Colleges without SAT Requirement for Admission

Over the past few years, more and more colleges and universities have waived SAT requirements for admissions. Initially introduced to evaluate the knowledge and skills of students applying to colleges, the perception of SAT has changed.

Many educationists argue that a high SAT score provides an unfair advantage to successful students over those who cannot pay for SAT prep classes. It should not be used as a benchmark for college admissions.

So if you are bad at test taking have performed poorly in your SAT or cannot afford to pay for prep classes, do not be disheartened! There are over 800 colleges throughout the United States that do not require SAT/ACT scores for admissions.

The National Testing Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest) aims to remove all discrepancies in standardized testing and ensures fair evaluation of students for admission process. It provides a comprehensive list of colleges and universities that do not require SAT. Some of the colleges to adopt a non-standardized testing procedure for college application and admission process include liberal arts colleges, such as:

  • Smith College, Massachusetts
  • Middlebury College, Vermont
  • Bowdoin College, Maine
  • Bard College, New York.

Other colleges without SAT requirement include:

  • Benjamin Franklin Institute of Engineering and Technology, for engineering students
  • Brown College at Minnesota for telecommunications, criminal justice and other fields
  • Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

However, mere knowledge of these colleges is not enough. Most of these colleges are private and have a considerably higher college tuition fee than others. It is vital for you to evaluate all financial aid options. College is somewhere you will invest your time and energy into for at least four years of your life. It’s important to know what the requirements are; so that you can find colleges in which you have the greatest chance of admissions. It’s equally important to find a college that is a good personal fit for you. Look at things like majors offered,  student to professor ratios, academics and student life.  Keep in mind that college is an investment—choose wisely!