering a fair decision—in other words, students without scores are not disadvantaged.

Test-blind or test-free

If a school is test-free, it means they will not consider standardized testing in their application review. Even if you have a 36 on the ACT, or a 1600 on the SAT, and you send it to them, they will not consider it as a part of your file.

Some Universities that are NOT test optional and requires SAT scores are: 

  • Auburn University (for students with below a 3.6 GPA)

  • Florida A&M University

  • Florida Atlantic University

  • Florida Gulf Coast University

  • Florida International University

  • Florida Polytechnic University

  • Florida State University

  • Georgetown University (requires full testing history)

  • Georgia Tech

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • New College of Florida

  • Purdue University

  • University of Central Florida

  • University of Florida

  • University of Georgia

  • University of North Florida

  • University of South Florida

  • University of Tennessee

  • University of West Florida

  • West Point (students may submit PSAT in lieu of ACT or SAT)

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