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Complete List: Colleges That Require SAT Subject Tests

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 14, 2017 2:30:00 PM

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Does applying to college feel like you're trying to walk through a door, but don't yet have the keys? To gain access, first you need to understand exactly what your colleges require. This can be tricky with the SAT Subject Tests, as colleges have several different policies.

We've compiled a comprehensive list of colleges that require SAT Subject Tests, along with others that recommend or consider them as part of your application. As policies are continually changing, always double check with the school about their standardized testing requirements. Let us know in the comments if we need to make any updates! 

Because our list is comprehensive and definitive, this page is pretty long. Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to read our tips on which SAT Subject Tests you should take and other strategies.

 

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Colleges That Require SAT Subject Tests

This chart shows the standardized testing policies for the 2017 year. We've marked four policies towards the Subject Tests: required, recommended, considered, and alternative.

  • Required means you have to take the SAT Subject Tests. In a few cases, as you'll see, colleges will accept the ACT in lieu of the Subject Tests. Some colleges require one subject test, while the more competitive, selective colleges require two.

  • Recommended is a little vague, as it leaves the decision up to you whether or not to send your scores. If you can achieve high scores or want to make up for a low SAT score, then it's a good idea. If your scores are low and will look like an outlier on your application, you might be better served not sending them. In most of these cases, though, colleges will likely appreciate that you took on the extra challenge and can demonstrate subject mastery.

  • Considered means that the colleges do not necessarily expect your SAT Subject Test scores, but they will factor them in if you decide to send them. If you have a real interest in a particular subject or it's connected to your future academic and/or professional goals, then it may enhance your application to send a (strong) Subject Test score.

  • Alternative means that colleges have unique policies that may be test flexible. For more on this, check out the full list of test optional and test flexible schools here.

 

Furthermore, some schools accept the ACT + Writing in lieu of the SAT and Subject Tests. In other words, you can submit the SAT + two Subject Tests or the ACT + Writing. We've indicated that in the 3rd column below.

We've sorted the list alphabetically for your convenience. Find all your schools of interest, and scroll down to the end to read our tips on SAT Subject Tests.

College Category ACT in Lieu of SAT and Subject Tests? Policy
Amherst College Considered   Applicants who wish to submit Subject Test results may do so for consideration as part of the application evaluation process.
Barnard College Considered   Subject tests are not required, but will be considered if submitted.
Boston College Considered   SAT II Subject Tests are optional. If you would like to highlight a talent in a specific area, you are welcome to submit SAT Subject Tests for consideration with your application. Subject Tests, particularly in foreign languages and the sciences, may be used for placement during the first year.
Boston University Considered [Req for Special Programs]   Accelerated medical and dental programs require Subject Tests in Chemistry and Math 2. A Subject Test in a foreign language is also recommended for these programs.
Bowdoin College Considered [Req for students who were homeschooled or attended high schools with no grades]   Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are all optional, but will be considered if submitted. Applicants for whom subject tests are required should take Math Level 1 or 2 and a science.
Brown University Recommended (2)   Liberal Medical Education Applicants should submit at least one Subject Test in either Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
Bucknell University Considered   Students may submit their SAT Subject Test scores as supplemental information to their application. Bucknell does recommend the test in foreign language for any student planning to enroll in foreign language coursework.
California Institute of Technology Required (2)   Requires Specific Tests: SAT Subject Test Math Level 2, and one SAT Subject Test in science.
Carleton College Considered   Applicants may submit the results of their SAT subject tests. We have found these tests valuable aids in the assessment of the quality of student achievement in a wide variety of secondary school programs. It has been our experience that SAT subject test results usually enhance a candidate's credentials and only rarely constitute a negative factor.
Carnegie Mellon University Recommended for most programs   Two SAT Subject Tests are recommended, in addition to the SAT/ACT, except for the College of Fine Arts.
Claremont McKenna Considered   Subject Tests are considered if submitted. Homeschooled students are required to submit two SAT Subject Tests, one of which must be math.
Colby College Alternative   Two SAT Subject Tests can be substituted in place of either the SAT or ACT.
College of the Holy Cross Considered   Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are all optional, but will be considered if submitted.
Colorado College Alternative   3 SAT Subject Tests can be substituted in place of either the SAT or ACT. The tests must include one quantitative, one writing/verbal, and a third of your choice.
Columbia University Considered   The SAT Subject Test scores are not required, but Columbia will accept scores from the exams if you choose to submit them. You will not be at a disadvantage should you choose not to take the tests or submit the scores to Columbia.
Connecticut College Considered   Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are all optional, but will be considered if submitted.
Cooper Union Required [Engineering Only] (2)   All Engineering applicants must submit two SAT II subject test scores. One must be in Math (Level 1 or 2) and the other must be in either Physics or Chemistry. Architecture and Art applicants are not required to submit SAT II scores.
Cornell University Required [Arts and Sciences and Engineering only]    Subjects of your choice for Arts and Sciences; math and a science of your choice for Engineering.
Dartmouth College Recommended   We recommend that you submit two SAT Subject Test scores to help us better understand your academic strengths. We encourage you take tests in the two subjects you like the most. If you submit more than two subject test scores, we will look at your two best scores. Alternately, if you do not submit subject test scores, it will not prevent your candidacy from receiving a full review by the Admissions Committee.
Davidson College Considered   If applicants have taken SAT Subject Tests, Davidson welcomes but does not require those scores.
Duke University Recommended Yes For those students who submit the SAT, two subject tests strongly recommended.
Emory University Recommended [Req for homeschooled applicants]   SAT II subject exams are encouraged, but not required. Students are encouraged to submit SAT subject exam scores for academics areas of strength and/or interest. Since these exams are not required, students have the choice of which subject exams they want to report. Do note that we request home-schooled applicants submit scores from three SAT II subject exams.
Franklin Olin College of Engineering Considered   Subject Tests are considered if submitted.
George Washington University Considered [Req Special Programs] (2)   Two SAT Subject Tests are required in science and mathematics for the Seven Year BA/MD program.
Georgetown University Recommended [Strongly] (3)   Strongly Recommended: Three SAT Subject Tests.
Hamilton College Alternative   Three SAT Subject Tests can be substituted in place of either the SAT or ACT. One must be a verbal or writing/essay test, one must be a quantitative test, and the third is your choice.
Harvard College Required (2)   Two SAT Subject Tests are Required, in addition to the SAT/ACT, except in special circumstances:

"While we normally require two SAT Subject Tests, you may apply without them if the cost of taking the tests represents a financial hardship or if you prefer to have your application considered without them...If your first language is not English, a Subject Test in your first language may be less helpful."
Harvey Mudd College Required (2)   Two SAT Subject Tests are required. One must be in Math Level 2; the other can be in any subject the student chooses.
Ithaca College Considered   Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are all optional, but will be considered if submitted. SAT Subject Tests are still considered optional supplements for homeschooled applicants.
Johns Hopkins University Considered  

Applicants may also choose to submit SAT Subject Tests in one or more areas of interest as a way to demonstrate an academic strength. We will consider the two highest Subject Test scores when reviewing applications, but your application will not be negatively affected if you choose not to submit Subject Test scores.

Lafayette College Recommended   Subject Tests are recommended to strengthen your application.
Lehigh University Recommended   SAT Subject Tests are not required for admissions, but are recommended as college credit may be awarded for scores of 700 or higher.
Macalester College Considered   Subject Tests are considered if submitted.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Required (2)   Two SAT Subject Tests are Required, in addition to the SAT/ACT.

Specific tests required: Math (Level 1 or Level 2) and either Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
McGill University Required (2) Yes SAT + two SAT Subject Tests Required , OR ACT with Writing
Middlebury College Alternative   3 SAT Subject Tests can be substituted in place of either the SAT or ACT.
Mills College Considered [Required for homeschooled applicants]   In addition to first-year student requirements, homeschool students  will need to submit official results of the GED or the California High School Proficiency Examination and two SAT subject tests
New York University Alternative   Test requirements satisfied by fulfilling one of the following:
  •  SAT (essay not required)
  • ACT (writing not required)
  • Three Subject Tests
  • Three AP exams
  • The International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Three IB higher-level exams (if a student is not an IB Diploma candidate)

Students who choose to submit three SAT Subject Tests, AP or IB scores must submit one in literature or the humanities, one in math or science, and one of the student's choice.
Northwestern University Considered   SAT subject tests are optional. Subject exams...allow students to demonstrate their skill level(s) in a particular area. However, subject tests may be from topics outside of your potential major. Prospective students who do not submit SAT subject test results will not be penalized; we recognize that many applicants may not have the opportunity to sign up for the exams.
Oberlin College Considered   Subject Tests are considered if submitted.
Occidental College Considered   Subject Tests are considered if submitted.
Pomona College Considered [Recommended for homeschooled applicants]   SAT Subject Test scores are optional. In addition to the SAT or ACT test results, home-schooled students are encouraged, although not required, to submit results of at least two SAT Subject or Advanced Placement exams
Pratt Institute Considered [Req Architecture]   Bachelor of Architecture applicants are recommended to take the Math Level 1 or Level 2 Subject Test.
Princeton University Recommended (2)  

We recommend, but do not require, that you take two SAT Subject Tests.

We recommend, but do not require, the submission of two SAT Subject tests. If you intend to pursue a B.S.E. degree, we recommend you take one SAT Subject Test in either physics or chemistry and one SAT Subject Test in mathematics (Level I or II).

Reed College Considered   Subject Tests are considered if submitted.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Considered [Req for Special Programs] Yes Applicants to the accelerated programs in law or medicine must submit two SAT Subject Tests (one math and one science).
Rice University Required (2) Yes Two SAT Subject Tests in fields related to proposed area of study are required.
Smith College Considered   SAT II subject tests are optional for all applicants.
Stanford University Considered  

Stanford requires just one exam—either the SAT with Essay or the ACT with Writing. All other exams are optional. Because additional scores can assist us in our evaluation process, we welcome the self-reporting of these results in your application.

Stevens Institute of Technology Considered [Req for Special Programs]   Subject Tests in Math (Level 1 or 2) and either Chemistry or Biology are required for the Accelerated Medical Program.
Swarthmore College Considered  

Subject Tests are not required for admission, but will be considered if submitted. Prospective engineers are encouraged to submit the Math 2 Subject Test.

Tufts University Required (2) Yes Tufts requires either the SAT (without the optional essay) plus two SAT Subject Tests, or the ACT (the writing section will no longer be required.)

Engineering applicants submitting Subject Tests are advised to take math and either physics or chemistry. Students considering a major in mathematics or the sciences are advised to take math and a science test.
Union College Considered [Req for Special Programs] Yes Test Optional. Students applying to the Leadership in Medicine program are required to submit one math andone1 science Subject Test along with the SAT. Alternatively, applicants can submit the ACT in lieu of both SAT and Subject Tests.
University of California, Berkeley Recommended   Scores from SAT Subject Tests can be used to showcase academic mastery.
University of California, Davis Considered   SAT Subject Tests are not required and UC Davis will consider submitted SAT Subject Test scores only if they benefit the applicant.
University of California, Irvine Recommended   Submission of SAT Subject Test scores is not required, but may add positively to the review of your application.
University of California, Los Angeles Recommended for Some Programs   School of Engineering and Applied Sciences recommends Math Level 2 and a science test related to the applicant's intended major.
University of California, Merced Considered   The SAT Subject Tests are not required.  However, you are welcome to submit scores if you would like to:
  • Use Subject Tests to satisfy “a-g” subject requirements.
  • Show your mastery of a particular subject or set of subjects.
University of California, Riverside Recommended for Some Programs   UC Riverside does not require SAT Subject Tests, but some academic departments and highly competitive majors recommend them. Applicants should take the Math 2 Subject Test and either Chemistry or Physics if they are interested in Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) or the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS).
University of California, San Diego Recommended for Some Programs   Biological or physical science applicants and applicants to the School of Engineering should take Math Level 2 and a science Subject Test related to the applicant's intended major.
University of California, Santa Barbara Recommended for Some Programs   Two SAT Subject Tests closely related to your major are recommended for engineering, biological or physical sciences majors. If taking math subject test, Math Level 2 is required.
University of California, Santa Cruz Considered   UCSC does not use the SAT Subject Tests for selection purposes, but you can use SAT Subject Tests to satisfy the "a-g" UC requirements.
University of Chicago Considered   If you have done exceptionally well on a particular subject test and would like to show us, feel free to send us that score.
University of Georgia Recommended   Subject Tests are recommended to strengthen your application.
University of Miami Considered [Req for Special Programs]   Honors Program in Medicine and Honors Program in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology require minimum scores of 600 on a math Subject Test and on a science Subject Test.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Considered   You may submit supplemental scores from AP, IB or SAT Subject tests if you think they are a good reflection of your mastery of the material.
University of Notre Dame Considered   SAT Subject Tests, AP, and IB tests are only used in the application process if scores enhance an application.
University of Pennsylvania Considered  

SAT Subject Tests are recommended but not required. Applicants who do not take SAT Subject Tests will not be at a disadvantage in the admissions process.

Penn recommends any two subject tests to Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences applicants; Science (preferably Chemistry) for Nursing applicants; Math Level 2 and a science test (preferably physics for Engineering students) to STEM applicants; and Math Level 2 to Business applicants.

University of Rochester Alternative   Two SAT Subject Tests can be substituted in place of either the SAT or ACT.
University of Southern California Optional [Req for homeschooled students]  

We require SAT Subject tests only from first-year applicants who do not attend a regionally accredited high school (such as home school, some non-accredited parochial or community based programs, even some newer schools). These students must submit three SAT Subject exams, including one in mathematics, in addition to the SAT or ACT. For all other applicants, these exams are optional.

University of Virginia Considered   Subject Tests are considered if submitted.
Vanderbilt University Considered   Subject Tests are considered if submitted.
Vassar College Considered   SAT Subject Tests are not required, and students opting not to send Subject Tests will not be penalized. However, SAT Subject Tests will be considered if submitted as part of a testing profile. Subject Tests may enhance an applicant’s credentials, particularly for applicants from non-traditional school backgrounds (homeschooled, non-graded schools, etc.). Note that a strong score on an SAT Subject Test is also one way to fulfill Vassar’s Foreign Language Proficiency requirement.
Wake Forest University Considered   Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are all optional, but will be considered if submitted. Subject Test Scores may be self-reported.
Washington and Lee University Considered   Subject Tests are considered if submitted.
Washington University in St. Louis Considered   We will only consider them if they strengthen your application.
Webb Institute Required (2)   Two SAT Subject Tests are Required, in addition to the SAT/ACT.

Specific tests required: Math Level 1 or 2 and Chemistry or Physics.
Wellesley College Considered   Some candidates may wish to provide additional testing to demonstrate particular academic strengths.
Wesleyan University Considered [Req for some students]  

Test Optional for US and Canadian students. SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are all optional, but will be considered if submitted.

Candidates applying from secondary schools that provide written evaluations in place of traditional grades or students who have been homeschooled, attend online high schools, or who are enrolled in other non-traditional secondary school programs are required to submit ACT results or the SAT and two or more SAT Subject Tests.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Considered   Test Optional. SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are all optional, but will be considered if submitted.
Yale University Recommended   SAT Subject Tests are recommended but not required. Applicants who do not take SAT Subject Tests will not be disadvantaged in the application process. We will consider your application on the basis of the other testing, and all the other information, that we receive with your application. You may wish to consider whether there are particular areas of academic strength you would like to demonstrate to the Admissions Committee. Subject Tests can be one way to convey that strength. 

 

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Other Schools that Require or Recommend SAT Subject Tests 

College Board also suggests that the following additional schools use SAT Subject Tests when they determine admission. If you're interested in any of these schools, look up their website or give them a call to find out if they're schools that require SAT Subject Tests or simply consider them for admission.

 

Agnes Scott College

Cleary University

Kennesaw State University

Queens College (City University of New York)

Thomas University

University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

Albertus Magnus College

Drew University

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Randolph-Macon College

Trinity Christian College

University of Puerto Rico at Ponce

Alderson-Broaddus College

Eastern Nazarene College

Lamar University

Savannah State University

Trinity College

University of Puerto Rico at Utuado

American Baptist College

Eckerd College

Marietta College

Seattle Pacific University

Union University

University of the Pacific

American University of Puerto Rico

Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Shimer College

University of Central Oklahoma

University of Waterloo

Arizona State University

Felician College

Medgar Evers College (City University of New York)

Simpson University

University of Delaware

University of West Florida

Armstrong Atlantic State University

Fordham University

Mercyhurst University

Skidmore College

University of Great Falls

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

Baptist University of the Americas

Friends University

Meredith College

Soka University of America

University of Maine at Fort Kent

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Bryn Mawr College

George Mason University

Missouri Southern State University

South Carolina State University

University of Mary Washington

Wagner College

Buffalo State College

Georgia College and State University

Moody Bible Institute

Southern Methodist University

University of Massachusetts Boston

Warner Pacific College

California Baptist University

Gettysburg College

Morgan State University

Southern Oregon University

University of Michigan

Washington & Jefferson College

Carroll College

Grace Bible College

Mount Holyoke College

St. Bonaventure University

University of Nebraska - Kearney

Webb Institute

Catholic University of America

Haverford College

North Carolina State University

St. Joseph's College - Long Island Campus

University of North Dakota

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Champlain College

Hellenic College

Northern Arizona University

St. Lawrence University

University of North Georgia

Whittier College

Chapman University

Hillsdale College

Northwood University

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

University of Oregon

Whitworth University

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Hofstra University

Ohio Valley University

State University of New York Institute of Technology

University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla

Williams College

Clarkson University

Huston-Tillotson University

Oregon State University

Stillman College

University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo

 

Clayton State University

Indiana University Bloomington

Principia College

Texas A&M University - Galveston

University of Puerto Rico at Humacao

 

 

You'll have to check with the individual schools to see if they have a preference for exactly which subject tests you take. Some engineering and technical schools, for example, prefer that you take math and science Subject Tests. MIT and Caltech both require one math and one science, with CalTech only accepting the Math Level 2 Subject Test.

Selective liberals arts schools tend to prefer a wide range of academic strengths and interests, so your best bet might be pairing a Subject Test in the humanities, like Literature or History, with one in math or science. Scoring high on a language test is also a valuable asset to add to your application, as colleges appreciate students with language skills and global competencies as they build their multicultural student body.

Now that you have a sense of the SAT Subject Test requirements, what are your next steps?

  

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SAT Subject Tests: Final Thoughts

As with all parts of your application, make sure you're aware of all the requirements, recommendations, and best approaches. Especially since policies are becoming more and more flexible, always double check with your school of interest to make sure you understand what they want.

If you are applying to a test flexible school, you may be able to present your highest score through AP tests or the SAT Subject Tests. Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses, take some practice tests, and get a sense of where you will perform best.

SAT Subject Tests may seem daunting, but they're actually closely aligned with the exams you take in class. If you're particularly interested in studying the natural world, reading and analyzing literature, solving geometry, or communicating in another language, then they might present a great opportunity for you to highlight your strengths and your own unique passions and interests.

 

What's Next?

Click here to see the full list of SAT Subject Tests and learn how to choose which tests are best for you

Another important consideration is when to take the Subject Tests, especially since you might also be taking the SAT, ACT, AP exams, and finals. This article tells you all the dates on which the various Subject Tests are offered and offers some advice on your most effective schedule.

Are you also taking the SAT? The SAT requires a lot of prep to score well, and first you have to figure out when to make time to prep in your busy schedule. Read all about when you should begin to study so you can maximize your scores.

 

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Rebecca graduated with her Master's in Adolescent Counseling from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has years of teaching and college counseling experience and is passionate about helping students achieve their goals and improve their well-being. She graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT.



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