If I choose to submit standardized test results, could that impact my chances of admission?

Yes. Test scores of applicants who choose to submit them will be used as a factor within our holistic admission review as we render our decisions. For admission to the Class of 2024, the middle 50% range for admitted students was 1410-1520 on the SAT and 33-35 on the ACT.

View our First-Year Profile for the Class of 2024.

Learn more about our test-optional policy:

Does this policy apply to international students?

Yes. However, international students will still be required to demonstrate English language proficiency via TOEFL, IELTS, or Duoligo English Test results. This requirement may be waived for students who speak English as their native language, attended a US high school for at least three years in a non-ESOL curriculum, or for students who do submit standardized test results and earn scores of 650 or greater on the SAT EBRW or 29 or greater on the ACT English section. Learn more here.

Does this policy apply to transfer applicants?

No. Because the vast majority of transfer applicants submit standardized test scores that were taken while they were in high school, this policy does not apply to transfer students in the 2020-21 application cycle. We expect our transfer students will have taken their exams prior to the pandemic and will have scores to report.

Does this policy apply to home-schooled students?

Yes. However, because the Admission Committee has little context in which to evaluate home-schooled students’ academic results, standardized test results have always been extremely helpful in our deliberation process for this population. Home-schooled applicants who are unable to submit standardized test results are strongly encouraged to submit other available quantitative results such as AP exam scores, SAT Subject Test scores (if previously taken), or other external results to assist us in our evaluation. Official college transcripts should be submitted for all college courses completed.

Does this policy apply to athletic recruits?

Yes, recruited student-athletes will have a choice around whether to submit standardized tests as part of the admission process.


Will students who do not submit standardized test results be eligible for the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program?


Yes. All applicants who submit their admission applications by November 1 will be eligible for consideration of one of 15 Presidential Scholarships. Learn more about applying for the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program.


Will Boston College remain test-optional after this year?

At Boston College, standardized testing provides meaningful context as we evaluate candidates with varying degrees of curricular rigor across more than 6,000 high schools from which we receive applications each year. Our research routinely demonstrates that the inclusion of standardized testing as part of our holistic review process provides the greatest predictive value toward ensuring student success.

With this in mind, we expect to restore standardized testing as a requirement for applicants once the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have subsided.