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.

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

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