For at least one more application cycle, all Ivy League applicants will once again consider if they can demonstrate their aptitude with a standardized test score. Yale and Princeton admissions officers recently announced maintaining test optional admissions policies through Fall 2023, joining the rest of the Ivy League colleges, although with varying timeframes for the extensions.
- Admissions officers at Brown, Dartmouth, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale extended test optional admissions policies for the next Fall 2023 admissions season only.
- Columbia and Cornell administrators extended test optional admissions for two more application cycles: Fall 2023 and Fall 2024.
- Harvard admissions officers extended test optional admissions for four years: Fall 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026.
Furthermore, admissions officers at other highly selective colleges, where admit rates are in the low teens to single digit percentages, have also extended test optional admissions policies for Fall 2023, for one additional year at Stanford and CalTech, as well as four more years at Johns Hopkins.
In such a marked shift in college admissions policies, students and their families are also reorienting their preparation for college. With choice, applicants are imbued with greater responsibility in determining how to showcase their qualifications for admissions, which may or may not include an SAT or ACT score.
To exercise their choice responsibly, families will also need counsel who, with the latest information and experience, can recommend how each student can prepare for admissions to college.
For nearly twenty years, Jill and the Creative Marbles team have assisted thousands of clients—and stand at the ready to advise any family and student, anywhere around the world. Contact Jill for more details.