By Kim Clark
August 19, 2015

Visit our new 2016 list for our most recent college picks.

You don’t have to get perfect scores on your ACTs or SATs to get into a great college.

Some of the nation’s best-value colleges—including several famous and elite schools—have “test optional” admissions policies. That means they will consider your test scores if you submit them, but they won’t hold it against you if you don’t.

To make up for the lack of test scores, however, you will likely have to submit something extra, such as a graded paper you wrote for high school.

Check out MONEY’s 2015-16 Best Colleges rankings

Here are MONEY’s picks for the 10 best value colleges that welcome applicants who don’t want to submit test scores, below. Then, read our tips on getting into a great school even if you don’t have great test scores.


10. Loyola University Maryland (tie)

Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University Maryland

Acceptance rate: 58%

MONEY Best Colleges rank: 109

Location: Baltimore, Md.

Read more about Loyola.


10. Bates College (tie)

15. Bates College Early earnings: $46,700 Mid-career earnings: $105,000
Phyllis Graber Jensen—Bates College

Acceptance rate: 24%

MONEY Best Colleges rank: 109

Location: Lewiston, Maine

Read more about Bates.


9. St. Lawrence University

Acceptance rate: 46%

MONEY Best Colleges rank: 101

Location: Canton, N.Y.

Read more about St. Lawrence


8. Union College

Union College
Union College

Acceptance rate: 37%

MONEY Best Colleges rank: 96

Location: Schenectady, N.Y.

Read more about Union.


7. College of the Holy Cross

College of the Holy Cross
College of the Holy Cross

Acceptance rate: 33%

MONEY Best Colleges rank: 89

Location: Worcester, Mass.

Read more about Holy Cross.


6. Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Kevin Colton—Kevin Colton

Acceptance rate: 49%

MONEY Best Colleges rank: 75

Location: Geneva, N.Y.

Read more about Hobart and William Smith Colleges.


5. Bryant University

Bryant University

Acceptance rate: 77%

MONEY Best Colleges rank: 68

Location: Smithfield, R.I.

Read more about Bryant.


4. Providence College

Providence College
Providence College

Acceptance rate: 60%

MONEY Best Colleges ranking: 64

Location: Providence

Read more about Providence College.


3. Fairfield University

Fairfield University
Fairfield University

Acceptance rate: 71%

MONEY Best Colleges rank: 56

Location: Fairfield, Conn.

Read more about Fairfield University.


2. Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College
Michele Stapleton

Acceptance rate: 15%

MONEY Best Colleges rank: 56

Location: Brunswick, Maine

Read more about Bowdoin.


1. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worchester Polytechnic Institute
Matthew Atanian

Acceptance rate: 52%

MONEY Best Colleges list: 48

Location: Worcester, Mass.

Read more about WPI.

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