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10 Great Colleges That Don’t Care About Your SATs

MONEY's best-value schools where test scores are optional.

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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

    Acceptance rate: 58%

    MONEY Best Colleges rank: 109

    Location: Baltimore, Md.

    Read more about Loyola.

  • 10. Bates College (tie)

    Bates College
    Phyllis Graber Jensen—Bates College

    Acceptance rate: 24%

    MONEY Best Colleges rank: 109

    Location: Lewiston, Maine

    Read more about Bates.

  • 9. St. Lawrence University

    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

    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

    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

    Acceptance rate: 60%

    MONEY Best Colleges ranking: 64

    Location: Providence

    Read more about Providence College.

  • 3. Fairfield University

    Fairfield University

    Acceptance rate: 71%

    MONEY Best Colleges rank: 56

    Location: Fairfield, Conn.

    Read more about Fairfield University.

  • 2. Bowdoin College

    Michele StapletonBowdoin College

    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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