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Which Colleges and Universities Will Be Test-Optional in 2023-2024?

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After the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult or impossible for many students to take the ACT and the SAT, the vast majority of American colleges and universities chose to institute temporary (or, in some cases, permanent) test-optional policies. Schools in this group included all of the Ivy League universities, most large public universities, and many, many small liberal arts colleges.

While no one can be sure yet how these new policies will affect admissions trends at these schools, a larger question hangs over the proceedings for current juniors: what does this all mean for them? Which colleges will be test-optional for the high school Class of 2024 (a.k.a. the college Class of 2028)?

A few colleges and universities declared from the outset that they would make standardized tests optional for two or three years, in anticipation of ongoing uncertainties surrounding testing opportunities. Others, as mentioned, made the tests permanently optional. Two years later, as testing disruptions have continued, they now say that they will be test-optional for multiple years. Amid this dizzying array of responses to an ever-shifting situation, it can certainly be difficult to tell whether any particular school will be test-optional or test-blind in 2023-2024.

But Spark is here to help!

Below you will find an up-to-date list of every school that will be test-optional, test-flexible, or test-blind in 2023-2024. To clarify these distinctions, a test-optional school is one that accepts but does not require test scores from applicants; a test-flexible school is a generally test-optional school that places limitations on applying without test scores (for instance, you might need to have a certain GPA in order to apply without a test score); and a test-blind school is one that will not consider test scores from any student, even those who might wish to submit them.

A quick note: some schools will still require homeschooled students, students interested in merit aid or honors programs, and/or students applying to particular programs (such as nursing or BS/MD programs) to submit an SAT or ACT score even if the university is otherwise test-optional; those distinctions will not be noted here, so if you fall into one of those categories, check the policies at your schools.

With that in mind, please enjoy the list! 

Test-Optional, Test-Blind, and Test-Flexible Schools for the 2023-2024 College Admissions Cycle (for the College Class of 2028):

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