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List of Colleges that Require SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject Tests are hour-long standardized tests in specific academic areas (e.g. Spanish, U.S. History, Chemistry, Math Level 2). These tests are optional, recommended, or required by various colleges for admissions.

The number of colleges that require SAT Subject Tests has shrunk over the years, but these tests can still positively impact your admissions chances at schools where they are not technically required. You’ll notice below that we bundled together schools where the tests are “optional” or “recommended.” This is because for these schools our recommendation is the same: as a rule of thumb, submit your score if it is over 700, do not submit if it is lower. (If you have a question about your specific situation, call us at (267) 888-6489 or contact us today.)

For more information on SAT Subject Tests, read our blog on the topic.

Below is an up-to-date list of schools and their various SAT Subject Test policies compiled by college counselor Cigus Vanni in February of 2017.

Required from all applicants:

California Institute of Technology
Harvard University (MA) – will make exceptions in some cases
Harvey Mudd College (CA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Required from all applicants if they submit the SAT (NOT if they submit the ACT instead):

McGill University (PQ)

Required from some applicants: 

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (NY) – required for prospective engineering majors only
Cornell University (NY) – required for applicants to the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering
Northwestern University (IL) – three required only for students applying to Integrated Science and Engineering Program—only school in U.S. to require three; may also consider AP, IB or college courses to fulfill requirement
University of Toronto (ON) – required for applicants to all programs and faculties except for Applied Science and Engineering

Required from all students from the United States if they do not submit AP or IB test results:

L’ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne (Switzerland)
King’s College of London (United Kingdom)


Optional / Recommended:

Allegheny College (PA)
Amherst College (MA)
Babson College (MA)
Barnard College (NY)
Bates College (ME)
Bennington College (VT)
Boston College (MA)
Boston University (MA)
Bowdoin College (ME)
Brown University (RI)
Bucknell University (PA)
Carleton College (MN)
Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
Case Western Reserve University (OH)
Catholic University of America (D.C.)
Clarkson University (NY)
Colby College (ME)
College of the Holy Cross (MA)
College of William and Mary (VA)
Colorado College
Columbia University (NY)
Connecticut College
Cooper Union (NY)
Cornell University (NY)
Dartmouth College (NH)
Davidson College (NC)
Deep Springs College (CA)
Deep Springs College (NV)
Dickinson College (PA)
Duke University (NC)
Emory University (GA)
Florida Atlantic University
George Mason University (VA)
George Washington University (D.C.)
Georgetown University (D.C.)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hamilton College (NY)
Hillsdale College (MI)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)
Hofstra University (NY)
Indiana University Bloomington
Institut D’Etudes Politique de Paris (France)
Johns Hopkins University (MD)
Kenyon College (OH)
Lafayette College (PA)
Lehigh University (PA)
Macalester College (MN)
Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MA)
Middlebury College (VT)
Morehouse College (GA)
New York University (NY)
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina State University
Northwestern University (IL)
Oberlin College (OH)
Occidental College (CA)
Olin College of Engineering (MA)
Pomona College (CA)
Pratt Institute (NY)
Princeton University (NJ)
Reed College (OR)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)
Rice University (TX)
Scripps College (CA)
Smith College (MA)
Stanford University (CA)
Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)
Swarthmore College (PA)
Trinity College (CT)
Union College (NY)
University of Alberta (Canada)
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Delaware
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Mary Washington (VA)
University of Miami (FL)
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame (IN)
University of the Pacific (CA)
University of Pennsylvania
University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon University College and Mayaguez Campus
University of Rochester (NY)
University of Texas at Austin
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University (TN)
Vassar College (NY)
Wake Forest University (NC)
Washington and Lee University (VA)
Webb Institute (of Naval Architecture) (NY)
Wellesley College (MA)
Wesleyan University (CT)
Wheaton College (MA)
Yale University (CT)

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