Colleges that require all SAT scores to be sent: Full List

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

“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.


Rice University

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!


School Name

City

State
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
Georgetown University Washington DC
Howard University Washington DC
Delaware State University Dover DE
Barry University Miami Shores FL
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee FL
Southeastern University Lakeland FL
Fort Valley State University Fort Valley GA
Dordt College Sioux Center IA
MacMurray College Jacksonville IL
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
Colgate University Hamilton NY
Cooper Union New York NY
Cornell University Ithaca 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
Syracuse University Syracuse NY
United States Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point NY
Art Academy of Cincinnati Cincinnati OH
Cameron University Lawton OK
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
The Citadel Charleston SC
Tennessee Technological University Cookeville TN
Dallas Christian College Dallas TX
Howard Payne University Brownwood TX
LeTourneau University Longview TX
Midwestern State University Wichita Falls TX
Rice University Houston 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
Alderson-Broaddus College Philippi WV
Fairmont State University Fairmont WV
West Virginia University Institute of Technology Montgomery WV