In today’s ever-changing college admissions landscape, it’s imperative for students and parents to stay informed about the latest standardized testing requirements. More colleges are reinstating requirements that a student submit an SAT or ACT score. In fact, since the start of 2024, the following schools have rolled back their test-optional policies: Brown, California Institute of Technology, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Stanford, the University of Texas at Austin, and Yale.

Where to begin? We’re here to help! Read on for the latest SAT/ACT testing requirements for Fall 2025 admissions, and beyond. We’ve included links to the following schools’ admissions websites. Students should always check the testing requirements for each individual school when planning an SAT/ACT preparation timeline and creating a college list.

Latest Testing Requirements for Fall 2025 College Admissions:

Updated 7/18/2024

Several universities have reinstated their SAT/ACT requirements beginning with the Fall 2025 admissions cycle. Below is a list of schools that require standardized test scores: 

Some universities have more specific requirements or policies that will fully take effect in 2026:

School Testing Policy Details
Auburn University Test-Optional/Required Requires SAT/ACT for students with a GPA below 3.6.
Cornell University Test-Recommended Fall 2025 Recommends SAT/ACT for students applying for Fall 2025 and will require scores for students applying for Fall 2026.
Georgetown Test-Required Requires SAT/ACT and submission of each applicant’s complete testing record.
Rice University Test-Recommended Recommends SAT/ACT for students applying for Fall 2025.
Stanford University Test-Required Will require SAT/ACT for students applying for Fall of 2026.
Yale University Test-Flexible Requires SAT, ACT, AP Exams, or IB scores for students applying for Fall 2025.


For Ivy League schools with test-optional policies:

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