Are you making a list of colleges to apply to? You may not have considered which schools require you to send your entire SAT testing record.
Unfortunately, you cannot always conceal your poor SAT scores! So, if you have some less-than-stellar test results, you should avoid (or at least think twice) about applying to those schools.
We have a comprehensive list of schools that require your entire SAT testing record. Continue reading for this list and exclusive tips for applying to these schools.
UPDATE: During COVID-19, schools do not require test scores.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many schools are abandoning their traditional testing policies and going test-optional for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 application seasons. That is, schools with temporary test-optional policies will not require you to submit your SAT scores as part of your admissions application, and failing to submit SAT scores will have no negative impact on your chances of admission.
Sending SAT Scores to Schools: Is it Better to Send All Scores or Score Choice?
Almost all colleges require you to submit at least one SAT or ACT score as part of your admissions application. However, colleges differ in handling students who have multiple sets of scores, such as if you have 2 sets of SAT results.
Some colleges require you to send your SAT or ACT testing record, even with low scores. (This excludes any tests taken in middle school (7th/8th grade) or earlier as part of a talent-finding program.)
Other colleges may not require you to submit your entire testing record (though they often recommend it anyway). You can take advantage of the SAT’s Score Choice policy at these schools, which allows you to send only your best scores.
What Would Impact Sending All SAT Scores Have?
You may be thinking why it is essential for colleges to see all of your SAT scores. Couldn’t colleges benefit from seeing your entire testing record, including your highest section scores?
Indeed, when you take a test, colleges look at your entire testing history, with the highest scores being given the most weight.
When colleges specifically request all of your scores, it means they’re taking your lower scores into account as well. They are not just looking for low scores and rejecting your application; the higher your total score, the better.
When I contacted colleges to research our new SAT investigation, I asked dozens of admissions officers if members of the 2018 class could take the SAT and apply for admission. This would imply taking the SAT before or during sophomore year.
Many admissions officers advised against taking the SAT at that age. “We’re still going to look at those scores,” a Cornell admissions officer told me, implying that potentially lower scores could hurt your application.
While I believe that even if colleges require all scores, they only look at the highest ones, they wouldn’t need all scores to be sent unless they wanted to consider them all—including the lower ones.
What Effect Does Sending All SAT Scores Have on Your Test-Taking Strategy?
If you are applying and the schools require all SAT scores, you must be very careful every time you take the SAT because you will be required to send any scores you receive, no matter how low they are.
If you’re reading this and are not sure which schools to apply to, we recommend closely looking at the schools that require you to send all of your scores. Adjust your test-taking policy if any schools are a top choice for you.
In general, we recommend taking (or retaking) the SAT only after you’ve studied thoroughly and are confident, you’ll get a good score. However, if you’re applying to an “all-scores” school, you’ll need to be extra cautious.
Do not take the SAT for the first time for practice or become acquainted with the test. Colleges will be able to see your “practice score.” (Not to mention that taking the test for this purpose is a waste of money!)
We recommend taking the PSAT your sophomore and junior year to gain SAT experience and a score without jeopardizing your actual SAT score.
We recommend taking the PSAT your sophomore and/or junior year to gain SAT experience and a score without jeopardizing your actual SAT score.
Make taking strictly timed, full-length SAT practice tests a part of your study routine so that when you sit down to take the SAT for real, it doesn’t feel like it’s your first time.
If you have to retake the SAT, keep studying for both sections (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math), even if you’re only trying to improve one section’s score. You don’t want your other section’s score to drop dramatically on a retake!
More information on how to study effectively can be found in our guides on how long to study for the SAT and how to set a SAT target score.
By following this advice and only taking the SAT after careful preparation, you should be able to apply to “all scores” schools without fear of lower scores undermining your application.
Notable Colleges That Require All SAT Scores
Before we get to the full list of colleges that require all SAT scores, let’s take a look at some of the top schools you might be interested in. We’ve included quotes from their admissions websites to show how serious they are about their scoring policies. My emphasis is bold.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, each of these schools will be test-optional in 2021-2022.
“Georgetown University does not participate in the College Board’s Score Choice program. Georgetown requires you to submit SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Test scores from all test sessions.”
Georgetown is one of the few top universities in the United States that requires you to submit all of your SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject test scores with your application. The majority of schools that require all scores to be sent only want to see all ACT or SAT scores.
While students are not required to submit all of their test scores, it is strongly encouraged. The school’s policy is as follows: When reviewing SAT and ACT scores, we use the highest score from each section from all administrations.
We encourage students to report all scores, knowing that the sections will be recombined to produce the best set of scores for each candidate.
University of Pennsylvania
Penn used to require all scores but has since changed its policy slightly: “While we allow Score Choice, we encourage students to submit their entire testing history for both the ACT and SAT exams.”
Complete List of Colleges Requiring All SAT Scores
The following is a comprehensive list of four-year colleges and universities that require you to submit all SAT scores, organized by state. Examine this list thoroughly. If any of the schools listed here are your top choices, you should be especially cautious about SAT retakes.
Check out the official College Board PDF for a complete list of all colleges (including community colleges) that require all SAT scores.
If your school has begun requiring all SAT scores to be sent and they aren’t listed, please let us know in the comments!
|University of North Alabama||Florence||AL|
|Southern Arkansas University||Magnolia||AR|
|University of Arkansas at Little Rock||Little Rock||AR|
|Point Loma Nazarene University||San Diego||CA|
|Soka University of America||Aliso Viejo||CA|
|University of Colorado Denver||Denver||CO|
|Holy Apostles College and Seminary||Cromwell||CT|
|Yale University||New Haven||CT|
|Delaware State University||Dover||DE|
|Barry University||Miami Shores||FL|
|Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University||Tallahassee||FL|
|Fort Valley State University||Fort Valley||GA|
|Dordt College||Sioux Center||IA|
|Olivet Nazarene University||Bourbonnais||IL|
|Saint Xavier University||Chicago||IL|
|Trinity Christian College||Palos Heights||IL|
|Grace College||Winona Lake||IN|
|Indiana Wesleyan University||Marion||IN|
|Oakland City University||Oakland City||IN|
|University of Saint Francis||Fort Wayne||IN|
|Kansas Wesleyan University||Salina||KS|
|University of Saint Mary||Leavenworth||KS|
|Kentucky Christian University||Grayson||KY|
|Grambling State University||Grambling||LA|
|Louisiana State University of Alexandria||Alexandria||LA|
|Louisiana State University Shreveport||Shreveport||LA|
|Nicholls State University||Thibodaux||LA|
|University of Louisiana at Monroe||Monroe||LA|
|University of Massachusetts Lowell||Lowell||MA|
|University of Maryland||College Park||MD|
|Andrews University||Berrien Springs||MI|
|Cornerstone University||Grand Rapids||MI|
|Sacred Heart Major Seminary||Detroit||MI|
|Oak Hills Christian College||Bemidji||MN|
|Central Methodist University||Fayette||MO|
|Saint Louis University||St. Louis||MO|
|Blue Mountain College||Blue Mountain||MS|
|William Carey University||Hattiesburg||MS|
|University of North Carolina at Charlotte||Charlotte||NC|
|University of Jamestown||Jamestown||ND|
|Mayville State University||Mayville||ND|
|Richard Stockton College of New Jersey||Galloway||NJ|
|Barnard College||New York||NY|
|City College of New York||New York||NY|
|Cooper Union||New York||NY|
|Hunter College||New York||NY|
|Long Island University Brooklyn||New York||NY|
|New York School of Interior Design||New York||NY|
|Queens College (City University of New York)||Flushing||NY|
|United States Merchant Marine Academy||Kings Point||NY|
|Art Academy of Cincinnati||Cincinnati||OH|
|East Central University||Ada||OK|
|Rogers State University||Claremore||OK|
|Southwestern Oklahoma State University||Weatherford||OK|
|Western Oregon University||Monmouth||OR|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh||PA|
|Indiana University of Pennsylvania||Indiana||PA|
|Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania||Shippensburg||PA|
|University of Puerto Rico at Cayey||Cayey||PR|
|University of Puerto Rico at Humacao||Humacao||PR|
|University of Puerto Rico at Ponce||Ponce||PR|
|Columbia International University||Columbia||SC|
|Tennessee Technological University||Cookeville||TN|
|Dallas Christian College||Dallas||TX|
|Howard Payne University||Brownwood||TX|
|Midwestern State University||Wichita Falls||TX|
|St. Edward’s University||Austin||TX|
|Tarleton State University||Stephenville||TX|
|Texas A&M University||College Station||TX|
|Texas A&M University—Kingsville||Kingsville||TX|
|Texas Wesleyan University||Fort Worth||TX|
|University of Texas at Brownsville||Brownsville||TX|
|Neumont University||Salt Lake City||UT|
|Utah State University||Logan||UT|
|Castleton State College||Castleton||VT|
|Washington State University||Pullman||WA|
|University of Wisconsin—Platteville||Platteville||WI|
|Fairmont State University||Fairmont||WV|
|West Virginia University Institute of Technology||Montgomery||WV|