Columbia University has recently announced they will remain permanently test optional! This is great news for the high school class of 2024 as they approach college admissions. In addition, all highly selective universities (with the exception of MIT) including The Ivy League, Stanford, Northwestern, and Boston University, all have announced that they will remain test optional through the high school class of 2024. We expect other highly selective institutions to follow suit, but it’s always best to check with the individual colleges. Test Optional is here to stay and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

At The College Curators, we recommend that high school students in the class of 2024 still consider taking the ACT or SAT, but whether or not they submit their scores should depend on test availability and personal performance. Our advice is that: 1. Students should not sacrifice their mental or physical health to take a test; 2. If your test score does not fall within the upper 50% range of your desired school OR it doesn’t reflect your academic school performance, you have the option not to submit; 3. Remember, if you decide not to submit your test score, everything else will matter more in the admissions process.Rigor and grades continue to matter the most supported by a compelling story.

We are encouraged by the number of schools that already have announced a test optional policy through high school class of 2024 and beyond. Combined with the schools that have been traditionally (and permanently) test optional, there are many test optional choices for the high school class of 2024.

At The College Curators, we have successfully advised 100s of students on navigating the test optional environment. We expertly guide our students to build a balanced college list supported by an authentic and verifiable application.

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List of SAT and ACT Test Optional Colleges for fall 2024 Admissions cycle:

**updated as of 1/10/23**

Allegheny College*

American University*


Bard College*

Barnard College

Bates College*

Baylor University

Bennington College*

Binghamton University

Boston University

Boston College

Bowdoin College

Brandeis University*

Brown University

Bryn Mawr College*

Bucknell University*

California Institute of Technology

Cal State System (Test Blind)

Case Western Reserve University

Chapman University

Clark University*

Claremont McKenna College

Colby College*

Colgate University

Colorado College*

Columbia University*

College of Charleston

Connecticut College*

Cornell University

Davidson College

Denison University*

DePaul University

Dickinson College*

Drexel University

Earlham College*

Elon University

Emerson College

Franklin and Marshall College*

Furman University*

George Washington University*

Gettysburg College*

Hamilton College

Harvard University

Harvey Mudd

Haverford College

Hobart and William Smith Colleges*

Indiana University – Bloomington

Johns Hopkins University

Knox College*

Lafayette College

Lawrence University*

Lehigh University

Lewis and Clark College*

Loyola Marymount University

Macalester College*

Marquette University

Michigan State University

Middlebury College

Mount Holyoke College*

Muhlenberg College*

Northeastern University

Northwestern University

Occidental College

Pepperdine University

Pitzer College

Princeton University

Providence College

Pomona College

Rutgers University

Santa Clara University

Sewanee – The University of the South

Stanford University

Swarthmore College

Syracuse University

Temple University

Texas Christian University

Tufts University (3-year pilot)

University of California System (all campuses test blind)

University of Chicago*

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Notre Dame

University of Pennsylvania

University of Texas at Austin

Washington University in St. Louis

Wellesley College

Yale University

*Colleges with Permanently Test Optional Policy

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