Top Colleges That Don’t Require Sat
College is expensive and stressful. You’ve probably already been through the SATs, and now you’re wondering if your score will affect your chances of getting into a top-notch university. The good news is that there are plenty of schools out there that don’t require standardized test scores for admission.
Bard College is a private liberal arts college located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. As of Fall 2018, it had about 2,600 students and 300 faculty members. Bard was founded as St. Stephen’s College in 1853 by Samuel Bard and has been coeducational since 1969. The college offers 30 undergraduate majors across six schools: Economics; Environmental Studies; Humanities; Language Arts; Music; Social & Behavioral Sciences (formerly Interdisciplinary Programs). In addition to the main campus at Annandale-on-Hudson, Bard also operates the Albert Nerken School of Studio Arts (ANSCA) in Midtown Manhattan which offers four certificate programs: Ceramics/Glassblowing/Metalworking, Painting & Printmaking/Drawing & Painting/Sculpture, Photography/Digital Media Arts and Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing
The College has been ranked as one of the best colleges in the U.S. by several organizations, including Forbes, The Princeton Review and Washington Monthly.
Berea College is a private liberal arts college located in Berea, Kentucky. It was founded in 1855 by abolitionists and social reformers as an anti-slavery college. As such, it was one of the first colleges to admit men and women equally and operate on an integrated basis without racial or gender discrimination; it remains today as one of only two fully integrated colleges in the United States.
The school is named after John Gano and Mary Silvey Gano who donated their farm for the creation of Berea College. Berea offers bachelor’s degree programs (including pre-professional programs such as nursing) through its traditional academic departments: science; humanities; social sciences; mathematics/statistics; music composition/performance studies (formerly known as “music theory”), visual art studio practice & history department; interdisciplinary studies. In addition to these majors, students may also choose from minors offered by various departments throughout campus.
CUNY Hunter College
Hunter College is a public college in New York City that offers degrees at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels.
It’s ranked #8 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, which means it can be competitive to get in despite not requiring SAT scores!
- Location: Northampton, MA
- Size: 1,269 total students (1,087 undergraduate)
- Tuition and financial aid: Tuition is $55,710 per year. Room and board is an additional $14,500 annually. The school offers a variety of merit-based scholarships and grants to make attendance more affordable for qualifying applicants.
- Admission requirements: Applications are considered without regard for GPA or standardized test scores. No SAT or ACT required as part of application process; no essay required for admission; no writing requirement for acceptance into Hampshire College at all levels (undergraduate or graduate). To apply as an undergraduate student to Hampshire College in Massachusetts you must fill out the Common Application form here with your basic personal information such as name, address, birth date etc., along with high school grades if available then submit it electronically through the Common Application website
New York University
- NYU is a private research university in New York City.
- NYU is a member of the Association of American Universities and the League of American Universities. The school has many other memberships in national academic and honorary organizations such as Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Beta Pi.
- In athletics, NYU’s Division III Violets compete in NCAA’s University Athletic Association (UAA). NYU also offers club sports such as sailing, rugby and ice hockey
Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences
Oberlin College is a private liberal arts college in Oberlin, Ohio. The college’s motto, “Well Done,” reflects the high caliber of students who attend the school. As a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the Five Colleges of Ohio, Oberlin College is known for its rigorous academics and unique curriculum. Students choose from more than 40 majors and programs within four divisions: Conservatory, Music Department; Conservatory-School of Music at Oberlin; Division of Humanities; Division of Social Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning; Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics with interdisciplinary studies in ecology or environmental science/studies; Division of Contemporary Culture (departments include African American Studies); College Honors Program.
Smith College is a private women’s liberal arts college located in Northampton, Massachusetts. It was established in 1871 by the Smith College Abolition Society. For more than 100 years, it was the only college for women that educated its students through graduate school. Smith is a member of the Seven Sisters consortium and has been ranked #3 for highest graduation rate among all colleges in America.
The total undergraduate enrollment at Smith College is 2,621 and the student-to-faculty ratio is 9:1 (13:1 if you count faculty with assistant professor rank). The acceptance rate at this school is 16% with an average SAT score of 1920 (out of 2400), ACT score range of 33 – 34 composite or 26 – 29 English/Math subscores & an average GPA of 3.9/4*.
United States Military Academy at West Point
United States Military Academy at West Point
West Point is a four-year, federally funded, military service academy. It was established in 1802 by President Thomas Jefferson and is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United States. In addition to its reputation for producing some of our country’s greatest leaders, West Point also has a rich history that includes 8 Medal of Honor recipients and 5 Nobel Prize winners — ranking them among some of our nation’s most accomplished students ever.
University of Texas at Austin
UT Austin is a public research university and the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. Founded in 1883, it has one of the largest campuses in the United States at over 7,000 acres (2,800 ha). Located in Austin, Texas—the state capital—UT Austin serves more than 50,000 students per year through its academic programs and research centers.
UT Austin has been ranked as one of the top 10 overall universities nationally by U.S. News & World Report since 2007. In 2016 it was ranked 24th among world universities by Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). U.S News & World Report’s 2017 edition also puts UT Austin as tied for third place among all public national universities.
Wake Forest University
Wake Forest University is a private, co-educational, non-profit, nonsectarian institution that was founded in 1834. It is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The school has a strong liberal arts core and is known for its competitive athletics programs.
These are a selection of top ranked universities that don’t require SAT scores for admission.
While you may not need to submit standardized test scores, there are some requirements that you will need to meet.
The following is a list of schools that do not require SAT or ACT scores:
- Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
- Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut)
- Stanford University (Stanford, California)
- Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey)
- Columbia University (New York City)
- Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island)
In addition to not requiring the SAT or ACT for admission into their undergraduate programs, these colleges also do not require subject examinations nor Advanced Placement exams as part of your application process:
We hope this list helps you narrow down your choices for the colleges that are right for you. We recommend that you visit each school’s website to learn more about admission requirements, including SAT scores and GPA minimums, before deciding which one is best for your needs. If you are still unsure about which schools to apply to or how much money it will take as an undergraduate student, we encourage you to consider consulting with a financial planner who can help answer these questions for you!