Yale University Joins Other Colleges Requiring Standardized Tests for Admissions

Published February 2024

Over the last few years, many US colleges have become test optional in their admissions processes. However, some top colleges have again started requiring tests for admissions.

Yale University is the latest top college to require test scores for admissions! Starting for applicants applying to enter in Fall 2025, they will have to submit SAT, ACT, AP or IB scores. Yale joins Dartmouth and MIT in changing policies to require tests for college admissions.

In an age of rampant grade inflation, standardized tests are an additional factor that can help predict if a student can thrive in certain majors that involve quantitative data such as economics or engineering.

Here is a list of colleges that currently require test scores for applicants entering in Fall 2025 (updated April 2024):

Brown University

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Dartmouth College

Florida International University

Florida State University

Georgetown University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Harvard University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

New College of Florida

Purdue University

United States Air Force Academy

United States Military Academy at West Point

University of Florida

University of South Florida

University of Tennessee

Yale University

Although most colleges are currently test optional for admissions, I expect a few more to reinstate test requirements in the next year. Please note that Cornell announced in April 2024 that although it remains test optional for those applying for Fall 2025, they will require standardized test scores for college applicants hoping to enter in Fall 2026.

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