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Universities That don't Require SAT/ACT Exams

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Planning your undergraduate abroad?  Are you prepared for SAT/ ACT exams?

If not then don’t worry! You can still achieve your goals, plan your education abroad for 2022 and maybe even get into your dream university. Just research well. And to help you with that research, we are always here for you.

Many of us are not good at taking exams. Some just mess up on ‘the day’ even after a lot of preparation and end up with unsatisfactory scores. So what is the solution now? Repeat SAT/ ACT? Well it is the basic eligibility criteria in order to study overseas especially in the US, isn’t it? That is what is assumed by everyone. But in reality, it is not. There are universities that do not require sat/act scores. In fact, there are some colleges that say an absolute NO to SATs/ ACTs. One such college is Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Therefore, if you are worried about how you can study abroad without SAT/ ACT and get into your desired university in Spring/Fall'21 then there is only one answer to it - Test Optional Colleges

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What is Test-Optional College?

Universities that do not require SAT or ACT from international students and grant you an admission are known as Test-Optional colleges. So if you have not given SAT/ ACT, then these colleges are for you. However, if you are already done with taking these exams and have scored poorly then you can just avoid sending your bad test scores to the college during application. Even if you submit your SAT and ACT scores, your application will be evaluated based on your academic profile. Therefore, you really need to have a good GPA throughout your academic life. In case, if you think that GPA is the only thing that the college will be considering while evaluating your profile then you are wrong. There are many other factors which play a vital role in your admission process. Those factors are -

  • Letter of Recommendation:  Having LORs from your High School teachers, Seniors, or the internships (if any) highly proves to be beneficial that makes your application stand out from the rest. Know more about- How to Draft Letters of Recommendation (LoR).
  • Statement of Purpose: SOP is #thefactor that can help you to make it or break it into a college. It is the only thing where you don’t have to depend on others to represent yourself to the admission council. Even if you have a low GPA, you can still get into your dream college through a good SOP. The Statement of Purpose generally defines why you want to attend that college and course, why you are capable enough, and what are your strong zones of interest. So write your SOP such that it gives the admission council insight into who you are and what your passion is. In order to help you write better SOPs, you can check - SOP: Statement Of Purpose
  • Essay Prompts: Besides SOP, essay prompts are another factor that can help your profile be more interesting than other applicants. It is a way for the college to evaluate an applicant’s experimental thinking and proficiency. This is where you can portray the essence of ‘You’, things that other parts of the application DON’T cover.
  • Extracurricular Activities: Getting involved in various extracurricular activities can help you earn some extra brownie points. It definitely adds value to your application especially when you have not applied for SAT/ ACT.
  • Projects/ Internships: Being a part of a few good projects or having some experience in the field for which you are applying for i.e. your Undergrad major is the cherry on the top. Internships - not many students, especially in India, prefer to do it during their High School. So an internship certificate, if you happen to have one then be assured that your application is already way too attractive to the admission council.

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Universities That Don't Require SAT/ ACT Exams

Bryn Mawr College PA

University of Chicago IL

Agnes Scott College GA

Muhlenberg College PA

American University DC

National University CA

Arizona State University AZ

New England College NH

Augsburg College MN

New York Institute of Technology NY

Augustana College IL

New York University NY

Azusa Pacific University CA

North Carolina State University NC

Bard College NY

Northeastern University MA

Barry University FL

Northern Arizona University AZ

Bates College ME

Northern Kentucky University KY

Beloit College WI

Oakland University MI

Benedict College SC

Oakwood University AL

Benedictine College KS

Oklahoma City University OK

Bennett College NC

Old Dominion University VA

Bennington College VT

Pace University, New York City NY

Berklee College of Music MA

Pace University, Westchester Campus NY

Boise State University ID

Pacific Union College CA

Bowdoin College ME

Peirce College PA

Bryant University RI

Pitzer College CA

Burlington College VT

Pratt Institute NY

California College of the Arts (San Francisco) CA

Prescott College AZ

California Institute of the Arts CA

Providence College RI

Cambridge College MA

Quinnipiac University CT

Carroll University (Wisconsin) WI

Ringling College of Art and Design FL

Cazenovia College NY

Rocky Mountain College MT

Centre College KY

Roger Williams University RI

Champlain College VT

Rollins College FL

Christopher Newport University VA

Roosevelt University IL

Clark University MA

Saint Joseph's University PA

College of the Atlantic ME

Saint Leo University FL

College of the Holy Cross MA

Saint Peter's University NJ

Colorado College CO

Salisbury University MD

Colorado School of Mines CO

Salve Regina University RI

Columbia College Chicago IL

Sarah Lawrence College NY

Connecticut College CT

Savannah College of Art and Design GA

Cornell College IA

School of the Art Institute of Chicago IL

Curry College MA

Seattle University WA

Denison University OH

Seton Hill University PA

DePaul University IL

Skidmore College NY

Drew University NJ

Smith College MA

Earlham College IN

Southern Methodist University TX

Embry-Riddle- Daytona Beach FL

St. Cloud State University MN

Emmanuel College MA

St. Edward's University MD

Fairfield University CT

St. John's College ME

Fairleigh Dickinson University NJ

St. John's College NM

Fashion Institute of Technology NY

St. John's University - Manhattan Campus NY

Flagler College FL

State Uni of New York - Stony Brook NY

Florida Institute of Technology FL

State Uni of New York, "Alfred State" NY

Franklin Pierce University NH

State Uniof New York College, Plattsburgh NY

Franklin University OH

Stonehill College MA

Furman University SC

Suffolk University MA

Gallaudet University DC

Syracuse University NY

George Mason University VA

Trinity College CT

George Washington University DC

Tulane University LA

Gettysburg College PA

Union College NY

Goshen College IN

University at Buffalo, The State Un of NY

Goucher College MD

University of Arizona AZ

Green Mountain College VT

University of Cincinnati OH

Guilford College NC

University of Colorado at Boulder CO

Gustavus Adolphus College MN

University of Dallas TX

Hamilton College - NY NY

University of Denver CO

Hampshire College MA

University of Findlay OH

Hartwick College NY

University of Houston TX

Hawaii Pacific University HI

University of Iowa IA

Hilbert College NY

University of Kansas KS

Hiram College OH

University of Miami FL

Hobart and William Smith Colleges NY

University of Michigan, Flint MI

Hofstra University NY

University of Montana, Missoula MT

Humboldt State University CA

University of New Mexico NM

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis IN Optional

University of New Orleans LA

Iowa State University IA

University of North Carolina at Greensboro NC

Ithaca College NY

University of Northern Iowa IA

James Madison University VA

University of Oregon OR

Johnson & Wales University (Charlotte)NC

University of Portland OR

Johnson & Wales University (Denver)CO

University of Rhode Island RI

Johnson & Wales University (North Miami)FL

University of Rochester NY

Johnson & Wales University (Providence) RI

University of San Diego CA

Juilliard School NY

University of Southern Mississippi MS

Kalamazoo College MI

University of St. Thomas MN

Keuka College NY

University of the Pacific CA

Knox College IL

University of the Southwest NM

La Sierra University CA

University of Toledo OH

Lake Erie College OH

University of Tulsa OK

Lamar University TX

University of Washington WA

Lawrence University WI

University of Wisconsin, Superior WI

Lebanon Valley College PA

University of Wisconsin, Whitewater WI

Lewis & Clark College OR

Ursinus College PA

Loyola University Chicago IL

Utica College NY

Loyola University Maryland MD

Wagner College NY

Luther College IA

Wake Forest University NC

Lynn University FL

Washington Adventist University MD

Marist College NY

Washington and Jefferson College PA

Marlboro College VT

Wesleyan University CT

Marquette University WI

Western New England University MA

Marymount Manhattan College NY

Westminster College MO

Marywood University PA

Wheaton College IL IL

McDaniel College MD

Wheaton College MA

Mercyhurst University PA

Whitworth University WA

Merrimack College MA

Widener University PA

Messiah College PA

Wilberforce University OH

Miami University OH

Wilmington University DE

Michigan State University MI

Wilson College PA

Middlebury College VT

Winona State University MN

Miles College AL

Wittenberg University OH

Mills College CA

Worcester Polytechnic Institute MA

Minnesota State University, Mankato MN

Xavier University OH

Mount Holyoke College MA

York College NE

University of Washington

Yale University

Harvard College

Case Western Reserve University

Vassar College

Pomona College

Oregon State University

Princeton University

University of Pennsylvania

University of Virginia

Dartmouth College

Amherst College

Tufts University

Boston University

Davidson College

Rhodes College

Haverford College

Trinity University

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So, this was all about the other factors to be considered while applying to a college. Hence, it depends on you how you represent yourself to the year 2022 admission council of a particular college. Prepare the documents well with guidance from the experts. Check out the Yocket Premium Counselling Services where you can get all the help for your study abroad journey from the very start to the end. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Colleges That Don’t Require SAT

Ques. What colleges don’t require SAT?

Ans. The list of colleges dropping act/sat requirements are:

  • Harvard College 
  • Dartmouth College 
  • Davidson College 
  • Rhodes College 
  • Tufts University
  • Amherst College 

Ques. What is SAT paper pattern?

Ans. The pattern for SAT exam 2022 consists of four sections altogether:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Optional essay

Ques. What is the range of marks in SAT exam?

Ans. The SAT score range is between 400 to 1600.

Ques. What is SAT exam fee 2022 for Indian students?

Ans. The SAT exam fee in Indian rupees is 8,074 INR. 

Ques. Is there SAT scholarship for Indian students?

Ans. Yes, all international students including Indians are eligible to apply for SAT scholarships. 

Ques. What are SAT exam centres in India?

Ans. Popular SAT centres in India are:

  • Ahmedabad International School
  • Allen house Public School, Khalasi
  • Delhi Public School (DPS)
  • Metro Delhi International Schoo

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