Best Test-Optional Colleges

No need to worry if you’re a bad test-taker. An increasing number of schools have recently become test optional, meaning students do not have to submit their SAT or ACT scores in order to be considered for admission. These institutions have test-optional policies and performed well in MONEY’s overall rankings.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations.

College Name
Overall
MONEY
Rank
Acceptance rate
Est. price 2018-19 without aid
Est. price 2018-19 with avg. grant
% with need who get grants
Average student debt
Early career earnings
College Name
Overall
MONEY
Rank
Acceptance rate
Est. price 2018-19 without aid
Est. price 2018-19 with avg. grant
% with need who get grants
Average student debt
Early career earnings
37
1
8% $77,600 $33,400 98% $14,500 $58,100
39
2
Harrisonburg, VA
72% $26,700 $17,500 51% $20,900 $53,400
42
3
38% $67,800 $29,000 82% $27,500 $56,000
45
4
48% $22,900 $3,500 86% $14,000 $46,200
49
5
74% $21,000 $8,100 87% $15,000 $47,000
52
6
Lewiston, ME
23% $70,500 $25,800 100% $14,500 $55,800
53
7
Schenectady, NY
37% $70,300 $41,500 94% $27,000 $58,500
78
8
Brunswick, ME
15% $69,700 $26,700 100% $18,800 $55,500
91
9
Winston-Salem, NC
30% $70,800 $25,600 96% $23,000 $56,000
111
10
Middletown, CT
18% $71,600 $22,000 93% $17,500 $55,900
121
11
68% $28,800 $15,700 100% $25,500 $64,600
124
12
36% $72,100 $24,900 100% $22,000 $53,700
130
13
Waterville, ME
19% $70,200 $22,600 100% $19,300 $55,200
133
14
43% $69,900 $33,900 100% $27,000 $52,000
142
15
Loudonville, NY
73% $55,100 $28,800 100% $27,000 $50,200
145
16
65% $57,100 $26,100 99% $27,000 $48,200
146
17
Gettysburg, PA
43% $68,300 $37,200 95% $22,000 $52,600
153
18
39% $68,800 $39,900 99% $28,300 $70,800
158
19
64% $50,300 $24,800 74% $21,200 $48,300
158
19
48% $66,600 $43,700 97% $27,000 $69,200
160
21
61% $65,900 $41,400 85% $27,000 $57,100
162
22
82% $56,500 $27,900 100% $27,000 $47,100
164
23
66% $31,100 $16,200 63% $23,000 $47,400
165
24
69% $61,000 $47,000 N/A $31,300 $59,200
167
25
Philadelphia, PA
52% $33,200 $22,800 84% $26,000 $48,800
169
26
70% $25,700 $11,600 94% $16,300 $53,900
170
27
Worcester, MA
78% $55,900 $31,600 100% $27,000 $50,700
172
28
Providence, RI
55% $66,500 $37,800 98% $27,000 $54,700
173
29
Lake Forest, IL
57% $60,100 $26,300 N/A $27,000 $51,000
176
30
New York, NY
62% $36,000 $20,300 95% $12,500 $55,700
182
31
36% $71,800 $36,700 100% $24,500 $57,500
187
32
North Andover, MA
82% $59,300 $35,400 99% $27,000 $51,900
192
33
Carlisle, PA
43% $70,700 $36,900 98% $21,000 $52,400
193
34
66% $53,300 $19,400 N/A $25,000 $46,900
201
35
66% $25,700 $19,000 78% $20,200 $47,600
213
36
68% $26,600 $6,600 90% $13,200 $47,700
218
37
77% $31,000 $15,400 59% $21,100 $44,500
220
38
Granville, OH
44% $66,500 $34,400 100% $26,000 $51,000
221
39
Syracuse, NY
65% $51,200 $25,100 100% $26,200 $47,300
229
40
Saratoga Springs, NY
29% $71,100 $25,700 100% $19,500 $51,200
232
41
Beverly, MA
79% $51,500 $37,100 82% $27,000 $47,600
233
42
71% $52,100 $23,700 100% $27,000 $48,000
239
43
Northampton, MA
37% $71,200 $26,000 98% $19,000 $48,800
241
44
Spartanburg, SC
70% $59,100 $27,500 100% $25,700 $47,200
245
45
New London, CT
35% $71,100 $29,800 94% $23,600 $53,200
249
46
Poughkeepsie, NY
41% $56,200 $38,500 71% $26,000 $51,600
255
47
77% $58,900 $33,600 99% $28,000 $50,400
256
48
66% $66,100 $36,700 76% $27,000 $55,100
257
49
68% $58,100 $33,200 100% $27,000 $49,900
259
50
57% $35,300 $20,900 93% $22,400 $47,200
Rank
1
Canton, NY
Money rank
133
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
2
Worcester, MA
Money rank
158
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
3
Pasadena, CA
Money rank
165
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
4
Philadelphia, PA
Money rank
167
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
5
Hayward, CA
Money rank
169
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
6
Lake Forest, IL
Money rank
173
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
7
Saratoga Springs, NY
Money rank
229
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
8
Beverly, MA
Money rank
232
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
9
Spartanburg, SC
Money rank
241
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
10
Baltimore, MD
Money rank
256
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
11
Notre Dame, IN
Money rank
162
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
12
Turlock, CA
Money rank
49
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
13
Brunswick, ME
Money rank
78
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
14
Winston-Salem, NC
Money rank
91
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
15
Middletown, CT
Money rank
111
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
16
Lancaster, PA
Money rank
124
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
17
Fairfield, CT
Money rank
160
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
18
New York, NY
Money rank
176
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
19
North Andover, MA
Money rank
187
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
20
Carlisle, PA
Money rank
192
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
21
Morristown, NJ
Money rank
193
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
22
Evansville, IN
Money rank
233
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
23
Harrisonburg, VA
Money rank
39
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
24
Carson, CA
Money rank
45
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
25
Lewiston, ME
Money rank
52
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
26
Loudonville, NY
Money rank
142
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
27
Duluth, MN
Money rank
158
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
28
Worcester, MA
Money rank
170
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
29
Salisbury, MD
Money rank
201
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
30
Bakersfield, CA
Money rank
213
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
31
Granville, OH
Money rank
220
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
32
Northampton, MA
Money rank
239
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
33
Chicago, IL
Money rank
37
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
34
Schenectady, NY
Money rank
53
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
35
Waterville, ME
Money rank
130
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
36
Saint Peter, MN
Money rank
145
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
37
Hoboken, NJ
Money rank
153
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
38
Providence, RI
Money rank
172
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
39
Syracuse, NY
Money rank
221
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
40
Poughkeepsie, NY
Money rank
249
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
41
Newport, RI
Money rank
257
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
42
Worcester, MA
Money rank
42
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
43
Vallejo, CA
Money rank
121
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
44
Gettysburg, PA
Money rank
146
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
45
Montclair, NJ
Money rank
164
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
46
Rochester, NY
Money rank
182
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
47
Galloway, NJ
Money rank
218
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
48
New London, CT
Money rank
245
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
49
Colchester, VT
Money rank
255
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
50
Saint Paul, MN
Money rank
259
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
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