Updated: Mar 14
It's testing time! When the scores arrive, a few considerations/options:
What schools are test blind? - no scores are reviewed
What schools are test-flexible - minimum GPA or AP/IB exam scores can suffice
What schools are test-optional for Fall 2023 applicants?
While the data is a moving target, here is what we know now
Most Selective Schools - Accept <25% of students - The jury is still out for about 12 schools that have not confirmed their class of 2023 policies. The balance of selective schools is offering options for submitting test scores. Examples include Boston College, Duke University, Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, and Tulane.
State Flagship Universities - While the majority have announced test-optional or test-flexible for the Fall 2023-2024 application cycle, some notables.
Tests Required - Florida and Georgia state schools and The University of Texas Austin.
Not yet announced for Fall 2023 applicants - Auburn, Clemson, LSU, NC State, Chapel Hill, Rutgers, Texas A&M, University of Mississippi, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University
Very Selective Schools - Accept 25 - 50% of students - Some popular schools in this category still have not announced their decision for Fall 2023. These schools include the University of Richmond and Villanova University
State Regional Universities - We see most of these schools as test-optional. Similar to their flagship counterparts, North Carolina regional state schools have not yet committed to a policy for Fall 2023. Some other schools, such as the University of Cincinnati, Miami University, and UMBC, have not yet been announced.
Moderately Sized and Traditional Private Schools - We see all of these schools permanently on the test-optional bandwagon or at least through Fall 2023. The only notable for now that has not announced a policy for Fall 2023 is Syracuse University
As students consider validating the strength of their high school academics, it is important to understand that eliminating admission test scores requires that the other tools in their arsenal have strength. Make sure your academic profile is sturdy.