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Which Colleges and Universities Will Be Test-Optional for the Class of 2025?

In recent years, the college admissions process has experienced a seismic shift with the widespread adoption of test-optional policies by colleges and universities across the United States. While the COVID-19 pandemic certainly spurred the introduction of these test-optional policies, growing conversations have since evolved regarding the fairness and equity of standardized testing, resulting in many colleges reevaluating their admission requirements to better reflect the diverse strengths and talents of applicants. In this era of change and adaptation, the question of permanence of such test-optional policies has only grown as we are starting to see some institutions reinstating their previous test requirements. Whether motivated by a commitment to diversity, a desire to promote access, or a recognition of the limitations of standardized testing, many institutions are remaining committed to their test-optional policies and aim to open their doors for a wider range of applicants.

To help prospective students navigate this evolving terrain, we’ve compiled a current comprehensive list of colleges and universities that will remain test-optional, or some version of, in the upcoming year. From small liberal arts colleges to prestigious research universities, this list encompasses institutions of various sizes, locations, and academic profiles. Whether you’re a high school senior beginning your college search or a transfer student exploring your options, this resource serves as a valuable guide to understanding the growing number of opportunities available to you in the test-optional landscape.

Test-Optional, Test-Blind, and Test-Flexible Schools for the Class of 2025 Admissions Cycle:

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