Colleges That Don’t Take Sat Scores
If you’re looking to go to college, but don’t want to be tied down by your SAT scores, there are plenty of options out there. We’ve compiled a list of schools that don’t require SAT scores in order to get in. Just make sure you meet their other requirements before applying!
Bard College is a private liberal arts college in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Founded in 1860, Bard enrolls approximately 2,300 students from all 50 U.S. states and nearly 60 countries. The college offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in about 50 majors across the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences; Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Social Work (MSW) and Ph.D degrees through the Graduate Programs at Bard; as well as Certificate programs through the Leon Levy Center for Biography on New York City’s Upper West Side; and Executive Education programming at sites around the world including France, India and Vietnam
- Berea College is a small, private liberal arts college in Berea, Kentucky. It was founded in 1855 as an abolitionist school for freed slaves and has since become a member of the Kentucky Council of Independent Colleges and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
- Berea College is known for its academic rigor and commitment to social justice. The school offers 26 majors spanning from art history to theater studies, with many opportunities for students to conduct research or study abroad.
College of the Atlantic
College of the Atlantic is a small liberal arts college in Bar Harbor, Maine. The college is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) and the International Association of Liberal Education (IALE). It was founded in 1969 by Professor John McConnell.
College of the Atlantic offers bachelor’s degrees in several majors including environmental studies, marine science, sustainability studies and international development studies.
The school also offers an interdisciplinary major called “natural history” that allows students to combine biology, chemistry and earth sciences into one program. Some students choose this option because they want to learn more about ecology but don’t necessarily want to pursue an advanced degree in science or math after graduation.
Cooper Union is one of the oldest private colleges in New York City. The school does not require SAT or ACT scores from applicants, and it’s also free to all students.
Although you might think that this would make it an easy school to get into, Cooper Union has a very low acceptance rate: just 8 percent in 2019. This makes it extremely competitive—and expensive.
Cooper Union is known for its architecture and engineering programs, but there are also business degrees available through their School of Business Administration (SBA). Other concentrations include art history, economics, urban studies and industrial design.
Deep Springs College
Deep Springs College is a very small, private college in California that doesn’t require ACT or SAT scores. The school was founded in 1917 and was originally an all-male institution. Students at Deep Springs College work on the ranch and have no grades or majors. Students are also required to live on campus in rustic dorms built by students themselves. This unconventional approach seems to work—Deep Springs has graduated more Rhodes scholars than any other liberal arts college in the nation!
Earlham College is a private liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, United States. Earlham was founded in 1847 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) to educate Quaker men for religious work. Today Earlham enrolls 1,300 students from 40 states and 40 countries.
The admissions process at Hampshire College is very flexible. There is no need to submit SAT scores, but you must submit a writing sample and an essay. You will also need to submit a resume, personal statement, and a list of activities.
The school offers over 40 majors in arts and humanities, sciences and engineering fields as well as interdisciplinary studies that allow students to construct their own degree paths.
- No SAT or ACT scores.
- No minimum GPA requirement.
- No application fee.
- No essay required (though you may choose to submit one).
- The only application form you’ll need is one for the Common Application, which is free to print out and submit online at commonapp.org
Macaulay Honors College/CUNY
Macaulay Honors College/CUNY is a public honors college at the City University of New York (CUNY), and one of the most selective honors programs in the country. Established in 1970, it is a separate college within CUNY but part of its system. It offers an interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum taught by distinguished faculty members from all five CUNY colleges as well as from other universities across New York City.
New York University
New York University (NYU) is a private university with campuses in New York City and Abu Dhabi. It was founded in 1831 as the University of the City of New York, but over time, it has become known simply as “NYU.” NYU is no longer an undergraduate-only school: graduate programs were added in 1896, and its law school opened in 1900.
The university has been ranked among the top 15 best public universities by U.S. News & World Report each year since 1996; it also appears on lists for its professional schools of architecture, medicine, nursing and business administration. A member of the Association of American Universities — made up only of 62 leading research institutions from across the country — NYU offers more than 300 majors across 17 schools and colleges at its three locations: Manhattan’s Washington Square Park campus; Brooklyn’s Polytechnic Institute campus; and Abu Dhabi Global Campus.
Purchase College SUNY
Purchase College SUNY is a public liberal arts college and part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. It is located in the town of Purchase, New York, just north of Westchester County. The school was founded in 1967 as part of the SUNY system. There are approximately 4,000 undergraduate students enrolled at Purchase College SUNY.
Most of these schools are in New York.
The majority of schools that do not use SAT scores for admission are located in New York. Additionally, there are a number of schools that provide scholarships to students who don’t take the SAT. These include Harvard and Princeton.
If you’re interested in applying to one of these schools, check out our guide on how to apply without taking the SAT!
You should know that a lot of these colleges require SAT scores for admission, but if you have other test scores like AP tests or IB exams that are higher than the SAT, then they may consider those as well. We hope this article helped you find a school where you can apply!